Highlights: August 2005 Issue
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Cultural Critic Murakami TakashiBorn in Tokyo in 1962 and a graduate of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Takashi Murakami has been called Japans Andy Warhol by some. Through hundreds of solo and group exhibitions of his artwork and design vision, as well as his contributions to numerous culture, fashion and art publications over the past seventeen years, Murakami has become one of the most influential critics of modern Japanese culture.
Murakami founded Hiropon Factory in 1996 in Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, and in 2001, he established Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., to which he transferred all the work functions of Hiropon Factory. While he continues with his many exhibitions and projects, Murakami agreed last month to discuss his unique perspective on Japanese culture, consumerism, youth trends and other issues in an exclusive interview. For those who are interested in better understanding Japan's youth culture and how to market and sell products to it, this is an important interview that yields tremendous insight into how Japanese think about their life and your products. In short, it's an interview not to be missed.
A Specialist Offers Advice: "Ideas for Training Your Japan Salesforce"All too often, it seems that unstructured, frenetic sales activity is considered the Holy Grail of successful selling. But in Japan, it is not. To train your Japan salesforce to achieve your company's objectives requires understanding Japanese culture, business traditions, as well as the capabilities of your sales team. This month our specialist contributor, head of a major management training organization in Japan that has years of accumulated experience in training salespeople for a wide variety of companies, provides some tips and advice for how to optimize results from your sales staff, regardless of whether your company's team in Japan is large or small.
Japan Insight: Get the Scoop
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Japan Observer: "Do You Own a Gun?"
Periodically, and in response to readers requests, we bring you the recollections of non-Japanese observing or participating in uniquely Japanese conversations, situations, locales and business experiences. Its purpose is to offer our readers a flavor of the Japanese experience that will allow them to better appreciate the subtle and not-so-subtle cultural factors that greatly influence successful business activity in Japan.
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