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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Phil Greenspun's Japan Trip Report(s)

Philip Greenspun's very insightful and informative trip reports to Japan- extremely well articulated and well researched.Philip's attention to detail is amazing. Philip has once again beaten all expectations in terms of how much informative and insightful can a travel article be. Well done Philip. What is outstanding about the Japanese are how much they seem to have forgotten the world war and got on with business even at persoanl level.A few things would make this report more rounded.

A. Japanese work style -Long hours and culture of meetings and consensus.
B. How Japanese are fighting/planning to fight ageing population.
C.Japanese views about Korean competition in High-tech and China in Manufacturing. D. Views of young Japanese about Japan's competitiveness and business culture vis-a-vis the US.
E. Japan's insular cuture in terms of language and business style- I read recently that as a turnaround strategy, a leading Japanese bank decided to operate ATM's 24 hours.
F.Japan's fragile political system and issues centered on the Japanese monarchy.
G. Failing Japanese marriage and family lives.
P.S - I do not agree with Philip's recommendations about the best hotel room in Tokyo - I think that the Gand Hyatt in Tokyo near the Roppongi district would score better than Akasaka.

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