Japan technology companies – the future?

Japan technology companies – how to move to the future?

Gave a talk to a group of about 50 CEOs of the Japan subsidiaries of global companies on the topic “A future for Japan’s tech companies?”

I talked about the same issues as at the TTI-Vanguard Forum about a year earlier, and started again with the conclusions:

Japan technology companies – First to develop many technologies, but not good enough in capturing global value

  • Conclusions 1: Japan has invented and first brought to market many new technologies and business models in today’s hottest areas, and Japan is not good enough at capturing global value from this incredible creativity
  • Conclusions 2: why does it take at least 10 years to reinvent the wheel in London?
  • Conclusions 3: WHAT is holding Japan back to capture global value from fantastic inventions?

Japan’s Energy – Myths vs Reality, Mantra vs Smart

Stockholm School of Economics EIJS

Stockholm School of Economics at the Embassy of Sweden

European Institute of Japanese Studies EIJS

Gerhard Fasol
Gerhard Fasol

European Institute of Japanese Studies Academy Seminars presents:

“Japan’s Energy – Myths vs Reality, Mantra vs Smart”

Speaker: Dr. Gerhard Fasol, President, Eurotechnology Japan K.K.
Time: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Location: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden

About the talk:

Japan’s electricity companies earn about US$ 200 billion annually in revenues, and until the Fukushima nuclear accident, about 30% of energy was generated by nuclear power plants, which are currently switched off except for two nuclear plants in Kansai region. Renewable energy sectors expect the rapid built-up of renewable sources in Japan to continue, ie; solar energy, wind, geo-thermal and other sources to follow. METI is also working on liberalization of Japan’s energy markets. Japan’s energy sector undergoes rapid changes and presents large opportunities. In the presentation, we will hear some of the myths about electricity and energy in Japan, and the realities. We will also hear how foreign companies can succeed in Japan’s energy sector.

About the speaker:

Dr. Gerhard Fasol is physicist and entrepreneur who has worked since 1984 with Japan’s high-tech sector. He worked on the entrance strategies into Japan’s environmental and energy sector for one of Europe’s largest engineering multi-nationals, and for US investment funds and venture companies on market entry into Japan’s energy sector. Gerhard also organizes annual “Ludwig Boltzmann Symposia on Energy” for CEOs and leaders of Japan’s energy sector.
Gerhard graduated with a PhD in Physics from Cambrige University/Trinity College. He was tenured faculty member in Physics at Cambridge University, and Associate Professor at Tokyo University’s Electrical Engineering Faculty and led a JST-Sakigake project on spin electronics before founding Eurotechnology Japan KK.

Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Time: 6.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Drink & Snack (served before lecture)
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion

Place: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden
10-3-400 Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line Roppongi 1-chome Station
Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Kamiya-cho Station

Fee: JPY3,000 per person, payable at the door
Free for those who are from sponsoring companies (*)
Free for students, please bring your student ID
Language: English

(*) EIJS Academy 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 Sponsoring companies
Gadelius Holding Ltd., Ericsson Japan K.K., Nihon Tetra Pak K.K., Sandvik K.K.,
Höganäs Japan K.K. and in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden

Please sign up by June 14th (Fri.): contact us by email to sign up

Announcement on the webpage of Stockholm School of Economics

The talk is based of the following reports, which you might be interested in:

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