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Kuroshima Island, Goto city, Nagasaki Lost its Last Resident

Kuroshima Island, Goto city, Nagasaki Lost its Last Resident

Last person on the island

 

The last person (a woman in her 70s) who lived on Kuroshima island, Goshima city, Nagasaki passed away this summer making the island with no resident.

 

Kuroshima island had 36 families, total of ca 200 people living about 70 years ago. The main industry was fishery. Many moved out for schools and jobs. There was only one resident in the last several years.

 

All people left the island. We wondered what made this woman stay there? But we often notice that many people in rural areas of Japan do not want to move out of their home towns even almost all people deserted the area. It is the town they grew up and their ancestors tried to make life. The field, forest, ocean, river, the graveyards of old generations etc.  We can somewhat understand.

 

We hope the woman had a happy life.

 

The shuttle boat to the island from Fukuejima island (located 7km away therefrom) stopped on the end of Sept 2021.

 

No one living there any longer does not mean you can go there and live there freely. The lands still belong to each owners and you are not allowed to intrude the areas.

 

Goto city government official website

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What is "Mikajime-ryo"? Do you have to pay Protection money/Mikajime-ryo when You have a Bar in Japan?

What is "Mikajime-ryo"? Do you have to pay Protection money/Mikajime-ryo when You have a Bar in Japan?

What is "3rd-closing-fee"?

We work with the polices/authorities/lawyers in/outside Japan from time to time to tackle various types of crimes/scammers. 

 

When we helped companies enter Japan market, some asked us if they have to pay "protection money" to mafia groups when they open a bar, restaurant in Japan.

 

We were aware of the protection money activities in many countries. South Italy is probably well known. In many countries esp. emerging ones, you often really can not avoid such cost. Sometimes it is not a mafia group but the local authorities themselves ask for such money. In that case, you need to decide if you should really enter that market or go and find alternatives.

 

Yet, the impression of Japan is so peaceful so that very few expect such a crime exists. It is strange because many know Yakuza exist in Japan (from news, movies and games) and how they make a living?

 

Even in a peaceful looking part of Tokyo, some restaurant owners there told us that they pay some "fee" because it is a must. It surprises us. 

 

It is called Mikajime-ryo ( literally meaning the "3rd-closing-fee"). The term is said to come from the closing day being a 3rd of every month or the deadline being a 3 day.

 

Our advise is "No" and if asked for such a money, go to the police right away and work with them closely.

At the same time, it means when you open a restaurant or even non food related business, there is always a risk that you may be asked to pay such money. It is because there are reports every year that people had to pay such money in Japan. The most recent one as of Dec, 2022 is from Hokkaido; in 2022 there were 46 cases where the authority had to render the orders to stop such activities in Hokkaido.

 

The mafia does not ask just money from you because it can criminalizes such an action easily. To avoid being arrested easily, it can be often some products to sell to you. Thus such a fee can be disguised as a normal business trade. Fake flowers/decorative fake plants and wet towels are common items the shop needs to buy. The police says that towards the end of the year the mafia group may try to sell some lucky charm ornaments for the new year for an excessive price.

 

The fee usually 3,000JPY per month to 10,000JPY per month based on the Hokkaido police. In Osaka case, one shop paid 20,000JPY per month in 2022.

 

If you open a sex related shop and a shop with high revenue potential, the risk is even higher. You need to carry out very careful research and also advise from the relevant authorities/experts in the field.

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Japan Anime News: Anime market size in 2021 all time biggest in Japan

Japan Anime News: Anime market size in 2021 all time biggest in Japan

Anime industry growing again in 2021

How are you doing at the end of 2022?

 

We hope you all stay safe and healthy. Many people are getting flu and covid around us all around the world. It still worries us that there are still more wave of infections to come.

 

We would like to keep you updated with anime news today.

 

How big the anime related market in Japan?

 

It is more than 2.7trillion JPY in 2021!

 

This was the biggest in the history of Japan and expected to grow further.

 

Anime related sales in 2021 grew by 13% from 2020.

 

Due to the corona pandemic, anime streaming market grew by 65%.

 

How many of you stayed at home in the pandemic and watch anime on streaming sites in 2020-2021? Many of you most likely did. We did so. When the government recommended us not to go out, we had basically very few things to do at home. Watching Amazon prime and Disney +, watching Netflix. As you know, Netflix laying off its employees like crazy. It shows the streaming market has reached its limit somehow. We all want to go out if we can. Watching the anime all day was not what many of us really wanted.

 

Anime related sales outside Japan also grew by 6% in 2021. More anime related companies in Japan put more effort to sell overseas. We think this can grow really well in the future. 6% growth seems too small.

 

Recently we were at Pokemon Center in Tokyo and there were so many tourists from overseas. Maybe even more than Japanese.

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DMM TV launched on 1st Dec for 550JPY per month with ca 4600 titles of animation

DMM TV launched on 1st Dec for 550JPY per month with ca 4600 titles of animation

DMM TV

Source: DMM TV
Source: DMM TV

DMM - originally an adult video seller which made fortune from the business and diversified its business scope. Now you see DMM run a digital art venue such as DMM teamLab in Odaiba, Tokyo. 

 

 

The company starts its streaming site (not adult!).

 

It costs 550JPY per month and you can watch around 4600 title of animation titles.

 

You can register from the official website.

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Jan - Sept 2022 Lowest Birth rate ever recorded in Japan

Jan - Sept 2022 Lowest Birth rate ever recorded in Japan

just around 600k babies born

Japanese government announced 599,836 babies born between January and September, 2022. It was 4.9% lower than 2021.

 

Since the mid 1970, Japanese stopped having many babies.

At this pace, the population in Japan decreases while the elderly population therein increases.

 

Some study says Japanese will go extinct in some near future.

 

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Kochi Want to Be Anime hub

Kochi Want to Be Anime hub

Kochi want more anime industry to settle down

You know Kochi prefecture is one very beautiful place you should visit. We were there sometimes visiting one of the clearest rivers called Niyodo-river in Japan.

 

2022 9th of Nov will see the Anime Damashi Summit in Kochi city.

 

Around 40 anime related companies such as Shogakkan Shueisha, Kadokawa, Kaiyodo, Studio Eight Colors(based in Kochi city) etc. gather for the meeting.

 

This shall be part of the Kochi Anime Creator festival - Project Zero to be held in Kochi city, Nankoku city and Susaki city, Kochi pref.

 

Kochi pref tries to invite more animation related industry to be based there and also create more animation content based on Kochi area.

This way, the prefecture believes it can create more jobs and attract more population as well as more local tourism.

 

There are many animator wanna bes not only in Japan but also around the world. We hope this project goes well.

 

At  this moment, Susaki city is making a long animation work based on the city.

 

The summit shall be on the 3rd floor of Golden Pacific of Hotel Nikko Kochi from 11:30AM on 9th Nov, 2022.

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Latest research on Salary of Anime job More than 50% earn Less than 20K USD per year.

How to survive in anime industry in Japan?
How to survive in anime industry in Japan?

More than 50% Animators in Japan earns less than 20K USD/year

The 2022 latest research (Source : IT media) shows that more than 50% of freelancers in anime industry earn less than 20000USD (3million JPY) in 2021.  60% of these are so called animators including character designer. This does not mean more than 50% earn 20000USD annually. But most of them are expectedly earning much less such as less than 10000USD per year.

 

25% of animators say they will be out of job after Oct, 2023 (among of which, 40.6% being in 20s and 36.7% being in 30s). This timing is the start of a new tax related regulation called Invoice system in Japan. This system increases more burden on the corporations to make sure all of their suppliers (in this case, animators) to follow the system but in reality animators can not afford to follow with documentations in their busy daily lives.

 

Only 3% answers they earn more than 10million JPY in 2021.

 

The research was conducted between 9-16 Oct, 2022 for 1132 freelancers in anime industry.

 

So, many animators earn low and face the inflation issue but how animators survive in Japan?

One very common way is to live with the parents and pay no or little rent.

Another way we see more common from now is to form an organization (semi-legal entity) to hire animators and collect some budget to follow the invoice system.

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Pay to get drunk and slapped in Japan - And why?

Pay to get drunk and slapped in Japan - Simply why?

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Extraordinary tranquility at Kokedera-temple (can apply to reserve and book using our service), love hotel culture and the family rental services if you need some family in Japan

 

You may have learnt about them from our news article.

 

But how about paying to get face-slapped?

 

There are some izakaya-Japanese bar which offer you a slap service by almost all cases a female waitress (young female). 

 

Price varies from 300JPR - 500JPY and at some places you can select which staff to slap you for 100JPY on the top.

 

Where can you get this service if you may be into it? And a simple question why the slap being a thing in Japan?

 

Where can you get this service if you may be into it?

 

You can get the slap service at the following izakaya in Japan ( due to Covid situation, the information may be too old and you need to check with the bar directly.)

Shachihoko-ya in Nagoya

Order "Binta / Slap" as many times you want. Source: official website menu
Order "ビンタ Binta / Slap" as many times you want. Source: official website food menu

Shachihoko-ya, located in Sakae, Nagoya.

 

It is only 300JPY to get hit on your face by a female staff (not sure if you want to be hit by a male staff).

Yotteba in Tokyo area

Yotteba, the bar has branches in Akihabara, Tokyo, Funabashi, Chiba etc.

 

You can check the addresses of the branches from the official website

 

500JPY to get a slap. And if you want to choose from whom you want to be hit, you can pay 100JPY etra.

 

And a simple question why the slap being a thing in Japan?

 

Interesting enough... But why?!

 

Why slapping is so popular/accepted in Japan?

 

One perspective had been a face-slap was a very common way of punishment at schools in Japan till 90s. Esp. in 70s and 80s, if you studied in a school in Japan, you witnessed some of your classmates hit by teachers of course for doing something very bad. You also notice many of the TV drams based on school life in Japan during that era can not be aired basically because of many scenes of physical punishments therein. 

( We know these punishments were/still are actually common in many countries though...)

 

Good or bad, this way, many are used to the concept of "slap" even if not to being slapped.     

 

The below is just a popular TV drama but a face-slap was really common then in Japan.

 

Another perspective : this should have come from the Antonio Inoki - a Japanese professional wrestler who recently passed away (1943-2022).

Many believed that his slap could give them power and luck and many asked him to slap them.

 

 

You see the footage of slapping by Antonio Inoki below.

This made a slapping-as-service normal in Japan. And this was combined by a slightly kinky demand from men wanting to be slapped by women such as a SM club in Japan. We consider this slap service at bar in Japan a mini-version of S and M club service.

