Opinion

Opinion October 2019

The taxing art of unrequited love

Opinion August 2019

Let’s tell each other scary economic stories ... like the tragi-comedy of brexit

Opinion July 2019

In search of the caring economy

Lessons to be learned by the new from the old
Opinion

The true nature of Donald Trump …

… as discovered by MBA candidates
Opinion April 2019

What’s in a Name?

Will Reiwa lean on history or carry us forward?
Opinion March 2019

Coming of Chanchanko Jaunes

Japan-style activism in the 21st century
Opinion March 2019

Hostage Justice: Case Closed

As one fraud trial starts, a look at how another one just ended
Opinion February 2019

Broad, detailed and imprecise

The truth about Japanese statistics
Opinion December 2018

Animal Instincts in the Year of the Boar

Opinion November 2018

The Offensiveness of Offensive Corporate Governance

Opinion October 2018

Japanese monetary policy …

Opinion September 2018

Love of notes and coins …

… keeps the Japanese brain awake
Opinion August 2018

Pre-Edo warlords

Japan and the EU join forces against the US
Opinion July 2018

New labour laws

Set to create 21st century ninjas
Opinion June 2018

On mad cats ...

... and Japanese People
Opinion May 2018

Dreaming of Tokyoxit

A future where the capital has left Japan
Opinion

Yes, Prime Minister?

Moritomogate looks like BBC comedy
Opinion March 2017

New global order

Dealmaker sees UK political risk and Japan growth
Opinion April 2012

A "Young" Nation

In March I visited Goa, in western India, for a biannual global partners’ meeting of Glasford International, a partnership of independent, retained executive search firms with offices in some 40 countries, and represented in Japan by TMT Inc.
Opinion April 2012

Taking Care of Stakeholders

When all is said and done, a firm survives and prospers only with the consent of key stakeholders.
Opinion March 2012

Taking Care of Crises

“Crisis” is a word firms hate and consultants love. A crisis to a firm’s board usually means share price freefall and heads rolling. To a consultant, it’s more likely to signal exciting work and big fees from clients who aren’t in a position to argue.
Opinion March 2012

A Case for Internships

During my rewarding internship with Refugees International Japan (RIJ), I had a valuable opportunity to closely observe something that has been in the news a lot recently: how organisations—especially NGOs—should achieve accountability.
Opinion February 2012

Corporate Governance

Corporate governance reform has been a hotly debated topic in Japan for more than 15 years. In 1997, Sony Corporation radically reformed its board of directors and replaced insiders with independent non-executives.
Opinion December 2011

Why I’m Staying in Japan

When firms search for the right country in which to invest, many considerations come to the fore: corporate governance, logistics, legal issues, IP protection, security, education, available skills, politics and social stability.
Opinion April 2011

Best Intentions

“What can I do to help? What do you need?” are the two most frequent questions I hear, several times a day. And not just from people in Japan. We have been inundated with offers of help from as far away as Germany and Africa. We fully appreciate this desire to help, especially in a crisis of this magnitude. It represents one of the best aspects of humanity—that we are willing to make sacrifices for people we probably will never meet. It does give us hope.