Japan

These columns look at everything about Japan, the country we have happily to chosen to live and work in.


Thinking about Trust


Posted By on Dec 2, 2019 in Columns, Japan | 0 comments

Thinking about Trust With the Master Class on building trust coming up on December 11, I have been thinking what a tricky topic ‘trust’ is.  I have always admired concepts like trust and loyalty. I first came across the trust in academic terms when I read Francis Fukuyama, who talked about trust as “social capital’. High trust countries do better than low trust countries. He famously compared Japan to a slab of granite, while...

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Delphi Network Salon (location details below intro). By invitation only. Join a DN Salon with Ashley Harvey, an unrivalled source of information on how Japan is dealing with its tourist challenge, and exploring how to “package” Japan for foreign consumption… Please note places are limited. DN members get guaranteed access, so unfortunately it may not always be possible to seat Non-DN members. ...

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4.5 stars (out of 5) Book Review Target audience: academics, policy makers, NGOs, those interested in agriculture. How about DN members and advisers? Anybody in the food business would find this insightful. Dole is mentioned as a successful foreign investor in agri-food (broccoli). Style: academic but generally clear. Credible? Yes. Critical of neo-liberalism but never becomes a rant. Synopsis: The argument is that neo-liberal...

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Landlord from Heaven

Landlord from Heaven


Posted By on May 31, 2017 in Columns, Japan | 0 comments

Okutama, officially, is a town comprising the westernmost region under the vast jurisdiction of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. In reality, it is an agglomeration of villages. While metropolitan Tokyo continues to grow, Okutama, which occupies some 11% of city territory, has seen its population shrink by two thirds over a few decades. Still, village mentality rules. Common cause, independence, tradition and enthusiastic cooperation...

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