 

Another reason is of course, you get attention on SNS for such a post. Some friends overseas even sent us the posts of slaps at bar in Japan.

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バングラデシュの今 各地で停電多発

バングラデシュの今 各地で停電多発

2022年10月版 今のバングラデシュに何が起きている

IMFはバングラデシュの2023年経済成長予測を元々の6.7%から6%に下げました。

 

これまで中国製がほとんどだった洋服の生産地がバングラデシュ一色になって久しいです。ユニクロが進出し、中国生産からバングラデシュ生産へ転換したわけですが、これによる一時的な質の低下もある程度は緩和してきたと感じてます。バングラデシュの経済の牽引役であったはずのアパレル産業が、今はバングラデシュの経済成長を妨げています。

 

それは何故でしょうか?バングラデシュ製のアパレルは、中間層をターゲットにしています。コロナ禍の恐慌により、世界中の中間層が、衣料品より、先ずは、食料品と消費をしぼるようになっているからです。

 

そして、もう一つの不安材料は以下で説明しますが、バングラデシュのガス依存です。

 

さて、バングラデシュでのIT開発案件や、バングラデシュ企業の輸出支援など、なにかとバングラデシュとは関係の深い弊社ですが、最近の同国の動きに注目しています。

 

アジアの新興国で起きてる経済の大混乱が起きる兆しが見えています。

 

2022年10月中旬現在、バングラデシュでは、毎日のように3-4時間の停電が起きています。10月でもなかなか暑い国ですので、エアコンがきれて、現地の人々は大変なめにあっているわけです。この停電は、中心地ダッカであっても、全てのエリアではないにせよ、発生しています。事故として発生しているわけでなく、政府の決断として、起こしているわけですが、日本のように、いついつに停電するといった計画停電でなく、勝手に電気が切れるので、こまります。

 

バングラデシュの人々は困ってはいるのですが、楽観的に考えている人も多いようです。なぜかというと、バングラデシュという国は15年ほど前まで、よく停電する国だったので、停電慣れしている人が多いのです。

 

今のバングラデシュは電力不足なのです。原子力発電のないバングラデシュでは、米国製の設備を使いガスによる発電を行っています。ロシアとウクライナの戦争による世界的なガス不足で、十分な電力が発電できていません。この状態が続くと、他のインフラにも影響が出るものと思われます。インターネットも使えなくなる可能性があると噂されています。スリランカなど多くのアジアの国のように、ロシアからガスの供給を受けることになり、状態が向上することが期待されますが、弊社としては、向こう6カ月は予断は許されてない状況と考えます。

 

2022年5月のスリランカは大混乱でした。インフレで生活にこまった人々が暴動を起こしました。スリランカ進出企業は、もはやどうすることもできない状況でした。バングラデシュに進出している企業は、そのような状況に陥らないようセキュリティの向上、自家発電設備、リスク管理制度の見直し等、注視していく必要があります。

 

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Hyper Japanとは? 2022年度イギリスロンドンの参加レポート その2

Hyper Japanとは? 2022年度イギリスロンドンの参加レポート その2

2022年7月よりイギリスのロンドンで開催されたHyper Japanに参加してまいりました。年2回のイベントですが、コロナの影響で、2年間は開催が見送られておりました。

 

フランスのJapan Expoと並ぶ言わずと知れた、日本文化の祭典です。Japan Expoほどの規模はないわけですが、英語がメインで使えることが、Hyper Japanの良いところだと思います。

 

チケットの購入方法、会場への行き方などは、Hyper Japanリポートその1をご覧ください。

Hyper Japanフリンジゾーンへ

クリエイターが自分で作ったものを売る場所が、フリンジゾーンとなります。日本でスト、デザインフェスタが類似すると思われます。

 

大ホールの3x3メートルの展示ブースとはことなり、机一つ分ほどのブースで、物販をする方々がひしめきます。

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ブースの数も多く、通路も狭いので、かなり込み合うエリアです。友人も出展していたので、挨拶に伺いました。大ホールの商業ブースと異なり、出展料も低く、物も売れるので、大喜びしていたのが印象的です。

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その場で、アニメ風の絵を描いてくれたり、書道をされている方など、ジャンルは千差万別です。

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フリンジ会場の奥には、メイド喫茶がありました。「いってらっしゃいませ」など、日本語の挨拶が飛び交います。

Hyper Japan in Londonのイベントとは

Hyper Japanでは開催期間中様々な日本関連のイベントが催されます。その様子は、その3へ

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そして、いつもながらですが、海外での展示会参加の場合、ホテルはお早めにご予約されることをお勧めします。

 

展示会の開催期間は、大したことのないホテル、はたまたモーテルのような場所でも、平気で1名1泊、100ポンド以上をつけてきます。人気展示会になってくると、街中のホテルが全て埋まっているということもあります。

半年前からとっても、既におそかったりです。

ヨーロッパでのイベント開催、進出支援なら弊社に

弊社はヨーロッパ進出支援を10年以上しております。特にドイツ、イギリス、フランス、スペインなど主要国は全てカバーしております。

 

現地でPRイベントを行いたい、展示会に出展したい、ライブイベントを主催したい等、あらゆるニーズにこたえてまいりました。

 

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Hyper Japanとは? 2022年度イギリスロンドンの参加レポート その1

Hyper Japanとは? 2022年度イギリスロンドンの参加レポート その1

2022年7月よりイギリスのロンドンで開催されたHyper Japanの夏イベントに参加してまいりました。

 

日本人経営の会社Cross Mediaさんがロンドンで主催するイベントです。

 

コロナの影響で、数年間開催されていなかったこともあり、イギリス中から日本好きが集まってきている印象です。

 

フランスのJapan Expoと並ぶ言わずと知れた、日本文化の祭典です。Japan Expoはヨーロッパ最大ですが、フランス語ができないと、しんどい場面もあり、英語でいけるHyper Japanは助かります。

 

チケットは、オンラインで事前に購入してください。スマホを会場入り口で、機械に読み込ませて入場です。会場を出るときも、チケットが必要です。

 

チケット購入はこちらです(リンクは消滅しております)。 

 

会場は毎回同じとは限りません。これまで多くはOlympiaという大きな会場でしたが、2022年はBattersea Park内の会場でした。Olympiaよりは小さいですが、それでもなかなかの規模感です。

電車でBattersea park駅で、下車します。既に、それっぽい方もいますので、ついていきます。それほど大きな駅ではありません。

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駅にはトイレがありますが、男女ともに(ほぼ)一人用ですので、混雑時には待たされます。

 

駅を出るとコンビニがありますので、そこで水など買っていくことをお勧めします。会場では日本食など販売されてますが、行列がすごいのです。

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みんな同じことを考えているようで、コンビニの棚はからっぽです。

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2022年夏のHyper Japan会場につきました。実はこの公園の門から更に10分ほど歩きます。真夏日でしたので、水分補給をこまめにとりましょう。

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Battersea park駅から歩くこと15分(ゆっくりなら、25分くらいです)ほど。Battersea park(公園)内に、2022年夏のHyper Japan会場はあります。

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右側は、入場済の方対象のエリアですので、携帯のチケットを準備して、左の道をまっすぐ進みます。

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会場入り口で、スマホのチケットを見せると、腕輪を付けてくれます。これがあれば、出入りが自由になります。

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会場に入った瞬間から、かなりの熱気です。ここは大ホールで、多くの出展者が物販やらPRをしています。また、イベントステージも奥にあります。

 

盛り上がってるな、という感じにあふれています。ちなみに、マスクをしている人は皆無です。

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着物をきたハローキティがお出迎えしてくれます。

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天井には星の装飾が輝いています。空調も効いており、外の熱気から一先ず逃げることができます。この大ホールは、いわゆる商業ゾーンで、キャラクターグッズなど、工場で生産された製品を扱う会社・事業主が出展するエリアとなっています。

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JR東日本は、液晶画面の自販機をPRしてました。イギリスに数台おいてもらっているようです。頑張ってほしいです。

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S&B食品のカレーのPRブースです。実際に、食品を提供するのはなく、バッジを配ってました。美味しそうなポスターに惹かれて、集まった方もいたようですが、ちょっと残念がってました。

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日本の大学は、主催者から誘われてブース出展しているとのこと。DMMのものと間違われるのだそうです。

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Hyper Japan in Londonフリンジゾーンへ

Hyper Japanのリポートその2ではフリンジゾーンへ行ってみます。

 

フリンジゾーンは、日本でいうデザフェスのような位置づけのエリアで、クリエイター自身が出展するエリアとなります。

ホテルはおはやめに

そして、いつもながらですが、海外での展示会参加の場合、ホテルはお早めにご予約されることをお勧めします。

 

展示会の開催期間は、大したことのないホテル、はたまたモーテルのような場所でも、平気で1名1泊、100ポンド以上をつけてきます。人気展示会になってくると、街中のホテルが全て埋まっているということもあります。

半年前からとっても、既におそかったりです。

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弊社はヨーロッパ進出支援を10年以上しております。特にドイツ、イギリス、フランス、スペインなど主要国は全てカバーしております。

 

現地でPRイベントを行いたい、展示会に出展したい、ライブイベントを主催したい等、あらゆるニーズにこたえてまいりました。

 

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Caravan Salon 2022レポート ドイツアウトドア展示会 世界に売りたいアウトドアブランド必見

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ドイツ Caravan Salon展示会

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2022年8月よりドイツのデュッセルドルフで開催されたCaravan Salonに参加してまいりました。

 

言わずと知れた、キャンピングカーを主軸とした世界最大のアウトドア関連の展示会です。

 

通常の展示会は、2-3日ですが、キャラバンサロンは10日間開催で、連日、大盛況です。

キャンピングカーの展示会と思われがちですが、キャンピングカーとアウトドア、そして、ツーリズムの出展が多いです。

 

10ほどのホールがあり、キャンピングカーのエリア、高級キャンピングカーのエリア、電気自動車のエリア、アウトドア製品のエリア、旅行関連のエリア、関連IT機器のエリアなどに分かれています。きちんと見ようとすると、丸二日はかかりそうなほどです。

 

屋内にもちょっとしたイートインコーナーはありますが、本当にちょっとしかありません。野外には、屋台がいくつも軒を連ねており、大行列です。

 

テントや簡易ジャグジー、テント用の暖房床、サウナなどなど、ありとあらゆる会社が出展しています。アジア系の会社がいくつか、買い付けにきていたのも目につきました。

 

