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Troisième édition de “Lecture Economique Histoire Japon”, (e)Book, Philippe Huysveld

Lecture Economique de l’Histoire du Japon

 

Nous vous invitons à lire la Troisième édition du livre “Lecture Economique de l’Histoire du Japon” !!

Source: Lecture Economique Histoire Japon, eBook, Philippe Huysveld

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 !

 

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JOYEUX NOEL ET BONNE ANNEE 2017 !

良いお年をお迎え下さい。

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Shinnen Akemasite Omedetou Gozaimasu (GBMC)

Shinnen Akemasite Omedetou Gozaimasu (GBMC)

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We wish you a Happy End of the Year Holiday and we are looking forward to keeping in touch, working, engaging or exchanging with you again next year !
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In 2017, please feel free to contact us, as well as to follow us on our Blog (www.gbmc-blog.biz) or to check regularly our website (www.gbmc.biz) for updates.
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The GBMC Team
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GBMC (Global Business & Management Consulting)
Paris, France

IP protection in Japan: “to submit or not to submit a patent, that’s the question”

Par Metiipr — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 4.0, (Wikimedia Commons)https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48284951

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“The filing budgets of many international companies have been reduced since the financial crisis in 2008, and a proportionately greater share of these financial resources is now being allocated to protecting innovations against infringements taking place in China.

The question of where to submit a patent depends on the size of the market, the presence of competitors and the existence of manufacturing bases.

With most manufacturing now being done in China, European companies are more motivated to first submit there, says Ayato Susaki, chief consultant and group leader of the Innovation and Industrial Strategy Group for the Science and Safety Policy Research Division at Mitsubishi Research Institute in Tokyo.

“It also makes sense to submit patents in jurisdictions with many pirated goods, in order to protect against [pirating],” he says.

Felix R. Einsel of Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office in Tokyo is a patent attorney with a licence to jointly litigate cases with other attorneys at law in Japan. He points to inadequacies with the court system in Japan as one of the main reasons those European companies that file frequently in Europe choose not to do so in Japan.

IP protection is supposed to be enforced when an infringement occurs, as lawsuits can be filed with the possibility of damages being awarded by the courts. But in Japan, damages are relatively low, sometimes making court cases little more than a costly exercise.

In Germany, on the other hand, the party that loses the case is required to pay the legal fees of the winning party. Doing so ensures that the patent owner can recover any damages in a true sense.

In Japan, patent infringement cases normally cost between ¥20 million (€162,000) and ¥40 million (€325,000), and each party pays their own legal fees.

Japanese companies also often prefer to reach a settlement before going to court. Einsel highlights the cultural aspects of such a move, especially since companies that sue each other may have a working relationship in other fields that are just as important to them.”     (Source: EUROBIZ News)

 

So, unless the IP court system is improved  and more effective (in a “kaizen” approach), is it really worth going to court for a patent row in Japan, the land of the “consensus”? What is your experience or opinion?

Read more from:

http://eurobiz.jp/feature/better-courts-better-protection/

 


Work Perks in Japan: be creative in compensating your staff!

10000-yen-note

10000-yen-note

 

“Although salary may still be the first thing job seekers look at when scanning potential positions, perks and benefits are being increasingly recognised as crucial ways for companies to attract and retain staff, as well as keep employees happy and productive. While generous expat packages for even mid-level employees at foreign firms in Tokyo may be a distant bubble-era memory, both local and overseas companies are finding creative ways to compensate workers ….  As bonuses have become less variable and salaries have evened out, benefits have become more important than ever.”    (Source: EUROBIZ Newsletter)

 

Basic salary vs Bonus vs Perks/Benefits? What are your expectations? What is the trend in your Japan office? Is your company innovating in that field? What are your preferences and why?

