Your Tokyo representative

Let’s say you are a start up somewhere far from Japan. Your product, your Business plan…Everything is oriented to the Japan market. You know nobody there. You don’t want to spend millions in marketing.

You have to know that things go slowly in Japan, you do have to be present you have to be there but you can’t. Only a few powerful company try to enter Japanese market directly.

I know a nice number of them that just relocated their aim after few years of investment.

Japan is definitively different.

You can be the best all around the world, here it will be different.

My wish is to be your presence . In a passive, yes! In a passive way.

I will add further information about this later on. But the bass concept is even if Japanese are interested in you, your company and your technology, They will not contact you, except if they know that there is a Japan office.

If business turn to be positive then I will introduce you to a company that I will choose in regard with our accomplishment together.

Then You will be actively represented.

I see myself as a first step of your entry into the market. When you have the grip, I pass the baton to guys that I trust.

Also the idea is that you are not alone to try.

Japan is a land of opportunities.

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English word of the day #EWD #ewd

map_of_usa_with_county_outlinesFor some time now, I am working my English competency by reading a selection of newspapers and watching some humorists  channels.

I decide to share all unknown words with this hash-tag  #EWD #ewd

If you want you can retweet and add your language translation of the word.

Here are the Sites:

https://www.nytimes.com/

http://www.politico.com/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/

http://vox.com/

http://www.newyorker.com/

https://www.theguardian.com/international

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwWhs_6x42TyRM4Wstoq8HA

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMtFAi84ehTSYSE9XoHefig

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVTyTA7-g9nopHeHbeuvpRA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air Shutters or Pneumatic?

Why stop something that works?

To go directly to the conclusion I will say that in Japan you don’t need to throw away something that works, something that have proved its efficiency.

Just keep using it, and some time, with this time slip methods and tools there is Magic.

This is the picture of a hotel, in it a pneumatic tube. It conveys the keys or any object to a different part of the building. It reminded me of a movie called Brazil, of Terry Gilliam.

By the way an excellent doc bellow.

For some “How it works” info, go there

The past of communication tools

I had fun with my students trying to remember what was communication tools before even this. Before the email, their was the fax (still heavily in use in Japan). Before the fax, there were the telegraph. Using a special language called Morse code. Before that pigeons, but no… something that they didn’t know, and myself also, before reading The Count of Monte Cristo.

The semaphore communication system.

semaphore_signals_a-zThe funny part is to learn that it was still used for airplane, and boat… I mean the communication code with flags. Before that our pigeons, ink and paper. The post, have a long history. Every 50 km(?) a place to repair, a place to rest for the horses. la Maison de Poste. This is the origin of the size of the department in France. What a horse can run in one day.

OK,…

To come back to my first point about pneumatic tubes. They were still working perfectly well in this hotel. Then if it’s working, there is people that take care of the system. Then I just had a look at the web page of the company who takes care of those pneumatic tubes. Nihon air shooters was changed to Nihon shooter, really ballistic like name…

株式会社日本シューター

And I just found that this company was not a big one but still flourishing. They were still in the market essentially in hospitals, to convey medication inside.

There I came back to my conclusion Japanese does not throw away things because there are no more trendy, if it can be used, if it’s still making profits, they are still doing it. Think also that most of the oldest companies in the world are for a good part still in Japan.

And for a second level of my spicy way to see things.

I am not a historian but if Napoleon was so good, may be Semaphore played a good part, information is everything.

The film of Terry Gilliam was out in 1985, French stop using pneumatic tube  it in 1987. They saw the movie.

About semaphore, Samuel Morse did not succeed to sell its telegram to the French government. However, France, replace Semaphore finally in 1846 by the electric telegraph. Nothing to say, but it reminds me of the Minitel, and how France was stick to it.

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Kitchen Management

students-in-barrons-kitchen

Join Denis Catroun of IHS (International Hospitality Solutions) Monday July 24 for 9.5 hours of

-cost control,

-structure,

-purchasing advice,

-menu engineering,

-menu planning and design,

-pricing for profit and labor cost control.

We will also discuss

-performance appraisal,

-staff training,

-disciplining,

-conflict management and leadership.

Number of participants: 8

Location: World Udagawa Building, 6F
36-6 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya ku
Tokyo, 150 0042

Day and time: Monday 07/24, 9:00-19:00 (lunch 30 minutes)

Language: English


Manual: Yes and various handouts


Pre-requisite: English level, TOEIC 500 or more. The instructor is trained in teaching to English as a second language participants.
Basic understanding of high school arithmetic (basic operations, percentages and ratios).


Format: Lecture, discussions and exercises


Deadline for booking: Try to apply


Cancellation: One week


Payment: Bank Transfer


Price:

Manual
Handouts
5 hours of coaching to get you started


Y 70,000 tax included

To book: denis@int-hospitality-solutions.com

Kitchen Management

students-in-barrons-kitchen

Join Denis Catroun of IHS (International Hospitality Solutions) on Monday June 19 for 9.5 hours of cost control, structure, purchasing advice, menu engineering, menu planning and design, pricing for profit and labor cost control. We will also discuss performance appraisal, staff training, disciplining, conflict management and leadership.

Number of participants: 8

Location: World Udagawa Building, 6F
36-6 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya ku
Tokyo, 150 0042

Day and time: Monday June 19, 9:00-19:00 (lunch 30 minutes)

Language: English
Manual: Yes and various handouts
Pre-requisite:  English level, TOEIC 500 or more. The instructor is trained in teaching to English as a second language participants.
Basic understanding of high school arithmetic (basic operations, percentages and ratios).
Format: Lecture, discussions and exercises
Deadline for booking: June 7
Cancellation: One week
Payment: Bank Transfer
Price: Manual
Handouts
5 hours of coaching to get you started
Y 70,000 tax included

To book: denis@int-hospitality-solutions.com

About Crowd funding

The different crowdfundings

http://crowdfundinghacks.com/different-types-of-crowdfunding/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdfunding

For Japan

https://www.disruptingjapan.com/the-dark-side-of-japanese-crowdfunding/

 

List for Japan

https://kibidango.com/

https://camp-fire.jp/

http://shootingstar.jp/

https://miraimode.com/

A crazy list

Some interesting crowdfunding sites

Equity based crowdfunding

https://www.crowdfunder.com/

Crowd founding for hardware

https://www.crowdsupply.com/about

Charity purpose

https://www.gofundme.com/

Don’t understand all but definitively go for it

https://www.seedups.com/region_select.html

Shabatt Shallom (I want Israel to invest in my project, the why is a long story)

https://wwwng.ourcrowd.com/#/

Specific for Indian market

http://www.catapooolt.com/

For Scientific

https://experiment.com/

Note really the subject but second in line in google research, and I know the guy

https://www.maneo.jp/apl/contents/crowdfunding/eng