ツーリズムについては、うちの国でキャンプしませんかという訴求なのですが、ギリシャ、クロアチアなどヨーロッパの国だけでなく、オーストラリアからも展示がきてました。オーストラリアの代表の方が、セミナーエリアで、積極的にPRしていました。

 

2023年は、8月26日から9月3日までとなります(8月25日にプレビュー)。

 

チケットは、オンラインで事前に購入してください。スマホを会場入り口で、機械に読み込ませて入場です。会場を出るときも、チケットが必要です。

 

チケット購入はこちらです。

 

場所は、ドイツでの日本やアジア企業のメッカ、デュッセルドルフです。

 

会場へたどり着く駅はいくつかありますので混乱しますが、簡単なのは「Merkur/Spiel-Arena/Messe Nord」を目指します。

 

路面電車の駅なので、電車ではたどり着けませんから、注意です。デュッセルドルフの中央駅から路面電車が出ています。U78, U79です。正反対に行かないよう、運転手さんにのる前に確認すると良いでしょう。愛想のよい運転手さんもいますが、そっけない反応をする人が殆どですので、そこはめげずに聞いてください。

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そして、いつもながらですが、海外での展示会参加の場合、ホテルはお早めにご予約されることをお勧めします。

 

展示会の開催期間は、大したことのないホテル、はたまたモーテルのような場所でも、平気で1名1泊、100ユーロ以上をつけてきます。人気展示会になってくると、街中のホテルが全て埋まっているということもあります。

 

半年前からとっても、既におそかったりです。おすすめは郊外というより、電車で30-40分で行ける次の都市でホテルを探すことです。

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サウナ専用で製造することもできる木製のキャンピングカーメーカです。

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展示会のついでに、街中を散策してみると、新たなアイデアも生まれると思います。例えば、インマーマンシュトラーセ(Immermann/インマーマン通り)は、日本食や日本関連のお店が多数あり、日本関連のお店がいくつか集まり(自称)リトルトーキョーと呼んでいます。ただ、本当にリトルで、訪問した日本人からは、「恥ずかしい」という意見もあります。

 

地元のラーメン屋は大盛況で、大行列です。日本人である我々では、わざわざ、食べようとも思わなくなるほどです。前を通った時、丁度、すいている時間があれば、是非、試してみて下さい。

ドイツのアウトドア展示会は、アウトドア製品を世界で売りたいと考える事業者は参加必須です。

 

日本の企業も、毎年巡礼している企業さんをいくつか知っています。ただ、実際に、本気で出展までしている企業さんを知りません。

 

10日間戦える貴重な展示会といえます。現地の企業でいくつか出展している企業の方に話をきくと、一人親方の知り合いは、3日目で既にかなり疲れてました。少なくとも3人態勢でブースに臨むことをお勧めします。

 

弊社はドイツでのCaravan Salon展示会出展支援をしています。ブースのデザインから出典手続きなど、全てをお任せいただけます。

 

また、これ以外にも、他のヨーロッパの展示会の支援もさせて頂いております。

 

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Gamescom 2022レポート 世界的なパブリッシャとどう接点を作るか?

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Gamescom 2022レポート 世界的なパブリッシャとどう接点を作るか?

2022年8月24日よりドイツのケルンで開催されたGamescomに参加してまいりました。言わずと知れた、世界最大のゲームの展示会です。

 

ゲーム開発会社から世界のパブリッシャとつながりたいといった問い合わせを受けてきました。実際、パブリッシャとはつながりがあります。

 

ただ、はっきり言って、現在、日本で日本向けに開発をされていて、日本から連絡をとって、世界的なパブリッシャに受け入れてもらうのは、ほぼ不可能、かなりの狭き門と考えて下さい。

 

ただ、Gamesconに参加する場、何らかの接点が生まれる可能性があります。

 

一番のおすすめは、先ずは、ゲームズコンに出展することです。小さいコマでいいので、出展し開発中のゲームをPRして下さい。弊社で、出展作業、ブースデザインなどは支援ができます。

 

国ごとに政府の支援をうけたブースもあります。日本や韓国、スペインなど、多くの国がその国のブースで、ゲーム開発者をPRしていますので、そちらから出展するのもありだと思います。出展費用も政府が半分持ってくれたりします。但し、少しでも体力があれば、個別の出展が目立ちますし、PR度合いも比較になりません。

 

パブリッシャは、会場内を面白そうなゲームを求めて巡回してますので、興味をもって来てくれれば、最高のチャンスとなるでしょう。

 

日本のパビリオンは、夕方にかけて、人だかりが増えていき、「すごいな」と思っていたのですが、関係者の方から「あそこ(日本パビリオン)は、夕方になると日本酒をふるまうので、人が集まってくるんです」と教えられました。でも、おもてなしの感じが、日本らしくて素晴らしいと感じました。

 

次は、通常のゲーム事業者として参加(訪問)し、パブリッシャのブースで、面談予約をいれることです。会場内には、パブリッシャがあつまるエリアがあります。まるで要塞のようになっており、受付から中を見ることは基本できませんし、ガードマンが入り口をまもっています。ネットで、事前予約をいれておけば、予約の時間に入り口から中へ案内されます。パブリッシャ側は、朝から何十社と面談を続けるので、相当、疲れている場合が多々あります。あるパブリッシャさんは、どこのゲーム開発会社・個人も、面談ブースで「これまでになかったゲームです」といってアピールしてくるものの、そのほとんどは大したものでもないゲームを紹介してくると、愚痴っていました。ただ、うまくいかなくても、連絡先が交換できるので、大きな収穫と考えていいと思います。

 

そもそもパブリッシャがゲームの成功に必要なのかという議論はあると思います。コンソール上でのゲームであれば、そのコンソールをもつパブリッシャに受け入れてもらうことは必須でしたが、現在は、スマホゲームが主流であり、パブリッシャに頼る必要は昔ほどありません。現在のパブリッシャの役割は、投資家的なものが求められているように感じています。

 

ローカライズの会社もあちらこちらにありますし、自ら、ローカライズしようと思えば、可能です。もちろん、ローカライズは単純でありませんが。

パブリッシャなしでも、綿密なPR戦略で世界に打って出ることは、より、簡単になってきています。

 

弊社はドイツGamescomへの出展支援、そして、ゲームのローカライズ、世界でのPRの支援をしております。

 

お問い合わせは下より、お願い致します。

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ドイツのケルンで開催されたGamescom 2022にゲーム事業者(Business visitor)として参加してみたので、その報告です。

 

世界最大のゲーム関連の展示会です。日本のみならず、様々な国からあらゆるゲーム関係者が集結します。

 

弊社は長年、日本のゲーム会社の海外進出の支援依頼をうけてきました。「うちは1人、2人でやっている小さな開発会社だから世界は関係ないな」と思われた方、大きな間違いです。個人規模のゲーム会社はインディーゲームとよばれ、世界のゲーム企業が注目している分野です。弊社と協業する海外のゲーム会社は数社ありますが、彼らからも、日本で面白いインディーゲームがあれば、是非、紹介してほしいと頼まれています。また、海外のインディーゲームに興味のある日本のゲーム企業があれば、声をかけてください。

 

シンガポールのGamescomに行くから大丈夫、東京ゲームショウに行くから大丈夫と思った方、ヨーロッパの多くの企業は、どちらにも行きません。ヨーロッパを抑えるなら、ドイツのGamescomなのです。従って、日本の大手企業もドイツのGamescomは外せません。

(韓国パビリオンの方は東京ゲームショウにも参加するとおっしゃってました。)

 

Gamescomには、大きく分けると二つのチケットがあります。

ゲーム事業の関係者と一般としての参加の2種類があります。一般の参加者は、ゲーム事業者のエリアには立ち入ることはできません。

 

ゲームの関係者でない場合は、一般の参加となります。一般の参加でも十分、Gamescomは楽しむことができます。

 

御社がゲーム会社であったり、ゲーム関連ビジネスを営む事業者であれば、必ず、ゲーム事業者として参加することをお勧めします。

 

単純に、Gamescomには、ゲーム事業者でないと入れないエリアが多数存在するからです。

 

ゲームを世界で展開したいと考える場合、ゲーム事業者として参加する必要があります。ゲームの事業者として参加する場合、事前に、事業者専用の申し込みサイトから必要書類などを提出し、審査を受けたうえで、チケットの購入が可能となります。

 

スマホで申し込み、審査を通過したら、クレジットカードで支払いをします。入場券はスマホにQRコードが送られてきます。

 

さて、スマホでチケットを受け取ったら準備完了です。

 

実際当日、ドイツのケルンからどう入場するのかご案内いたします。

ゲーム事業者チケットでの入場の仕方

電車で下車する駅は、ケルン大聖堂のあるケルン駅ではありません。ケルンの展示会場の駅となりますので、[Koeln Messe/Deutz]駅で下車してください。

 

ケルンは物価の高い街です。ホテルは1人で、大したところでもないのに150ユーロ/泊を超えることも良くあります。事前予約か、ケルン近郊の別の街のホテルを取ることをおすすめします。

電車から降りたら、人が歩く方面に移動してください。日本のように、案内してくれるスタッフは駅にはいません。ドイツの駅あるあるですが、駅員さんは基本、いません。分からない時は、近くの人に聞かなければなりません。

 

Gamescom会場はこっちと、小さな看板(紙のポスター程度なので、見落とす可能性100%です)はあります。

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荷物検査の後、ここで左側に事業者用の入口(Hall3)があります。入口に、セキュリティのスタッフさんが3,4名いますので、ここで、スマホの事業者チケット(Business pass)を見せてください。ほとんどの人は一般の入り口へ行きますので、ここでお別れです。

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事業者用の入口は閑散としてます。不安にならず、自信をもって奥まで進んでください。

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開場時間ほぼちょうどで、入場です。人がいないブースも多いです。例えば、ブラジルのブースは、だれもいませんでした。のちにブラジルブースのスタッフさんに、話を聞くと、1時間、2時間遅れで来るのは当たり前とのこと。国の特徴があらわれます。日本のブースは、時間通りに、スタッフさんがしっかり立っていらっしゃいました。

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ビジネスエリアは、閑散としていると言っていいほどです。パブリッシャーエリアは、打ち合わせ専用ブースですので、スマホで事前予約を入れて、打ち合わせをします。飛び込みでは、基本、打ち合わせに応じてくれません。注意が必要です。

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事業者チケットで、一般エリアに行くことができます。

 

一歩、一般エリアに入ると、ものすごい人で圧倒されます。キャラクターグッズの販売など、コミコン顔負けの大盛況となっています。

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日本のブースは、ビジネスエリアにあります。日本政府と(いま話題になってしまっている)角川書店など大手がスポンサーとなって、出展しています。開発者さんたちが直接出ているというより、ブース運営の事業者さんが、日本のゲームを紹介してくれるという感じです。

