This book is the first title in a series on Asian business leaders, leading companies and corporate philosophies in the 21st century. Each volume focuses on one country, singling out top business leaders and companies from different business and industrial sectors of that particular economy/country. The inaugural volume focuses on business leaders and strategies at Japanese companies that are not only driving and reshaping their respective industries in the 21st century, but are demonstrating a knack for consistently meeting the various challenges of today's rapidly changing world.
· Succeeding by Destroying a Growth Model (Kanemasa Haraguchi, Secom Co., Ltd. (Service).
· In the Right Place, Good Things Sell Themselves (Toshifumi Suzuki, Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (Retail).
· Is Something Holding You Back? (Shinzo Maeda, Shiseido Co., Ltd. (Cosmetics).
· The Customer Always Trumps Legacy (Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Video Games).
· Standing with Consumers on Deregulated Ground (Kaoru Seto, Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (Land Transport).
· From Japan to the World's Dinner Tables (Yuzaburo Mogi, Kikkoman Corp. (Food).
· Matching Brick-and-Mortar Innovation with the IT Revolution (Tadashi Yanai, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (Clothing).
· Growing in a World of Change (Kazuyasu Kato, Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. (Food).
· Reviving the Engine of Japan Inc. (Akio Mimura, Nippon Steel Corp. (Steel).
· Adversity is a Reversal of Fortune Opportunity (Fumio Ohtsubo, Panasonic Corp. (Electrical Machinery).
· When Business Must Not Come First (Yasuchika Hasegawa, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Pharmaceutical).
· Winning in the New Workplace (Masahiro Sakane, Komatsu Ltd. (Machinery).
· Increasing Management Quality (Fujio Mitarai, Canon Inc. (Electrical Machinery).
· Returning to One's Roots (Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corp. (Automobiles).
· Work Steadily Toward Objectives, Don't Rush Results (Sadayuki Sakakibara, Toray Industries Inc. (Textiles).
General business class, leaders, managers
Yozo Hasegawa was born in 1943. After graduating from Keio University's economics department in 1967, he joined Nikkei Inc. as a journalist in the business and foreign-news departments and was posted as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief in Warsaw and Vienna between 1982 and 1985. He returned to Japan as senior staff writer until his retirement in 2007. During his many years as a business journalist, he has met frequently with global management luminaries such as GM CEO Richard Wagoner, Nissan Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, Honda President Takeo Fukui, Toyota Presidents Fujio Cho and Katsuaki Watanabe, and former GE CEO Jack Welch. Hasegawa is now a full-time lecturer at Teikyo University and adjunct professor at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, and is also a regular commentator on television and radio.
Anthony 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 Keiza Shimbun, the Asahi Shimbun and various Japanese government agencies. Tony, a Minneapolis native, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.