Construction, Interior Design, Architecture in Japan – with Mark Dytham

30th January 2024

In this episode we talk with Mark Dytham. The Klein Dytham architectural practice is behind award winning projects. He has over 30 years of experience from first encounters with Japanese …

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Innovation and collaboration in Japan – with Tim Romero
20th November 2023

In this episode we reconnect with our very first guest, Tim Romero, who brought his insights from the world of start-ups. Today we have him back for a fascinating chat …

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Employment Law in Japan – with Hiroshi Chiba
3rd October 2023

In this episode Steve chats with experienced lawyer, Hiroshi Chiba, of Uchisaiwaicho Law Firm. With his speciality in employment law, Chiba-san provides key insight on the subject. From recruiting and …

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Intellectual Property in Japan
6th September 2023

Kicking off a new season of episodes with this conversation about IP in Japan with Satoru Mori of Shiga International Patent office.

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UK-Japan Digital Partnership – with Jana Psarska of TechUK
17th April 2023

The UK-Japan Digital Partnership was signed at the end of 2022. Steve talked to Jana Psarska earlier in the year to discuss the implication of the agreement, the priorities and …

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Hydrogen in Japan
28th March 2023

Professor Joe Howe and Richard Lyle talk to Steve about the hydrogen economy in Japan. Useful links The Intralink report on the Hydrogen Economy Smart Energy Week in Japan

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Japan Success Story: Bango (Part 2)
7th March 2023

The technology behind every payment choice. The second part of Steve’s chat with Anil Malhotra, Chief Marketing Officer (and co-founder) speaking from the UK, and Andy Suzuki, SVP for APAC, …

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Japan Success Story: Bango (Part 1)
7th March 2023

The technology behind every payment choice. Steve talks to Bango’s Anil Malhotra, Chief Marketing Officer (and co-founder) speaking from the UK, and Andy Suzuki, SVP for APAC, based in Tokyo. …

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Japan Success Story – Rutherford’s
20th February 2023

Luxury hand-stitched bridle leather bags – Made in the UK, Sold to Japan. How lost English traditions are revived by the Japanese market. Rutherford’s bags are a success story of …

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DSEI JAPAN: Defence and Security Market Opportunities – With Gary Waterfall
3rd February 2023

Steve catches up with Gary Waterfall, Senior Defence Advisor to Clarion Defence & Security (not to mention a packed military career retiring as Air Vice Marshall, including being part of …

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Marketing in Japan with Nanako Aramaki of Tamlo
19th January 2023

Nanako Aramaki, Chief Localisation Officer, from the Tokyo/London content marketing agency Tamlo, joins Steve in a chat that covers the specific considerations for digital content in Japan. Copying and pasting …

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Japan Success Story: Q-Games (Part 2)
30th December 2022

Join Steve for the second half of his conversation with Dylan and Hollie. Hollie compares marketing and PR in the digital sector in the UK and Japan. Dylan provides more …

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Japan Success Story: Q-Games (Part 1)
23rd December 2022

How a 17-year-old British programmer brought to Japan by Nintendo went on to found one of the most successful independent games development studios in Japan! Steve talks with Dylan Cuthbert …

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OSAKA EXPO 2025: A World of Opportunity – with Kay Nemoto of Dentsu and Minami Uchida of EY Strategy & Consulting.
2nd December 2022

Steve talks to two experts about opportunities around OSAKA EXPO 2025 and beyond.

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Introducing British Chamber of Commerce Japan with Richard Lyle, BCCJ President.
12th October 2022

Episode 26 sees Steve chatting with new(ish) president of BCCJ, Richard Lyle. Giving us an introduction to the aims and initiatives of BCCJ and the value gained through membership.

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Exploring the Space Sector in Japan with Masayasu Ishida of SPACETIDE Foundation
20th September 2022

In episode 25, the first of a new run of our podcast series, Steve talks to the President and CEO of SPACETIDE Foundation, Mr Masayasu Ishida.

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On the Money with Takuma Tanaka, JFSA
24th May 2022

In this episode, Steve talks financial services with Takuma Tanaka, Deputy Director of the Strategy Development Division of the Financial Services Agency in Japan (JFSA).

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Overcoming Japan’s ‘Galapagos Syndrome’ with Dr. Lei Liu, AstraZeneca Japan
24th March 2022

Japanese business is often compared to the ecosystem on the Galapagos Islands: unique due to its isolation. Can changes in regulation provide a shot in the arm for Japan’s economy?

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Market Research in Japan with Rupert Sutton
25th February 2022

In this episode, Steve talks to Rupert Sutton from Weben Partners. Rupert explains some key concepts to understand about the Japanese consumer that companies should consider before entering the Japanese …

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Japan’s Electronics and IT Sector with Mitch Chihara
10th February 2022

In this episode, Steve talks to Mitch Chihara, Trade Policy Committee Chair of Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).