 

日本のブースは、夕方になると日本酒を無料で提供しますので、大人気です。ゲームとお酒がお好きな方にお勧めです。

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 弊社は、ゲーム会社の海外展開支援をしています。

 

Gamescomなどヨーロッパの展示会の出展サポートをしています。

 

そして、ゲームのオフショア開発、ローカライズだけでなく、ゲームのPRをする全世界のインフルエンサーやパブリッシャとのつながりがあり、必要に応じて、ご提案いたします。

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ヨーロッパ随一の日本人街 ドイツデュッセルドルフの今 2022年版

ヨーロッパ随一の日本人街 ドイツデュッセルドルフの今

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2022年ドイツ

ヨーロッパ随一の日本人街 ドイツ デュッセルドルフの今を報告します。 

 

デュッセルドルフ出張のついでに、街中を散策してみました。この町では日系企業が多く集まっていることもあり、何度となく仕事で訪れています。十数年前までは日系企業が多いイメージはありましたが、今では中華系や韓国系企業も多くなってきました。

 

なぜ、日系が多かったかという理由については、現地の当局が誘致の為、日系企業(アジア系企業)に対して、ビザを発給しやすくしているからだと思われます。

 

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日本人にとって、デュッセルドルフといえば、インマーマンシュトラーセ(Immermann/インマーマン通り)です。

 

そこは、日本食や日本関連のお店が多数あり、日本関連のお店がいくつか集まり(自称)リトルトーキョーと呼んでいます。グーグルマップにも出るのですが、ただ、本当に小さくで、実際に訪問した日本人からは、「恥ずかしい」という意見もあります。一緒に同行した、現地の日本好きの人間も、「あればリトルトーキョーではない」と言ってました。

 

 

ちなみに、地元日本人経営のラーメン屋さんは大盛況で、20-40分待ちは当たり前の行列です。ドイツまできて、わざわざ、食べようとも思わなくなるほどの人気です。とても食べたかったのですが、諦めました。

うまく、空いている時間があれば、是非、試してみて下さい。

 

日本人経営でなくても、日本語をつかった店名が多いのも特徴です。日本語(っぽい)の名前なので、店主さんに尋ねると、「日本人経営ではないけども、日本語がかっこいいからそれを店名にしてみた」という話も聞きました。

ドイツで、寿司屋さんやタイ料理屋さんといえば、ベトナム(東ドイツ共産時代からの流れ)や中華系の経営が多いので、特に驚きもありません。あるドイツの田舎町で大人気の中華料理屋さんに通っているのですが、そこもベトナムの方が経営されてます。

 

実は、デュッセルドルフは、(少なくとも私にとっては、)ピザの街であり、おいしいピザが安く食べられるので、ピザの店をめぐります。Tripadvisor等を参考にしてみて下さい。

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デュッセルドルフでは薬物依存症が課題?

デュッセルドルフの意外な一面についても言及します。

 

私自身、デュッセルドルフに住んでいたこともあるのですが、治安は普通です。

 

ただ、ヤク中毒者がとても多い街でもあります。中央駅の周りは、昼間から腕に注射針を刺した方が、寝っ転がっていることがありました。日本では、基本的に見ない光景です。

 

同じく街中に中毒者の多い、サンフランシスコを彷彿とさせます。ちょっとおかしな人を見かけたり、話しかけられたら(これも時々あります)、近づかないことが得策です。

 

くれぐれも、ご注意ください。

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ドイツでのPRイベント、進出支援、市場調査についてのお問い合わせは下記より、お願いします。

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Looking for a Japanese contact center vendor based in Japan? Why Critical to have native Japanese speaking agents

Looking for a Japanese contact center vendor based in Japan? Why Critical to have native Japanese speaking agents

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Are you a cosmetic brand entering Japan market? Are you a software company, online game or online service company entering Japan? Great product/service is the key but another key for success is the great customer support for Japanese customers.

 

You must have the team, even just 1-2 agents. How do you find the good quality one with a reasonable cost? We help you!

 

Does your company have Japanese customer base or plans to enter Japan market?

 

We helped clients (from famous cosmetic brands, software companies, airlines etc.) to find a Japanese call centers. This way, we came to work with several major contact center vendors around the world. Some have the Japanese speaking contact centers in Dalian, China. Some have in KL, Malaysia. Some offer from Peru. They do so to offer a cheaper service for 24/365. The idea is that the contact center agents in different time zones can cover Japan market for 24 hours. Most of them hire small number of native Japanese speakers and many non-native Japanese speakers.

 

Basically, none of their qualities were good and the prices were expensive.

 

Japanese expect high service level

 

Having only few native Japanese agents results in extremely low customer satisfaction. Why? It is because Japanese expect very high service level(Good or bad!). You may have heard that Japanese service level is one of the highest in the world. This means people in Japan are used to such a high level of service and easily get unsatisfied with a tiny mistake made by agent.

 

We can not remember how many times Japanese people complaining about the "VIP" call center of major foreign airlines and they chose Japanese language but the agent did not speak a word of Japanese.

 

It is also not strange to hear so many Japanese customers complain about the tech support of major PC companies where their calls were thrown to somewhere in China with agents who could not really speak Japanese. And that is after their waiting for 1 hour before they could even speak as the line was busy. Not all of them but the tendency was so.

 

What happened is that many foreign companies have no contact with small and reasonable priced contact centers so that they talk to major global players in the field and end up having to use their non-native Japanese agents. Sadly with the Japanese economy being smaller by years, the importance of Japan market for such clients is smaller as well. 

In fact, this does not have to be so.

 

This does not have to be so!

 

There are so many boutique call centers in Japan available for companies entering Japanese market. We have a network of very reasonable priced customer service vendors around Japan. These are usually not major vendors but they hire native Japanese speakers in rural areas where there are not many jobs available. We think it is important to support the local economies in Japan.

 

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Do you want to enter Japan market?

Do you want to enter China market?

 

Talk to us. We support M&A and business development around the world.

 

We work on the performance base! Free consultation. When you have a great service, product, let us work together. We bring your product, service to Japan, China etc.

 

Are you interested in buying a company or hotel in Japan? Are you interested in buying a hotel or restaurant chain in South East Asia e.g. Vietnam? 

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How much is Restaurant delivery robot?

How much is Restaurant delivery robot?

We sell Segway-Ninebot delivey robot

First, check out this video. And you see the future there.

In Asia, it was around 2013 where the delivery robot  got a spot light at some tech expos. We did not see them working that time.

 

But in the corona pandemic, we started seeing so many of them at restaurants, hotels, hospitals etc. The reasons are first of all, labor shortage. Many do not work at gastronomy area which results in high cost to hire, and the second of all, contact-less becomes more appreciated due to the pandemic.

 

There are some delivery robots also employed in Europe. Surprisingly well accepted.

Our Latest delivery robot

Our robot from Segway can carry 30kg at once.

Height is 116cm.

Diameter is around 48cm x 47cm (with the round shaped trays, if square shaped, 50cm x 43cm).

Total weight is 48.5kg (with the round shaped trays, if square shaped, 51.5kg).

Can run 0.6-1m/second.

Can run through 60cm width aisle. 

Durability is around 5-8 years.

The robot can run for 12-24hours with 3 hour one time power charge.

 

You can get this robot around 7000USD from us.

 

With AI tech, the delivery robot can speak English, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc.

Can carry round shaped tray

When carrying round shaped trays. 

When carrying square shaped trays.

Who can utilize the robots?

Who will find it useful to use these types of robots?

  • Restaurant
  • Fast food restaurant 
  • Hotel/hostel
  • Hospital/nursing home
  • Theme park/gulf park
  • Canteen in factory

robot attract more customers

We hear some say the robot cuts cost and reduce the employment.

When customers come to us for robots, they tell us a different story. They have so much problem hiring people to run their business. Some of them already went bankruptcy because they can not find people.

 

Some of the companies told us they were first worried about robots being present at their restaurants because some customers may think very strange but in fact many customers esp. kids love robots and in the end more customers come to the restaurants. 

cheapest robot probalby

Our price is 7000USD per robot. We have a special relationship with Segway Ninebot. Our price is probably one of the cheapest in the market.

 

As we see these robots of similar specs cost more than 10000-20000USD per robot.

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How to Ship Item to Overseas Fastest Cheapest

How to Ship Item to Overseas Fastest Cheapest

Find someone who can carry your item on flight

one simple solution

Recently one of the best air couriers to send items to overseas "EMS" has been not so reliable. Due to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, the EMS service stopped to many countries. Last year, EMS was not available to the US for many months. 

 

You can join this facebook page to find someone who can carry your item to overseas.

 

Find someone who can carry your item to overseas.

Post the item, destination, time you want someone to carry to, and compensation and anything useful for the person who carries.

Post where you fly to and how much you want to charge, and anything useful for the person who carries.

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日本でも絶対に必要となるAI画像認識セキュリティシステム

日本でも絶対に必要となるAI画像認識セキュリティシステム

強力なセキュリティシステムの必要性

凶悪犯罪が増加する日本

凶悪、陰湿な犯罪が増えているように思えます。弊社は有効な対策として、AI認識技術による監視を考えています。

 

公共の場での情報収集が制限される中、個人を特定しない認識技術で行動を認識することで、弊社のAIシステムは効果を発揮します。また、事務所や工場内は、雇用者の安全の為、弊社の認識技術を使って頂けると考えます。

 

それを月額最低3万円(税別)最低2年契約からご提供します。最低のプランでさえ、カメラは8台までご利用可能です。クラウドでカメラをつなぎますので、簡単・安全な運用が可能です。

 

御社がセキュリティシステム会社さんであれば、弊社のAIを使い、新たな製品を開発していただくことも可能です(費用は別途ご相談)。サーバーはもちろん日本に置き、データは保護されます。

 

京都アニメ-ションや大阪のクリニック放火事件、そして、電車内での切り付け、放火など、ストーカー、いじめの被害など、そのような報道を見ない日はありません。

統計上は、日本の犯罪率は下がっているといわれますが、肌感覚で感じる犯罪は増えているのではないでしょうか。

 

私見ではありますが、日本の景気は悪くなる一方であることと、人口の高齢化が要因だと思われます。残念ながら貧困が犯罪を生んでしまうのは、どの世の中でも通じることです。そして、社会が高齢化すると、被害者である側が更に弱い立場になっていきます。具体的には、視力も聴力も、判断力も衰えていくので、犯罪に対してもろくなってしまうのです。高齢になってくると、周囲の親類、友人も減っていき、集団防衛機能も衰えます。

