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Saying Yes to Japan: How Outsiders are Reviving a Trillion Dollar Services Market [Paperback]

By Tim Clark, Carl Kay, Marvin L. Bittinger, E. Carmen Ramos (Contributor), Sarah Cypher (Contributor), Jean Ferguson Carr & S. Cao (Contributor)
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Saying Yes to Japan examines the history and future of Japan's service sector, exposing structural shortcomings and offering innovative ways to take advantage of the trillion dollar hole in the nation's domestic economy. Revealing analyses of the real estate, finance, health care, and information technology industries are coupled with up-close profiles of entrepreneurs from around the world who successfully use their "outsider" perspectives to answer surprisingly underserved customer needs.
"From financial services to funeral services, Clark and Kay provide a fascinating tour of important developments in Japan's service economy.” Shinsei Bank Vice Chairman Thierry Porté

"…systematically debunks the myth that Japan's economy is a well-oiled machine..” New York Times business writer Ken Belson
"This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand and profit from inside opportunities in the world's largest creditor nation.” Merrill Lynch Japan Chief Economist Jesper Koll

"A highly enlightening read, full of ideas about how outsiders can make money in the Japanese market in spite of, or perhaps because of, its unique and remarkably closed nature.” China Economic Review

"While many observers have written on Japanese business since the 80s to demand reform or to dispense etiquette tips (and yes, sometimes to praise), this truly entrepreneurial book has an eye-opening focus: where to find those profits and how to make them. Bravo.” President of Nikkei Business Publications America, Tateki Yamamoto

"Filled with fascinating information about how Japan really works.  Shatters the myth that Japanese business is closed to foreigners, by showing the advantages of being different in a land of conformity.” Rochelle Kopp author of The Rice-Paper Ceiling: Breaking Through Japanese Corporate Culture
Tim Clark writes the Japan Entrepreneur Report and serves as Senior Fellow for SunBridge, a Tokyo-based venture capital firm. He teaches at the Portland State University School of Business.

Carl Kay has been founding, running, buying and selling service businesses in Japan and North America for over two decades. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard's East Asian Department and lives in Tokyo.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   175
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Vertical
ISBN  1932234187  
ISBN13  9781932234183  

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A Big YES to Saying Yes to Japan  Aug 13, 2008
In the 1980s, Japan was seen as an unstoppable economic juggernaut, a tsunami that would wash over the entire world. Then, suddenly, everything went wrong. Japan went through a decade of correction for its sudden rise. China and India stepped up on the stage as Japan faded into the background. An entire sub-industry of knowledge - that of the so-called "Japan expert" - has mostly disappeared. The general consensus seems to be that Japan rose rapidly, stumbled, and is now quickly on its way back to global irrelevance.

But then Carl Kay and Tim Clark produced this small book. It essentially says, "wait a second, there's a lot of opportunity in Japan. In fact, now might be a better time than ever!" It is a message that is absolutely correct, and one that the outside world still seems to be ignoring. Outsiders seem to get caught up on the macro issues in Japan; the aging and shrinking population, the looming national debt, the general national malaise, the long and prestigious list of foreign multinationals that have gone to Japan and failed. What Carl and Tim's book advises us to do is to understand and embrace what is still there. Japan is still the world's second largest economy in nominal terms. Even after the "lost decade," Japan's economy is still larger than China's and India's combined. There is a shortage of workers, and a shortage of new ideas. Japan doesn't need foreign multinationals to come in and swallow up her domestic companies. Japan needs entrepreneurs! Japan needs thinkers and builders! And unlike China or India, foreign entrepreneurs won't face hundreds or thousands of domestic entrepreneurial competitors.

Carl Kay and Tim Clark interviewed dozens of entrepreneurs in Japan, many foreign born, some Japanese, all of whom succeeded because they "thought different." It is a testament to Carl and Tim's skills as writers that each story is clear, engrossing, and illustrative. It is the best book on Japanese business or economics I have read in at least two decades. Read this book, become inspired, then move to Japan and make your dream reality.
Whatever your skin color, you can make it in Japan!  Nov 22, 2007
I have found most books concerning "foreigners" or "foreigners running businesses" in Japan to be either overly pedagogical, overly repetitive, or downright depressing. Kudos to Carl Kay, Tim Clark and the editors. They have done a marvelous job putting together a fast-paced book, rich with facts and unique insights on real "gaijin" success stories. And, it's not about the typical white, Anglo-Saxon corporate raider from New York City. We hear feel-good stories of Chinese and Indian entrepreneurs, too. I couldn't put the book down. Order it now and you'll end up recommending it to your friends, as I have.
Trillion Dollar Treasure  Nov 19, 2007
The authors accurately portrayed how foreigners living in Japan can become successful entrepreneurs and address the country's unmet needs in financial, real estate, IT and health care services. Shortcomings in the market have been corrected by persistent foreigners who don't take "no" for an answer.

Although this 2005 book was intended for non-Japanese readers, it contained so much insight (which was not available in Japanese publications) that it had to be translated into Japanese.
Layman's Opinion  Jan 3, 2006
As a layman who is neither well versed in Japanese business practices nor inordinately interested in Japanese culture, I found this book to provide fascinating insights into Japanese culture. The book is easily accessible for the non-MBA type and for those who are not intimately associated with the nuances of Japanese culture. Very interesting read and I would highly recommend it.
Some Good Ideas in a Cheap Book  Dec 11, 2005
This book is good value for money. In accepting the end of Japan Inc, it shows how and where opportunities are opening up in a range of service related areas from healthcare to shopping malls. The economics behind the book is that Japan neglected services and frills when it was playing economic catch up with the West. The business potential stemming from that is immense; while the Japanese excelled at making electronic gadgets, they lagged in a range of other areas. Instead of clobbering us over the head with a dense academic treatise, the authors give us plenty of examples where huge gaps in the market are creating lucrative market niches for a range of foreign players. If you are interested in running a service business in Japan, this small book will give you quite a few hints and a lot of hope. Definitely worth a read: so much so that I gave my copy away to some fashion designers who are making headway here.

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