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Building Your Brand in Japan with Tajinder Banwait
4th February 2022

In this episode, we interview Tajinder Banwait, Founder and Managing Director at Urban Apothecary London.

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Smart Cities in Japan with Takehiko Nagumo
4th February 2022

In this episode, Steve explores the emerging trends in smart cities in Japan with Takehiko Nagumo, director at the Smart Cities Institute of Japan. Watch the video version on our …

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Setting up a Company in Japan with Yoko Majima
20th November 2021

Today we interview Yoko Majima, a certified Japanese gyosei shoshi lawyer who specialises in market entry for international companies.

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Japan’s Energy Market with Dan Shulman
1st October 2021

Today we explore some of the opportunities in Japan’s energy market with Dan Shulman, CEO at Shulman Advisory.

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Fintech in Japan with Takeshi Kito and Yuki Kishi
9th September 2021

In today’s episode, Steve speaks to Takeshi Kito and Yuki Kishi from the Fintech Association of Japan about the emerging trends in financial technology.

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Smart Cities in Japan with Takehiko Nagumo
20th August 2021

In this episode, Steve explores the emerging trends in smart cities in Japan with Takehiko Nagumo, director at the Smart Cities Institute of Japan.

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Food, Drink and Agriculture Part 4 with Jonathan Eckley
3rd June 2021

In part 4 of our mini series on Food, Drink and Agriculture, Steve talks to Jonathan Eckley, Head of Asia Pacific at AHDB, about the UK Japan Free Trade Agreement …

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Food, Drink and Agriculture Part 3 with Phil Hadley
22nd April 2021

In part 3 of our mini-series on Food, Drink and Agriculture, Steve talks to Phil Hadley, International Market Development Director at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) about the …

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Food, Drink and Agriculture Part 2 with Robert Sheasby
16th April 2021

In part 2 of our mini-series on Food, Drink and Agriculture, Steve talks to Robert Sheasby, CEO at Agricultural Industries Confederation about the UK Japan Free Trade Agreement (CEPA).

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Food, Drink and Agriculture Part 1 with Dominic Goudie
16th April 2021

In part 1 of our mini-series on Food, Drink and Agriculture, Steve talks to Dominic Goudie, Head of International Trade at Food and Drink Federation about the benefits of the …

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Navigating Business Culture in Japan with Wakako Yamaguchi
1st April 2021

In this episode, Steve is joined by colleague Wakako Yamaguchi, Account Manager at Business Link Japan. As a native Japanese speaker with many years of experience introducing brands to the …

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The Story of an Iconic British Brand in Japan with Jim Walker
12th March 2021

Jim Walker is co-managing director of Walker’s Shortbread Ltd, whose products are now a staple of souvenir shops up and down Japan. In this episode, Jim gives us some great …

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The Healthcare Market in Japan with Harry Kang and Christina Scaduto
5th March 2021

Harry and Christina are with EY-Parthenon’s strategy consulting practice, with a focus on life sciences and healthcare. Harry specializes in the life sciences industry in Japan & Christina specializes in …

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E-commerce in Japan with Mike Nguyen
5th February 2021

In this episode we are joined by Mike Nguyen, Global Partnerships Planner at Rakuten, to explore the rapidly growing world of Japanese ecommerce.

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Shipping Goods to Japan with David Van Turton
17th December 2020

In this episode, we interview David van Turton, Director at Cavelier Logistics. David shares some of his vast experience and we ask him some of the common questions we get …

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Finding the Right Candidates with Kevin Holdaway
29th October 2020

Today we dive into the world of recruitment in Japan with Kevin Holdaway, Sales Director at Gplus media. We discuss the available recruitment methods, cultural differences, typical employee benefits and …

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Breaking Trade Barriers in Japan with Sue Kinoshita
8th March 2019

Steve is joined by Sue Kinoshita, Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the British Embassy in Tokyo, to discuss the role the embassy plays in helping UK companies enter the …

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Lessons from Thirty Years of Selling in Japan with Greg Story
2nd March 2019

In this episode, we take a close look at how foreign exporters can sell to Japanese buyers and how to avoid fatal business pitfalls. Our guest, Dr. Greg Story, author …

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Social Media in Japan with Robert Heldt
2nd March 2019

Today, Steve talks to Robert Heldt, co-founder of Tokyo based online media agency Custom Media, about the intricacies of social media in Japan. Robert gives us some great insight into …

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“Ichi-go Ichi-e, Seize the Moment” with Lori Henderson MBE
2nd March 2019

Steve Crane interviews Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Lori Henderson MBE, on the role of the Chamber and the work that it does. They also …

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The World of Japanese Startups with Tim Romero
2nd March 2019

For our first podcast, Export to Japan CEO Steve Crane sits down with four-time company founder Tim Romero to discuss the changes in the Japanese startup world and their implications …

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