 

ご高齢の方だけで支えられている地方のコミュニティがいくつもあるわけです。そういった地域を重点的に詐欺商品の会社が狙っているといった背景もあります。

 

現在、ロシアとウクライナの間で、戦争が勃発しており、世界の不安定な情勢も、治安には悪影響です。

 

最新の配膳ロボットが100万円?弊社からご購入いただけます。

犯罪は人目につかないところで行われる

人の目が追い付かない死角

大原則として、多くの犯罪は人目につかないところで行われます。

 

世の中には、人の目があれば、防げた犯罪は多々あると感じます。泥棒、誘拐や痴漢など、そこに人の目があれば、発生可能性は低くなります。ただ、あらゆる箇所に警備員さんを配備することは不可能なので、監視カメラが必要になります。それも、分かるように配置します。

 

最近になって、電車の中でも監視カメラが設置されるようになってきましたが、今更感が強いです。

 

そして、人の目はあれど、目視ではどうしてもどこかで死角が発生するのです。

 

警備員さんや、既存の監視カメラの人目があっても、目視で全ての人間の動きに注意を払うことは極めて難しいです。

 

ターミナル駅で、流れゆく多くの人々をみて、全ての人の細かい表情、動きを目で追うことができないのと同じです。しかも、それを24時間365日休みなく行うことは人間には不可能です。

 

そこで、弊社のAIシステムが必要とされるのです。

 

AIの目が24時間365日常に、特定の行為、特定の人物など予め決められた事象について監視します。

 

何十台もあるカメラや、広い箇所を、大人数を写す画像を警備員さんが目視していれば、どんなベテランの方でも見落としが出るものです。また、個人宅、多くの事務所、工場、病院などでは無人で監視カメラを回している場合のほうが多いのではないでしょうか?

 

それを弊社AIがサポートすることで、更に守りを強固にします。

 

弊社は、何かがあった後に確認するだけでなく、今起こっていることをAIに判断させて、少しでも何かが起こる前に対応をできるようにすることを目指しています。

目視のサポートとして弊社のAIが「見て判断する」

弊社のAIは、顔、人間の行動、人間以外の事象について認識できます。

 

例えば、学校内で生徒が喧嘩を始めたとしましょう。弊社AIは、殴り合うなど喧嘩行為を検知し、いち早く、責任者にアラートを発します。ある施設で不審火があったとします。AIはその火を検知し、アラートを発します。

はたまた、ある施設に許可なく侵入を試みる人間がいた場合、その人物が施設エリアに入った段階で、AIは0.0001秒以内に顔を検知し責任者にアラートを発します。

弊社AIは、30人ほどの顔を一度に判断し、特定人物を割り出すことができるのです。これは、マスクをしていても可能です。そして、車の特定のナンバープレートを割り出すことも可能です。

 

もちろん、万引き犯、過度なクレーマーなど、特定の注意人物の入店を検出します。弊社AIはそれにとどまりません。

学校、病院、事務所、工場内など施設への不審者の近寄り、立ち入りを検出します。

工場内でヘルメットをとる、タバコを吸うなどの危険行為を瞬時に検出します。

私道や施設のエリアなどへの侵入、駐車も検出します。

 

これは、いわゆるAI業界の大企業が提供するAIに匹敵し、更には会社によっては、それを超えるレベルと考えています。

安全な社会を目指して

弊社では、世界企業に負けない技術を手に届く価格で提供することを目指しています。

 

弊社の提供するAI画像認識技術は、世界中で使われています。実際、海外で都市全体や高速道路の安全管理にも用いられています。

 

弊社の提供するAI画像認識技術は、様々な要求に応えることができます:

 

1)既に監視カメラ(IPカメラ)をご利用中の会社、個人様に、簡単に導入いただける監視システム 

2)監視カメラとのセット

3)法人向けに、AI技術を提供するSDK

4)法人向けに、AI技術を開発するサービス

 

になります。

1億の画像を、1000分の1秒で検索可能  認識精度は99%以上  1000か所の顔認識項目と13か所の顔の特徴項目  約200か国で利用可能 3D顔認証、マスク着用でも認識可能、即時の認識が可能
83か国及び地域のナンバープレートを認識可能  1億の画像を、1000分の1秒で検索可能  ナンバープレートを99.9%の精度で識別し、自動車の特徴も99.9%の精度で識別

AI認識技術の実例

弊社のAIセキュリティシステムでできる実用例は以下です。このほかにも様々な機能で、安心、安全の確保を目指します:

 

1.事務所敷地内、工場敷地内という条件で、以前問題を起こしたクレーマー、万引き犯を特定し、施設内に近づく・入店した際、事前にスタッフのスマホにアラートを発信する

2.施設内での不審な行動、不審火を検知し、アラートを発信

3.幼稚園の周囲(敷地内)をうろつく不審者を検知、施設内に侵入しようとする人間を検知し、アラートを発信

4.事務所のドアや部屋の玄関ドアを顔認証で開錠

5.喫煙など施設内での禁止行為を検知し、アラート発信

6.畑に侵入する動物を検知し、警告音を発信

7.違反駐車をする車のナンバープレートを記録、アラート発信

8.施設内での喧嘩などを行動から認識、アラート発信

9.親が不在な時の、子供の安全を見守る

10.遠隔地の親が犯罪に巻き込まれないよう見守る

11.地域の防犯、クマ、イノシシなどの害獣の出現を検知し、アラートを発信

12.女子校、女子寮など敷地内に侵入しようとする男性を検知

 

これは、ほんの一部です。これ以外にも多くの機能を有します。

 

新規開発案件になり、別途お見積りとはなりますが、クライアントの必要に応じた事象を認識させることも可能です。

 

ご用命は以下のお問い合わせから宜しくお願いします。

業界で最高水準の技術を、最高のコスパで提供することを目指しています

どうしても、AIを用いたシステムは高額というイメージがあります。大企業では、50万円から数百万円が相場と感じています。

 

安心に多額のコストをかけなくてはならないという常識を変えることを目指しています。

 

弊社は、すでにクライアント側で既存のIPカメラを用いる場合であれば、システム利用料月額最低3万円(税別)最低2年契約からご提供します。最低のプランでさえ、カメラは8台までご利用可能です。

クラウド技術で、必要な人員がアクセスできるようになります。

 

カメラをご利用でなければ、カメラなど周辺機器も弊社からご購入いただけます。

 

御社がセキュリティシステム会社さんであれば、弊社のAIを使い、新たな製品を開発していただくことも可能です(費用は別途ご相談)。サーバーはもちろん日本に置き、データは保護されます。

プライバシーに最大限の配慮

プライバシーは重要な事項であり、無制限に個人情報を収集することは絶対にしてはならないものと認識しています。

 

個人特定のできる機能は、事務所内や私的な地所、工場内などでのみ使うように設定が可能です。

公的な場所で、個人の特定できる顔認識をオフにすることができます。

サーバーは日本に

情報保護の観点から、システムのサーバーは日本で、データを管理します。

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Arrests at Kimono Matsuba for Illegal Kimono Sale - Typical Horror Story of Kimono School in Japan

Arrests at Kimono Matsuba for Illegal Kimono Sale

Typical Horror Story of Kimono School in Japan

bad sales practice in kimono

Mr. Masato Matsuba CEO and Mr. Tanaka Debt Management head of a major Kimono shop "Kimono Matsuba" based in Nara are arrested.

 

These suspects are said to have forced people with dementia to buy expensive Kimono many times and ran an illegal loan service. 

 

Kimono Matsuba - a major Kimono retailer or" Gofuku-ya" in Japanese - runs around 20 shops in Kansai - Western Japan area.

(Source: MBS news, Yomiuri news)

 

Is it because of the corona shock? Maybe. But this type of Kimono industry news is not strange to Japan. If you ask people esp. females in their 40s- late 50s about their experience with Kimono, many of them would recall as a typical horror story of kimono in Japan.

 

It is well known that Kimono industry declined because many Kimono retailers engaged in a force buy practice and people stopped buying kimono out of fear.

 

It goes like this. Many Kimono retailers typically run a "kimono dressing school".  The marketing message goes "if you are a Japanese (female), better to know how to dress Kimono. And it is FREE!".

 

When one goes to the "free" dressing school, the dressing trainers (sales staff) tell you to buy one kimono if you have none, or to buy a new or better one if you already had a one.

 

The price tag could be even 3000-6000USD or even more. Not cheap. Then, the sales staff offers you a loan payment like "it is just 200USD every month!". The staff does not allow you to go home before you sign the agreement. Often their parents ended up paying this debt. Many Japanese girls experienced this.

 

This is one of the major reasons why people do not do kimono any longer. 

 

It became a social problem. Some people even went bankrupt. Many kimono schools closed as the industry shrunk but still there are many in Japan. Please note that not all are like this, or "not any more". There are many companies and individuals which do not force buy in Japan today.

 

You go to some kimono shop of a high brand, you pick up one nice kimono and see the expensive price tag, you will not be surprised when the shop staff approaches you and suggests to you saying "hey, we can offer you a loan payment, you know".  

Talk with Former Kimono sales

If you go to some Kimono retailers today, you may see the staff in their 50s or older, they are often from these force sell job in the past. To be fair, it is not because of these kimono school staff but the management of these Kimono retailers and the industry which allowed such a terrible scheme.

 

We had a chance to talk to one former kimono sales staff of such a kimono dressing school in 80s-90s. She was from a poor family and did not go to school. Then she got a job in the kimono dressing school In the school, she was one of many staff in the school. She was paid very poorly for the base salary and her single mother life with 3 kids depended on the sales commission heavily. The more expensive kimono she sold, the more commission she got. The economy was good - so called the bubble economy. Many bought kimono with a loan payment. After Kimono industry became a small, her job was also gone. She was already in her 50s and went to a nursing training school and she got a job in a nursing house taking care of the senior citizen.

 

Again, Kimono industry could take care of the customers, employees and the market better. Sadly like many other industry, the industry destroyed itself, if not completely.

what to be careful with about Kimono school in Japan?

careful with one day free kimono dressing course of major schools

What do you need to be careful with when you want to learn how to wear kimono?

 

When you see an advertisement saying "FREE KIMONO DRESSING COURSE", and if it is from a major kimono dressing school, it is alarming enough. 

 

Who offers a service for free? There must be a motive behind to make money out of you.

 

Usually safer to go with an individual kimono dressing person for some "paid" lesson. We have not seen many individuals affiliated with a kimono shop.

