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Abenomics success probability is 12%, 88% probability of failure (Professor Takeo Hoshi, Stanford University)

Professor Takeo Hoshi, Professor of Economics at Stanford, about Abenomics success probability Why did Japan stop growing after completing the catch-up with advanced countries? Takeo Hoshi, Professor at Stanford University, who devotes his life to work on Japan’s economy at US Universities, gave a talk at the Swedish Embassy organized by the Stockholm School of […]

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Japanese management – why is it not global? asks Masamoto Yashiro at a Tokyo University brainstorming

Lecture summary written by Gerhard Fasol, with revisions by Mr Masamoto Yashiro. All Rights Reserved. Masamoto Yashiro: Japan leader and Chairman emeritus of Esso, Exxon, Citibank, Shinsei Bank, Board Director China Construction Bank Masamoto Yashiro at brainstorming by President of Tokyo University Masamoto Yashiro is a legend in Japan’s banking and energy industry. He built […]

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Economy Energy

Pricing of gas imports – Why does Japan pay so much more than any other major country for gas imports?

Was invited today to take part in a discussion meeting at one of the European Embassies about pricing of Gas (LNG) imports. All the major Japanese buyers of LNG from the major electricity and gas companies came together with European partners to discuss issues of import Gas (LNG) pricing. For detailed statistics of Japan’s gas […]

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Japan Galapagos Effect – How to capture global value for Japan? Keynote for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) by Gerhard Fasol

Japan Galapagos Effect – how to capture global value for Japan. From the Journal of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), reproduced with permission. Dr. Gerhard Fasol dissects the history behind Japan’s unique international market separation By Hugh Ashton Originally posted by ACCJ Journal on January 15, 2011 in “Chamber Events” based on […]

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Energy

Electricity deregulation in Japan

Was invited today to take part in discussions about electricity deregulation in Japan at one of the European Embassies. Participants in the discussions were representatives from major Japanese electricity companies, the director for electricity deregulation of Japan’s Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and European experts on electricity deregulation. For an overview of Electricity […]

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Alexa Meade paints MINI @109 in Shibuya

Found Alexa Meade’s art in Shibuya today: Who is Alexa Meade? Watch Alexa Meade’s TED talk: Alexa Meade // Sheila Vand

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Electronics industry physics

Blue laser diode book with Shuji Nakamura – the back ground story

The Blue Laser Diode: The Complete Story (2nd Edition) Springer Verlag, Heidelberg Blue laser diode book – GaN based light emitters and lasers (1st Edition) Since I have been working for many years on GaAs research, as soon as I heard Shuji Nakamura’s talk at one of Japan’s applied physics conferences, I understood the importance, […]

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Kyoto, Nara, Uji – tips

Kyoto tips: tell me the top-10 things to see! I wrote the first version of this Kyoto tips page for my god-daughter who visited Japan with her boyfriend last year, and she asked me “Gerhard – tell me the top-10 things to do in Kyoto!”… Kyoto is both a town (Kyoto-Shi 京都市) and a Province […]

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Tips for Vienna (Wien) – enjoy your time in Vienna like a real Wiener

Vienna: have fun in Wien like a real Wiener Here are some tips for Vienna, if you visit Vienna for holidays or conferences, or live in Vienna! Vienna: Lots of friends ask me for recommendations when visiting Vienna, so I wrote up some tips here, I’ll keep updating these tips, so let me know any […]

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Japan Cloud computing impact and trends

Japan cloud computing impact and trends, keynote article Software eats everything, and cloud eats software… we all see a strong trend of all data and computing to move to “the cloud”, because if done well, managing data and computing in the cloud can be far cheaper than on computers and on storage that you or […]