Dr. Dominique Turpin,The Dentsu Professor IMD
Once again, we face a period of great transformation in our world. In Japan since the 1980s, many managers had increasingly looked to adopt Western business models as the most rational means for success in a globalizing world only to see those foundations collapse with the Lehman Shock of 2008. Amid all the turmoil and the ebb and flow of Eastern versus Western business models, there are those companies that have repeatedly and consistently demonstrated first rate, if not world class, leadership strength. The 15 companies and top managers introduced in this book are just such a breed. Mr. Hasegawa shows us why their ongoing stories offer much from which the world can learn going forward.
Yotaro Kobayashi, Former Chairman, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
Rediscovering Japanese Business Leadership will guide readers through a fascinating exploration of how 15 remarkable leaders are building world class companies through traditional values and practices that have been reinvented to achieve amazing results. Distilled into principles that apply to every company and every manager, it′s easy to see a future where Japanese business returns to the forefront of global leadership and innovation.
Jeffrey Hollender, Executive Chairman, Seventh Generation, Author, The Responsibility Revolution
1 Succeeding by Destroying a Growth Model (Kanemasa Haraguchi, Secom Co., Ltd. (Service).
2 In the Right Place, Good Things Sell Themselves (Toshifumi Suzuki, Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (Retail).
3 Is Something Holding You Back? (Shinzo Maeda, Shiseido Co., Ltd. (Cosmetics).
4 The Customer Always Trumps Legacy (Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Video Games).
5 Standing with Consumers on Deregulated Ground (Kaoru Seto, Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (Land Transport).
6 From Japan to the World s Dinner Tables (Yuzaburo Mogi, Kikkoman Corp. (Food).
7 Matching Brick–and–Mortar Innovation with the IT Revolution (Tadashi Yanai, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (Clothing).
8 Growing in a World of Change (Kazuyasu Kato, Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. (Food).
9 Reviving the Engine of Japan Inc. (Akio Mimura, Nippon Steel Corp. (Steel).
10 Adversity is a Reversal of Fortune Opportunity (Fumio Ohtsubo, Panasonic Corp. (Electrical Machinery).
11 When Business Must Not Come First (Yasuchika Hasegawa, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Pharmaceutical).
12 Winning in the New Workplace (Masahiro Sakane, Komatsu Ltd. (Machinery).
13 Increasing Management Quality (Fujio Mitarai, Canon Inc. (Electrical Machinery).
14 Returning to One s Roots (Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corp. (Automobiles).
15 Work Steadily Toward Objectives, Don t Rush Results (Sadayuki Sakakibara, Toray Industries Inc. (Textiles).
Tony Kimm is a freelance translator, writer and movie subtitler who makes his home in Tokyo, Japan. He has worked for a major Japanese publishing company and has translated articles and publications for the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the Asahi Shimbun and various Japanese government agencies. Tony, a Minneapolis native, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.