Buy kimono online

sizing is one issue but better and safer

You do not want to be forced to buy kimono. But you want to get one. Perfect way to avoid the force buy is online

 

It is a great experience to buy kimono at a physical shop consulting the real staff but you may need to have some good money sometimes and need to fly to Japan (which is very very uncertain in this Covid pandemic.). 

If you buy kimono online, you may have a trouble with sizing esp. when you are a kimono beginner.

 

For the great tips, check this article how to buy kimono online from Japan.

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Cat Island in Japan losing Cat due to Illness

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Cat island, Aoshima, Ehime, Japan
Cat island, Aoshima, Ehime, Japan Source: Yomiuri News

Cat Island in Japan losing Cat due to Illness

Aoshima Cat Island in Japan losing Cat due to Illness

In the corona pandemic where basically no tourist visited the pre-corona popular "cat island", Aoshima in Ehime pref. Japan where more than 100 cats living with just 15 people or so, some strange phenomena happened.

 

Many cats there started catching a heavy cold and dying. As many as 30 cats died in November, 2020.

 

The cause of the disease is "cat cold" or feline calicivirus (FCV). There was like another corona pandemic happening on a remote island apart from our world.

 

In the hope to prevent more death of cats, the group of volunteer including vets of Okayama Science university entered the island on 6th Nov, 2021 before another pandemic happens this year.

 

The group captured 71 cats and carried out the health checks. The FCV vaccine was given to 36 cats to see if it works or not.

 

If more cats die this November, the island will be with just 30 cats or so and may lose the title of "cat island". Its popularity with foreign tourists may fade away too.

So cats get sick every year but why dying?

over population?

Aoshima island cats usually get FCV like an influenza for us every year but not many died. But 2020 saw a lot of death. 

 

Why?

 

One possibility is the over cat population. The island is a small environment which can only accommodate certain amount of cats. FVC is transmitted from cats to cats. Basically, where are many cats, the group get it.

FCV

what is cat cold?

Does it infect human too?

 

As far as we know, we human do not get FCV from cats. But we may carry the virus from one cat to another. The researcher in Japan also advised people not to visit the cat island, and even if must and arrive at the island, better not to approach the cats in case people spread the virus.

 

What is FVC (Feline calicivirus)?

 

It is a virus of the family Caliciviridae that causes disease in cats.

It is one of the two important viral causes of respiratory infection in cats, the other being Felid alphaherpesvirus 1. FCV can be isolated from about 50% of cats with upper respiratory infections. Cheetahs are the other species of the family Felidae known to become infected naturally.

 

What are clinical signs?

 

Clinical signs in cats infected with FCV may develop acutely, chronically, or not at all. Latent or subclinical infections often become clinical when the cat is stressed, such as at the time of adoption. Acute signs of FCV include fever, conjunctivitis, nasal discharge, sneezing, and ulceration of the mouth (stomatitis). Pneumonia may develop with secondary bacterial infections. In addition to stomatitis, some cats may develop a polyarthritis, both probably immune-mediated through immune complex deposition. Stomatitis and polyarthritis can develop without any upper respiratory infection signs, but fever and loss of appetite may occur. Less commonly, glomerulonephritis can develop in chronic cases secondary to immune complex deposition. The great variability of clinical signs in individual cases of FCV is related to the relative virulence of different strains of the virus.

 

VS-FCV can cause a rapid epidemic, with a mortality rate of up to 67%.Initial clinical signs include discharge from the eyes and nose, ulceration in the mouth, anorexia, and lethargy, and occur in the first one to five days.

Later signs include fever, edema of the limbs and face, jaundice, and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome.

 

Diagnosis of FCV is difficult without specific tests, because the signs are similar to other feline respiratory diseases, especially feline viral rhinotracheitis. The presence of stomatitis may indicate FCV. Specific tests include virus culture, polymerase chain reaction, and immunohistochemical staining.

 

( Source: Wikipedia)

what happening on the island recenly years?

Partial sterlization disaster, then All cats sterlized in 2018

As we reported, the island already sterilized the cats on the island. When the island really loses more cats, it is possible the "cat" island will be just an island.

 

In Sept, 2018 one of the twitter accounts of a local person on the island who takes many cat photos started talking about the sterilization of the cats. This way, we learnt about this.

 

All cats on Aoshima island are sterilized according to major media. The reason is that there are too few people on the island who can feed the cats.

 

There is a group which takes care of the cats on the island. The group is called "Aoshima Neko wo Mimamoru kai / a group which looks after Aoshima cats" which asked the Ozu city to support the all cat sterlization project in 2017. The city decided to put the project cost around 4000USD (the cost for the vets to stay and travel) in the city budget.

 

The reason behind all this is that there are too few people to take care of cats on that island. Once sterlization done partially resulted in another disaster to the cats. 

 

How serious is the situation?

 

During WWII, many people escaped to the island from the main land. The island population hit the highest 655 people in 1960. There have not been enough job so many people left the island. On 1976 the island's only one primary school was shut down.

 

Early 2000 the cat population started to grow while the human population hit then new low, 50.

 

Currently in 2021 you only see 15 people( 4 fishermen and the rest retirees) on the island.

 

Today there are 9 people whose average age is older than 75 years old and more than 200 cats. Early 2013 the island became famous from online community which increased the cat number more. 

 

The number of cat is growing yet the number of resident on the island is decreasing even more.

 

One time the volunteer team sterlized 80 female cats, not all. It became a disaster for the cats where the female and male balance broken. Non-sterlized female cats were constantly chased by the males and they could not eat properly and raise kittens well.

 

At one point there were many dead cats around the island.

 

Therefore, the village of the island made decision to neuter ALL cats. 

 

It has been mixed opinion about this. Some did not want, some wanted. There was also an opposition from the resident saying they still want to see kittens. 

How sterilization carried out

On 2nd Oct, 2018 a foundation, called Dobutsu foundation, which offers fee sterilization to animals carried out this plan on this cat island. There 20 staff came to the island and set up as many as 130 cages. Each cage had some food for cats. When the cat enters the cage, the door of the cage closes.

 

On 3rd Oct, 3 veterinarians arrived at the island and carried out the tasks. 1 min to deal with one male cat and 15 mins, one female cat.  On this day 172 cats (female 75, male 97) were treated. 

 

On 4th Oct around 06:00AM, the treated cats were released after the staff checked their conditions.

Will Aoshima be non Cat island?

source: wikipedia aoshima cats
source: wikipedia

Now all cats do not reproduce due to this operation.

 

Normally the cat lives for 16-18 years. This means that there will be no cat on the Aoshima island after 18 years or so. (The oldest cat (called Creme Puff) in this world was 38 years and 3 days based on Guinness World Records.)

 

This is only possible 1) if nobody brings any cat to the island from now and 2) if really all cats are sterilized.

 

For 1), Aoshima has been so popular with so many tourists visiting and this has quite good business potential for the city "Ozu city" and the prefecture "Ehime" the island belongs to. The cat island brings a lot of money to many businesses esp. to the cities around it. In search of a new business opportunity to the community, these governments can change the direction and tries to make the island a cat island again. Who knows the government may bring a lot cats to the island again.

 

For 2) there is no 100% perfection in anything. It is announced that all cats were sterilized but it is possible that there are some survivors from this operation. The nature always finds a way.

 

This way, we think the Aoshima will continue to be a cat island.

Where is Aoshima cat island?

Aoshima in Ehime is one famous cat island in Japan, beside Tahirojima island.

 

Cat Island in Japan becoming popular. Onegai Kaeru team sees more people online talking about cat islands and also many online/offline news paper also featuring about it. We still do not see much practical information for those who want to visit the islands.

 

Thus we decided to provide some practical info on two cat islands, how to get these islands and what the cat island local says about the visitors. Also, there are several "cat islands" in Japan, other than these two. Please refer to our latest cat island list in Japan (updated from time to time).

Cat Island Aoshima

Aoshima - Island of Cats

Aoshima island ( 青島 ), Ozu-city, Ehime, is "cat island".

 

Located 13.5 km away from Nagahama port. 

 

Due to the internet hype the island becomes one of the popular destinations for the cat lovers.

 

In 1942 there were 889 people recorded. The island has 15 people( age between 50-80 years old) and more than 100 cats. There is neither inn, restaurant nor vending machine( as of Oct, 2013).

 

Some details about this island population:

  

There is no car or even a bike so no real threat to cat and there are many abandoned houses where cats can live peacefully.

 

1976 saw the last school close on this island.

 

(Your guesthouse/hotel options for Aoshima island. Click here)  

source: wikipedia
source: wikipedia

No vending machine, no inn

Before you plan anything about this cat island in Ehime, you think about this. This island has NO inn, restaurant, vending machine. You find no bike no car.   (Note: there are 2 vending machines and some guesthouses on Tashirojima island in Miyagi)

So how to get Aoshima?

For traveler's tip...

How To Get Aoshima

For Aoshima, Ehime, (35 min) boat trip 2 times a day from Nagahama Port, Ehime pref. To get Nagahama port, get off at JR Iyonagahama station and walk.  

 

There are Nagahama ports in Shiga pref and Kagoshima pref also, be careful not to confuse.

 

Here (hard to access the website) is the time table of the boat to the island in Japanese. So we put the info from the website for you in English as below:

 

Timetable for Aoshima

Season   Nagahama port dep Aoshima port arrival Aoshima port dep Nagahama port arrival
All year 1st boat 08:00 08:35 08:45 09:20
2nd boat 14:30 15:05 16:15 16:50
- - - - - -

Price of the boat trip

One way: 700JPY (Adult=12 year old or older), 350JPY (Child=6 year old or older but younger than 12 year old)

 

Round Trip: 1400JPY (Adult=12 year old or older), 700JPY (Child=6 year old or older but younger than 12 year old)

 

If you have some check-in-baggage, it costs some hundreds JPY (i.e. 130JPY per one item(bag etc.) if lighter than 10kg, 250JPY per one item(bag etc.) if heavier than 10kg but lighter than 20kg, 390 JPY per one item (bag etc.) if heavier than 20kg but lighter than 30kg )

 

Valid as of Nov, 2021( subject to possible change) 

 

After the media reported about this island, it has become hard to get the ticket. We learnt that the ticket is sometimes sold out even 3 hours before the departure.  

 

The boats may be cancelled. For details, here is the telephone number of the Port +81 893-52-2700.

Can you take a fisherman boat?

Because the official boat above is very popular there are many tourists who could not take the boat even they reached the port. There are some people who pay the fisher men to let them board their boat to travel to Aoshima.