 

Read more fromhttp://eurobiz.jp/feature/work-perks/

 

 


eBook – MOSAICA JAPONICA – Lecture Culturelle du Japon socio-économique

MOSAICA JAPONICA - Ph Huysveld - cover

MOSAICA JAPONICA – Ph Huysveld – cover

 

Contient une préface d’André Jaumotte

 

« Aujourd’hui, il y a sans doute mille choses à apprendre de l’Orient : un énorme travail de connaissance est, sera nécessaire …. L’auteur n’a jamais, en aucun sens, photographié le Japon. Ce serait plutôt le contraire : le Japon l’a étoilé d’éclairs multiples ; ou mieux encore : le Japon l’a mis en situation d’écriture. »

Ces quelques phrases de Roland Barthes dans « L’Empire des Signes » résume très bien les préoccupations de votre modeste guide dans la mosaïque socio-économico-culturelle japonaise.

La mondialisation croissante de ces dernières années conduit le manager, tout comme le citoyen du monde, à faire l’effort de comprendre et d’accepter la pensée de l’autre. Pour maîtriser et gérer les différences de culture et de société, il doit avant tout se mettre à la place de l’autre.

Toutefois, au Japon tout particulièrement, la prise en compte des spécificités culturelles n’est pas chose simple. A cet effet, des programmes d’études en « management interculturel » ont fait leur apparition en Europe, mettant en évidence l’importance de la connaissance de l’environnement culturel pour appréhender la dynamique des marchés asiatiques et, en particulier, japonais.

L’objectif de cet ouvrage à caractère socio-économico-culturel s’inscrit dans cette démarche et consiste à amorcer, avec du recul, une réflexion en profondeur sur les liens ou analogies entre l’économique et le culturel au Japon. L’auteur part du constat qu’un certain nombre d’éléments sont liés et ouvre des pistes de discussion. Il prend aussi à cœur de combattre les préjugés.

Avant toute chose, une mise en garde s’impose. L’archipel nippon, très étendu du Nord au Sud, n’est pas un pays homogène et sa découverte ne se limite pas à une visite de Tokyo, généralement le premier point de chute des visiteurs étrangers. En effet, quittant la métropole, s’ouvre au voyageur attentif un Japon plus traditionnel et plus authentique, tel que présenté dans cet essai.

Dans un premier temps, sont présentés, en deux volets, les Arts et l’Economie du pays. La première partie consiste en un survol de différentes formes d’expression artistique, de pair avec des créations originales en théâtre. La deuxième partie reprend l’économie dans son ensemble et, en particulier, un « zoom » opéré sur la gestion des ressources humaines, la négociation et l’industrie automobile.

Dans un second temps, l’auteur reconstitue par l’analyse de ses fragments la mosaïque japonaise. Le décryptage se fait suivant quatre dimensions interdépendantes de la culture japonaise : le collectivisme ou esprit de groupe, l’ordre et la hiérarchie, la notion d’incertitude et son contrôle, la forte division des rôles entre les hommes et les femmes.

Suivant en cela une démarche « zen » classique, cherchons à dégager la substance essentielle de cet univers japonais complexe.

 

Bonne Lecture!

Philippe Huysveld

 

A cultural screening of Japan’s society and economy!

182 pages eBook (in French) available from various e-commerce platforms like:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/philippe-huysveld/mosaica-japonica-lecture-culturelle-du-japon-socio-économique/ebook/product-22618905.html

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DE1NYKE?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

or from our website:

http://www.gbmc.biz/mosaica-japonica–ebook-.html


Practice “Omotenashi”: Provide an unique “service experience” and show gratitude & respect towards your customers !!

Japanese bow

The Japanese spirit of hospitality

Of all the memories they take home with them, visitors to Japan cherish and appreciate the ‘Japanese way of hospitality and customer service’ — Omotenashi in Japanese.

Translated simply, Omotenashi means the Japanese way of treating a guest. It blends a welcoming spirit with warmth, understanding, and above all respect.

Interestingly, the Japanese language makes no distinction between ‘guest’ and ‘customer.’

