Business & Beers Japan

Business & Beers Japan

How many times have you had great discussions over drinks with business partners and friends? That's exactly what Business & Beers Japan is about. Each episode is recorded in bar with interesting and successful business people with extensive Japan experience. We discuss sales, marketing, hospitality, success, failures and lessons learned in Japan. You don't have to be in-love with Japan to enjoy the in-depth and entertaining conversations with Japanese business culture experts. Welcome to the Business & Beers Japan podcast. KANPAI!... Show More

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This episode is a follow-up with 32-year Japan entrepreneur Ruth Jarman. She is the founder of Jarman International, and the author of six books in Japanese. We focus on two of her books: "33 Reasons Japanese should be Proud" and "39 Reasons Japanese are Great" and discuss some of these reasons including her Top 3.  We dive into some cultural analysis complete with personal experience and stories. She is full of inf...





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    This episode I sit down with 32-year Japan entrepreneur Ruth Jarman. She is the founder of Jarman International, a company assisting Japanese destinations and organizations connect with foreign visitors through customized marketing, curated business strategies, and training programs to help them grow and globalize. Or as Ruth likes to say "helping Japan ease into the international age". She is full of infectious energy and ...







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    This episode I chat with Timothy Connor, a successful, long-term Japan resident. His absence of imbibing proves that drinking beers is NOT required of any guest on Business & Beers.  Nonetheless, we discuss in-depth, retail in Japan and how his business Synnovate, specifically his new concept "Responsive" is helping companies adopt a more customer-centric focus through improved customer experience. Timothy believes the ...


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    This episode I sit down with one of the sharpest Japan inter-culturally minded people I've ever met. Rochelle Kopp is a Japanese business culture expert and cross-cultural communications specialist and is the founder and Managing Principal of Japan Intercultural Consulting. We share drinks and eye-(ear)-opening facts and stories about Japanese business norms. Its another podcast from the Grand Hyatt's Oak Door bar. Just giv...












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    Originally from Bavaria, it was not coincidental that Chris and I shared "German" beers at the new and increasingly popular beer restaurant Schmatz for this conversation.  Chris Thoma is an amazing guy with amazing stories, and he loves to tell them.  Chris first came to Japan as a professional at age 25 working for the German hair care company Wella.  Between then and 2018 when he retired, he held the position of President...




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    February 7, 2020 43 min

    This episode I sit down with Michael Howard to discuss his new book "The Salaryman".  A humorous, manga-illustrated memoir from an American who tried and failed (?) to fit into Japanese office culture for almost a decade. We discuss some of the back stories from his book and analyze the reasons Japanese salaryman culture is the way it is. He is a great writer and a good story-teller as well. Together we fall into the U.S.-J...




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    This episode we get into Hospitality and Retail with professional sales and leadership trainer Masako Yamamura.  We discuss Omotenashi, Bartenders, Commissions, Fortune-tellers, Gin . . . and the numerous differences and similarities between the retail and hospitality industries in Japan.  We are at the NAMIKI667 Bar at the Hyatt Centric in Ginza where the staff were a bit scared to wait on us.  They might need some of Masako's...








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    January 16, 2020 46 min

    If you are interested in Brand Marketing you will love this episode of Business & Beers.  I sit down for beers (and martinis) with marketing guru Mr. Per Rasmussen.  For the past 30 years, Per has been either, head of marketing or president of four major European consumer goods companies in Japan.  At both Lego and T-fal he solidified his legacy as a marketing genius by creating a famous TV commercial jingle (#3 Law of the mind...










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    This episode I share IPA's with Dr. David Sweet.  David is 20-year Japan resident, a sales superstar, best selling author, serial entrepreneur, certified business coach, and one of the best recruiters I know in Japan.  We are at the Oak Door, located in the Grand Hyatt in Roppongi.  In this part one of two episodes, we share entertaining stories about business life in Japan. Some highlights include:

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