 

The local authority warms it is NOT legal to take a fisher man's boat to reach Aoshima. You need to take the boat above.

Tips for your trip

Bring something to eat and drink, umbrella and some plastic bags to bring back the garbage at least.

 

In case of Aoshima, there is neither shop nor vending machine. It is common that the ship is canceled due to the high tide etc. from November till March( autumn and winter). Thus, you need to be very positive-minded enough not to be disappointed to find your ship is canceled after you travel all the way in the cold morning.

 

If you stay in Matsuyama, not recommended to travel from there to the port in the morning. It is 1.5hour train trip to the port from Matsuyama, considering the risk of cancellation, good to stay in some place near the port( some list of the hotel and inn here) one day before the trip to the island and stay there for a couple of days to test your luck to get the ship. 

Message from Cat Island

Many of Onegai Kaeru team friends and thousands of tourists visiting these islands. What do local say about the visitor? Some are happy but some are not happy.

 

Aoshima Island shared their message for visitors:

 

These are 5+1 rules for the visitors for Aoshima

 

1. Feed the cats only at a designated area near the "community centre". Do not give food around the dock  (where people get on and off the ship)

2. Do not hang around the dock (where people get on and off the ship) so that you do not stop other logistics. ( means... once you get off the ship, just keep moving away from the dock area!)

3. Do not enter the private area ( local people's houses) without a prior permission

4. Please take the garbage back

5. Do not feed the cats too much, or the cats get sick (we do not want that, right?). If you brought too much food for cats, you can leave it in the cat food containers in front of the community center and at the waiting room for the ship.

( 6. There is a donation box in the waiting room for the ship. Your consideration (cash!) shall be used for the cat)

 

This is where visitors are allowed to feed the cats on Aoshima island.

source: wikipedia
Feed the cats only here source: wikipedia

Where Should You Stay?

Now you know how to get these islands. Not so easy sometimes, right? Then the next question is...where should you stay on your journey to these Cat Islands? 

 

We featured several options and places to stay in our separate articles:  For Aoshima: You want to find out where you can stay over night on your trip to Aoshima? Find out here! 

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If you agree with the policy of the Doubutsu foundation, you can donate something to this from this link.

Are these islands too hard to get based on your travel schedule? We feature more than 10 cat islands in Japan for you. Check this latest and full list of cat islands in Japan out!!

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

More articles like this: 

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Source: Ishinomaki city government website, Ozu City government website, Ajishima line website, Yomiuri News

 

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Aogashima island message in Covid time

Aogashima island message in Covid time

Mayor message

This is the live streaming from Aogashima island.

It says do not visit the island for fun

Many people read our article about Aogashima island and other adventurous islands in Japan.

 

Many tourist places have dilemma in the corona pandemic. They want people to visit but also protect the people living there. Many local governments sent message to stop travelers to come.

 

Aogashima island mayor published his message in Covid time.

 

The key message is that the island does not want you to visit it if for leasure.

 

The mayor saying "the covid-19 may last 2-3 years. The with corona situation will continue. If anyone gets covid on this island, it will probably explode."

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What Japanese Company Can you buy? - M&A Target Info from Japan

What Japanese company can you buy - M&A Target Info from Japan

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insight on merger and acquisition in Japan

weak Japanese yen and corona make M&A easier in Japan

In 2022, recently we finished several merger and acquisition deals for European clients to purchase Japanese companies in Japan. One case took around 3 years from the start of search of target.

 

The other case only took 6 months. With the latter case, our client bought a company with global operation so that the client instantly gained the footprints in new markets. 

 

We have been supporting M&A deals in many countries, such as in Japan, China, Europe, SE Asia with target finding and due diligence.

 

With the weak Japanese yen and corona impact on the economy are not really bad for M&As if you buy a Japanese company in Japan.

 

Sometimes some companies ask us if they can buy/invest into a whiskey distillery in Japan because the Japanese whiskey being super popular globally.  The answer is Yes, but a very very tough to find a case and very very expensive. 

But if you look for a beer or sake brewery in Japan, you may have more chance. A global player, we also think why do not you look at whiskey distillers in Eastern Europe or SE Asia? Invest now into these and there shall be next big brands from your investment maybe.

 

When our client in Japan wanted to buy a hotel in HCMC, Vietnam and BKK, Thailand, we flew there and found the targets.

When one client wanted to invest in an online marketing company in Malaysia, we introduced the CEO- owner to them.

When one German client asked us to find a possible M&A target for CRM solution in Japan, we found the target and its owners, and negotiated the deal successfully. 

 

Some deals took just 6 months to finish and some took 3 years. Of course, many deals also broke in the middle.

 

Are you planning to enter Japan market?

 

Consider M&A in Japan. It is probably the easiest way to enter Japan.

 

Consider this: to make a real business in Japan, if you do a organic growth, you need to set up a legal entity, hire people (finding good people being very tough due to a labor shortage), gaining necessary permissions. 

 

Well, if you can buy all these at once, it shall reduce your burden and you can focus on your business growth as early as possible!

It means "you buy the time".

 

As we are in M&A field for many years, many contacts talk to us about the potential deal.

 

So...how to buy a Japanese company?

 

The most difficult part is to find an actual target company.

 

The seller/owner of a company does not really want to put the sales info online.  You may find some public information but we see almost all cases are over inflated.

To find a good/fair deal, you must go offline. You need to talk to a company/person widely connected offline.

 

There are many hotels/inns on sales as well as office buildings in Japan due to the covid 19 pandemic. But if you want to buy a great company in a great growing field, you usually do not find it.

 

The reason is simple: no one wants to sell a great company.

 

There are few exceptions for this. For example, when the owner is old and plans to retire, she/he may sell the good company. We met many company owners in Japan who are in 70s, 80s and 90s who want to find a right heir for their companies but could not.

 

There was one company which offered 1million USD for a new CEO candidate. There were two three candidates but in the end all of them were fired (left voluntarily "on paper").

 

The famous SOFT BANK group owner Mr. Son opened a "school" to select the next owner candidates. There were many young entrepreneurs in that school (One of the candidates was our close friend in fact). But Mr. Son did not pick anyone from that school. He picked one from outside.

 

Not easy to find a right heir. This way, some owners want to sell their companies. Then, they usually talk to their accountants, lawyers and close family/friend (other business owners who may buy the company) first. After this, they talk to M&A advisory or fund.

 

We have great connections with the accountants and lawyers, business owners and M&A advisories in Japan. This channel keeps us informed about potential target company in Japan.

 

In the corona pandemic, there are many businesses going bankrupt or civil rehabilitation proceedings in Japan.

 

One of the biggest fashion companies called RENOWN (already owned by a Chinese company) filed for bankruptcy, White Bear - a major travel agency and also Air Asia LCC was out of business in 2020.

 

It is usually our recommendation that you buy a company from bankruptcy or equivalent.  Why? It is because you can acquire a company at a very good price and the debt is normally reduced by 90%.

 

We have had some cases where the owners want to sell their company at 1JPY (less than 10 cent).

 

Of course, this is not for somebody who do not understand the business. There are reasons why these companies were not doing well and the owner needed to give up. 

 

How we help? If you want to buy, we find target companies to buy. If you want to sell, we find a company which may be interested in investing in your company. We work with our accountant and legal firms which can carry out due diligence.

 

We share some examples of the companies you can or could buy. In this section, if we talk about hospitality industry merger and acquisition, we focus on hotels and ryokans (inn), hostels often with hot springs.

 

Here we have some example of the companies in Japan to sell.

Japanese company list for sale

potential M&A targets for you?

Here are the example of company and industry the companies for sales are:

  • Rentacar company
  • Beer brewery 
  • Japanese sweet manufacturer/brand and some outlets
  • Japanese sake brewery (very popular! the catch is...all facility demolished already. You need to heavily invest to build the factory and hire people. The important asset is the license to produce alcohol.)
  • Water supply/sewage system construction
  • Fitness club chain
  • Online education company
  • Nursing home
  • Construction company
  • Vet hospital
  • Acupuncture clinic chain
  • Software development
  • Meat processer
  • Car parts whole sale
  • Venture capital
  • Whole sale
  • Timber trading 
  • Café franchise chain
  • Chinese restaurant chain

Some of them in Tokyo area, some in Osaka and Kyushu, and Hokkaido.

 

Most of them annual sales somewhere between 1-50 mil USD, EBITDA being 0-5 mil USD. Some calling price only starts with 0.5 mil USD up to 13 mil USD.

 

Many deals go away quickly so that we can not guarantee the deal is still on the table when you want to know more about it. If any of these interests you, we try to provide more info.

 

Unfortunately, we never work with any middle company/agent so to provide the cheapest deal for all parties. If you contact us as a buyer, you need to be the direct buyer.

 

We need to provide the name of the buyer for more details. 

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Keep in mind...

If you are a foreign company, please keep in mind that:

 

1) Naturally the deal will be more complicating where the mindsets, cultures, language, expectations, all need to be coordinated.

 

2) You will be charged more than normal domestic deal. Simply, the workload is more than domestic deal. And, the owner expects to earn more from a foreign company, otherwise the motivation could not be higher to go through all the trouble.

 

3) Many owners in Japan just do not want to sell to foreign company. Some are due to the above two points (which may mean simply a "trouble" for them). Some owners have a stigma about a foreign firm buying their companies even though your offer is higher than other Japanese company. No hurt feeling.  It is not unique for Japanese companies but also we saw in Europe and the US. So you may get a flat rejection from the target company with not much explanation, but do not get disappointed.

 

Patience is the key for success.

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How to Buy Japanese Company - M&A Target Info from Japan

How to Buy Japanese Company - M&A Target Info from Japan

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Many companies on sale right now in Japan

We support M&A in many countries. 

 

As we are in M&A field for many years, many contacts talk to us about the potential deal. It is normal that the more middle company/person are before us, the higher the commission will be. Thus, we do not recommend any deal with many middle company/person attached to.

 

On request, we find the target company to buy or sell.  

 

Do you want to enter Japan market? One of the easiest ways is to buy/merge a company in Japan. 

To make a real business in Japan, if you do a organic growth, you need to set up a legal entity, hire people (finding good people being very tough due to a labor shortage), gaining necessary permissions. 

Well, if you can buy all these at once, it shall reduce your burden and you can focus on your business growth as early as possible!

 

So...how to buy a Japanese company?

 

The most difficult part is to find an actual target company.

 

The seller/owner of a company does not really want to put the sales info online.  You may find some public information but we see almost all cases are over inflated.