To practice Omotenashi, the host pays close attention to detail and is committed to anticipating the needs of the guest, smiling sincerely and setting a happy, relaxed mood. When authentic, Japanese hospitality and service exceed the expectations of the guests. At its most exquisite, Omotenashi offers a guest a once-in-a-life-time experience. The idea resonates with Ichigo-ichie, the tea master’s belief that every encounter is single and unique.”  (Kanebo website)

 

So what are you waiting for to implement it in your business? In a more and more competitive business world, “service engineering” is a differentiating and winning factor!

Read more from:   The Japanese spirit of hospitality

If you need help, you can also contact us (at info@gbmc.biz) for support or 

check our website at:  http://www.gbmc.biz/Japan_Training.php

 

 

 


NEW PUBLICATION: “Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

"Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 - working together for a better future"

“Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

 

Hello everyone,

GBMC has just released a new publication, which we would like to submit to your attention.  (Constructive) comments are welcome!

Please do not consider this as “spam”, as you do not have to buy anything (but, of course, you are welcome to)  and as there is a free sample available (13 Interviews) for your reading!!!

More info from our website at:

“Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

 


Japan is changing: Historic (female) appointment at the “Keidanren” board !

Haruno Yoshida (photo by Alfie Goodrich)

Haruno Yoshida (photo by Alfie Goodrich)

 

“Earlier this year, BT Japan president and representative director Haruno Yoshida made history, when she was appointed to the Keidanren, the Japan Business Federation. In accepting the nomination, Yoshida became the first woman ever named to the influential and conservative business lobby group.” (EUROBIZ Japan)

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Historic (female) appointment at the “Keidanren” board !

 


Japan E-commerce: More convenience stores offer pickup services for e-shoppers

E-commerce in Japan

E-commerce in Japan

“A growing number of convenience stores are offering a service that allows online shoppers to pick up their purchases at the stores at their convenience.

The service allows customers to conveniently shop online whenever they like without having to wonder when they will be at home to take delivery of the item, which appeals to those who are frequently away from home, as well as those who prefer to not be bothered with accepting deliveries in person.

By offering the service, major convenience store chains have successfully attracted people who tend to frequently be away from home, such as those who live alone or married couples who both work, according to the three biggest convenience store chains in Japan: Seven-Eleven Japan Co., FamilyMart Co. and Lawson Inc. They add that the service appeals to women who are uncomfortable speaking with deliverymen at their front door …..

The benefits of in-store pickup services are not limited to the customers who use them — both convenience stores and couriers also benefit. For instance, by expanding their in-store pickup services, convenience stores can expect to see an increase in their customer base.

And couriers and transporters can increase distribution efficiency if they curtail their redeliveries by focusing on delivering to convenience store locations.

Redelivery due to absent recipients was necessary in 20 percent of about 4.1 million items surveyed in 2014 by Yamato Transport Co., Sagawa Express, and Japan Post Network Co.” (The Yomiuri Shimbun)

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Japan E-commerce: More convenience stores offer pickup services for e-shoppers

 


Nikkei/FT: towards a EU-Japan FNA (Free News Agreement) ?

Nikkei/FT: towards a EU-Japan FNA (Free News Agreement) ?

Nikkei/FT: towards a EU-Japan FNA (Free News Agreement) ?

“Thursday’s surprise announcement by Nikkei Inc. that it’s buying the London-based FT Group, one of the world’s most respected and influential media groups, immediately raised questions about whether the Japanese company can successfully manage such a highly regarded news company. The Nikkei group, Japan’s most powerful financial media group, said it will buy the Financial Times publisher from Pearson PLC for about ¥160 billion ($1.3 billion) by procuring all outstanding stocks.” (Japan Times)

Yes, independance of the Press and, in particular, of the FT Editorial Team is a key concern.

However, on the bright side, in the context of the EU-Japan FTA negotiations, we hope that this high profile acquisition will enhance collaboration in the EU-Japan news/media sector and boost sharing of Industrial and Financial News/Information on both sides (EU and Japan).  Business News sharing would definitely  support Free Trade!!

The GBMC team

Read more from:

Nikkei/FT: towards a EU-Japan FNA (Free News Agreement) ?

 


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