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Japan Inc gingerly embraces more foreigners

Originally posted: The Economist Big firms are putting non-Japanese on their boards MICHAEL WOODFORD, the first non-Japanese president of Olympus, likened the camera-maker’s board members who sacked him in 2011 to “children in a classroom”. Mr Woodford had confronted Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, the company’s imperious chairman, over a $1.7bn hole in its finances. Mr Kikukawa responded by orchestrating a show of hands in a boardroom coup that sent the Englishman packing. It all fitted a cliché of Japan’s boardrooms as an all-Japanese, all-male club where wizened bosses ruthlessly enforce wa, or harmony. Gradually, the serenity is being disrupted. Nearly 15% of

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INTERPOL World 2017 strengthens resolve for international cooperation to address crime

Originally posted: The Tech Revolutionist INTERPOL World 2017 concluded on a resounding note, with 8,362 attendees from over 40 countries and regions gathered at the event to network, source and forge alliances with the security community. 565 government leaders, international organization representatives, technology innovators and academics engaged in robust dialogues at the Congress, addressing future security challenges, with 52 thought leaders and experts guiding the discussion and sharing latest developments. On the exhibition floor, 226 international solution providers from 34 countries and regions showcased and discussed next generation solutions for security threat mitigation and the global fight against emerging crime.

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3 Strategic Necessities for the Growth of Cybersecurity

I believe that, in order for any economy – including Japan – to survive in the coming decade, governments must recognize that information and communications technologies (ICT) and cybersecurity are no longer separate issues, and they must take innovative approaches to address them concurrently. The technical aspects of cybersecurity make it complex and difficult even for professionals, much less policymakers, to grasp. However, the most critical elements needed to bolster cybersecurity are not technical, but strategic. Japan is placed uniquely on this issue. While we are preparing for the rapidly aging society and shrinking population, as well as the Tokyo

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Mitsubishi’s Long-Lived Success Points to Weakness in Japan’s Economy

Author: Eric Pfanner and Atsuko Fukase Originally posted: The Wall Street Journal TOKYO—They’re building Japan’s tallest skyscraper, manufacturing its first commercial jetliner and trying to sell stealth submarines to Australia for some $38 billion. The companies of the Mitsubishi group are capitalizing on the big projects that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes will restore national pride. The prominence of the nearly 150-year-old group points to the stability of Japan’s corporate titans and their ability to steer through wars, financial crises and technological change. At the same time, the concentration of capital and talent in a single set of companies underscores

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Foxconn’s Deal for Sharp Now in Question Taiwanese assembler of iPhones said it is delaying the signing of takeover agreement

Author: Eva Dou in Beijing, Wayne Ma in Hong Kong and Takashi Mochizuki in Tokyo Originally posted: The Wall Street Journal Board members of struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. met Thursday and agreed to sell the company to Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group for almost $6 billion, a decision hailed as a symbol of a push by Japan’s government to open up the country’s notoriously insular industries. There was a snag. Foxconn, which assembles most of Apple Inc.’s iPhones, was having second thoughts. In a written statement released hours later, Foxconn said it would delay signing any deal because it

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