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POSTPONED: Japan’s Business Reinvention and the New Competitive Dynamics in Northeast Asia
- Ulrike Schaede
This event has been postponed.
Companies in South Korea, Taiwan and China have beaten Japan at its own game, namely, the high-quality mass-production of consumer end products, office equipment, etc.. In response to their rise, Japanese companies have, slowly but steadily, repositioned to compete in deep-tech input parts and advanced materials, chemicals and components. Today, they combine to hold a 50%+ global market share in at least 500 distinct product categories that are critical inputs, with a wide size distribution of companies and market segments. This has resulted in the “aggregate niche strategy”, and it means that Japan is now the technology anchor of many global supply chains. Even though the end products do not carry a “Japan Inside” label, Japanese inputs have an important presence in our everyday lives, from airplanes to cars, computers and cell phones, no matter what the brand. This has created new trade and resource dependencies as well as competitive synergies within Asia, in ways that are often overlooked in the United States.
Dr. Schaede will discuss Japan’s new role in Asia and other topics based on her extensive research on Japanese business and management.