To find a good/fair deal, you must go offline. You need to talk to a company/person widely connected offline.

 

There are many hotels/inns on sales as well as office buildings in Japan due to the covid 19 pandemic. But if you want to buy a great company in a great growing field, you usually do not find it.

 

The reason is simple: no one wants to sell a great company.

 

There are few exceptions for this. For example, when the owner is old and plans to retire, she/he may sell the good company. We met many company owners in Japan who are in 70s, 80s and 90s who want to find a right heir for their companies but could not.

 

There was one company which offered 1million USD for a new CEO candidate. There were two three candidates but in the end all of them were fired (left voluntarily "on paper").

 

The famous SOFT BANK group owner Mr. Son opened a "school" to select the next owner candidates. There were many young entrepreneurs in that school (One of the candidates was our close friend in fact). But Mr. Son did not pick anyone from that school. He picked one from outside.

 

Not easy to find a right heir. This way, some owners want to sell their companies. Then, they usually talk to their accountants, lawyers and close family/friend (other business owners who may buy the company) first. After this, they talk to M&A advisory or fund.

 

We have great connections with the accountants and lawyers, business owners and M&A advisories in Japan. This channel keeps us informed about potential target company in Japan.

 

In the corona pandemic, there are many businesses going bankrupt or civil rehabilitation proceedings in Japan.

 

One of the biggest fashion companies called RENOWN (already owned by a Chinese company) filed for bankruptcy, White Bear - a major travel agency and also Air Asia LCC was out of business in 2020.

 

It is usually our recommendation that you buy a company from bankruptcy or equivalent.  Why? It is because you can acquire a company at a very good price and the debt is normally reduced by 90%.

 

We have had some cases where the owners want to sell their company at 1JPY (less than 10 cent).

 

Of course, this is not for somebody who do not understand the business. There are reasons why these companies were not doing well and the owner needed to give up. 

 

How we help? If you want to buy, we find target companies to buy. If you want to sell, we find a company which may be interested in investing in your company. We work with our accountant and legal firms which can carry out due diligence.

 

We share some examples of the companies you can or could buy. In this section, we focus on hotels and ryokans (inn), hostels often with hot springs.

 

If you are interested, you can contact us any time.

 

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Keep in mind...

If you are a foreign company, please keep in mind that:

 

1) Naturally the deal will be more complicating where the mindsets, cultures, language, expectations, all need to be coordinated.

 

2) You will be charged more than normal domestic deal. Simply, the workload is more than domestic deal. And, the owner expects to earn more from a foreign company, otherwise the motivation could not be higher to go through all the trouble.

 

3) Many owners in Japan just do not want to sell to foreign company. Some are due to the above two points (which may mean simply a "trouble" for them). Some owners have a stigma about a foreign firm buying their companies even though your offer is higher than other Japanese company. No hurt feeling.  It is not unique for Japanese companies but also we saw in Europe and the US. So you may get a flat rejection from the target company with not much explanation, but do not get disappointed.

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How Do You Enter China Market FREE?

How Do You Enter China Market FREE?

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China market entry support

too big to ignore

How Do You Enter China Market FREE?

 

You have a great service online/offline, product? You feel that China market is too big to ignore? Your feeling is correct. It is the 2nd biggest economy just after the US (3rd being Japan). The total population is over 1.4 billion. The market is 10 times bigger than Japan.  The high income population is significant. Whatever amazing product/service you have, you have a chance to try.

 

Consult us!

 

We are the distributor for well known brands for China and several other countries. We also work with major importers, agencies distributors, investors in the market. In any market, it is our approach to work with local companies. 

 

Entered China market more than 10 years ago and still surviving. It is not too much to say that we are one of very very few Japanese companies which survived to this day in China.

 

You may say there are many Japanese companies (these big names) in China for many years.

Do you know they are making really money or just surviving thanks to the money supply from their headquarters in Japan? It is very often the latter case unfortunately. It is only possible because these major companies can afford it. If you look at the SMEs which entered China market 10-20 years ago, most of them are completely gone now.

 

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Our approach is we take risk with you for the new market entry. We do not charge you anything. In return, we shall have the exclusive distribution for the market.

It means when you earn, we earn!

 

We may set up a JV together to accelerate the market penetration.

 

How shall we start?

 

1) submit your proposal for us from the below form, tell us about your company, service and product, strength and weakness, price and anything useful for us to decide, may have a conf call.

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パンドラペーパーについて絶対に知っておくべきこと

パンドラペーパーについて絶対に知っておくべきこと

パンドラペーパー

今世紀最大規模?

2021年10月3日にパンドラペーパーが表面化しました。2016年4月3日にパナマペーパーが大きく取り上げられましたが、今回は、今世紀最大の規模となると思われます。

 

その規模は、1190万件の秘密情報といわれます。

 

パンドラペーパーの名前の由来は、ご想像の通り、パンドラの箱からきています。

パンドラペーパーについて知っておくべきこと

パンドラペーパーの出どころ、規模など

出所は?

パンドラペーパーの出どころは、法律事務所、資産管理アドバイザー、法人登記サービス企業など14の租税回避地のサービス提供会社です。

 

パンドラペーパーの規模は?

パンドラペーパーの規模は、2.94テラバイトであり、パナマペーパーの2.6テラバイト、パラダイスペーパーの1.4テラバイトをしのぎます。

 

このパンドラペーパファイルで最も多いのは、文書で、その次に画像、イーメール、表類で、更に、音声、ビデオを含みます。

 

ファイル数でいうと、実は、パラダイスペーパーが1340万件であり、パンドラの1190万件を超えます。

パンドラが何故、最大規模なのかというと、政治家、公的に重要な人物などその情報のカバーする範囲が、かつてないほどだからです。

 

パンドラペーパーには1000人以上の日本人も?

このファイルには、35の現行・元の国のトップが載っています。ヨルダンの国王、チェコの首相、英国の元首相トニーブレア氏がその例です。そして、91か国の330人の政治家及び公的な地位にある方々が掲載されています。

 

ロシア、アメリカ、日本を含む45か国からの合計130の億万長者(いわゆるビリオネア)が掲載されております。

 

ソフトバンクグループの孫氏や日本サッカー協会や東京オリンピック・パラリンピックで重要な地位にあった平田竹男氏といった有名政治家を含む、1000人以上の日本人も掲載されていると言われます。

 

また、皆さんもご存じの歌手のシャキラや女優クラウディア・シファー、そしてビートルズのリンゴ・スターも掲載されています。

 

例えば、リンゴ・スターは、400億円以上の資産を有するといわれます。LAの不動産を購入する為、租税回避地のバハマで2社を登記しました。また、パナマに少なくとも5つの基金を有し、生命保険が付帯されており、その受益者は、リンゴ・スターの子供たちとなっています。

 

パンドラペーパーに掲載された人間は全員犯罪者?

ここで大事なのは、パンドラぺーパーに掲載される全ての人物が税を逃れている考えるのは、間違いです。いわゆるタックスヘイブンに法人を登記しても、税についてしっかりと申告している場合も多々あります。

 

弊社はパナマの法人登記の橋渡しをしてきております。ソニーやパナソニックなど多くの大手日系企業がパナマに法人を有しております。アメリカ合衆国や、ラテンアメリカ市場参入の為にパナマは重要な拠点になっています。

 

誰がリークしたのか?

「誰がリークしたか?」ですが、これは極秘中の極秘だそうです。わかっていることは、ICIJという組織(国際調査報道ジャーナリスト連合)が、情報を入手した誰から購入したのではなく、無償で提供を受けているということです。

 

もし、あなたがこういった情報を持っていたら?

重要情報のリークの仕方もあります。詳細はICIJのこのページをご参照ください。メール、電話、Whatsapp, Telegram, Keybaseなども利用でき、PGSの暗号方法を利用しています。LINEは、利用していないようです。

パナマ法人登記、パナマ船籍登録など

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ドイツ、欧州で特許、商標、意匠を出願する

ドイツ、欧州で特許、商標、意匠を出願する

10年以上ベルリンの弁護士事務所のアジア窓口をつとめる弊社が、ドイツで特許、商標、意匠を出願支援サービスについて説明します。

 

また、後段では、ドイツに本格進出する場合のGmbHの設立方法、所要時間、清算の仕方など、ドイツ事業展開にかかわる法律のチェックポイントについて記述します。 

欧州での知的財産権取得

知的財産

 

欧州での事業展開を考える際、現地での知的財産権の取得はきわめて重要になります。

 

会社名やサービス名は商標で守ることになります。技術は特許です。市場として、ドイツやフランスだけでなく、欧州の多くの市場を狙っていきたいところです。

 

日本で取得した特許を欧州でも有効にしたい。その場合は、どうしたらいいのでしょうか?

弊社のドイツ法律事務所が全面的なサポートを行います。

 

特許はコストも時間もかかります。実用新案を考えるのもいいでしょう。

 

これまでの実績として、EU主要国に限らずイギリス、ノルウェーなどを含む欧州の殆どの国での知的財産の取得を行ってきております。

 

ご注意いただきたいのは、特許、商標、意匠は一度取得して終わりではなく、取得してから維持費用を年毎に支払う必要があります。

 

特許、商標などドイツでの訴訟対応も行ってきております。

 

御社が欧州に進出する際すでに同じ名前の会社があった、御社の商品のコピーを発見した場合にはどうすればよいでしょうか。例えば、進出計画に平行して必要な商標、特許をとっていく必要がございます。共同体商標及び国内商標は独立且つ同時的に存在します。即ち、企業様はEU加盟国のそれぞれにおいて各々商標を登録し、そして、同時に、その商標を全てのEU加盟国にて有効な共同体商標として登録することが出来ます。国内商標の有効性はそれと対応する共同体商標の有効性に影響しませんし、その逆も同様です。

 

例として、もし、ある企業が会社・製品ロゴを共同体商標及び国内商標両方として登録した場合、もし、ドイツ商標が取り消された場合でも、共同体商標によってドイツの商標保護の“隙間”は補完されます。同時に、もし、共同体商標が取り消された場合、ドイツにおける商標保護は依然継続します。その様な、重要な商標の保護を強化する為、二重の保護が事業活動の重要な分野において思慮され得るでしょう。

 

欧州での特許、商標、意匠の出願は、弊社まで。現地の経験豊富な弁護士と共に対応致します。

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ドイツ事業展開に係る法律チェックポイントは?

今回は、弊社が日本の窓口を担当するドイツ弁護士事務所と共に、ドイツへの事業展開における法律事項について概括いたします。

会社を設立する

会社法

ドイツ法令には、異なる設立必要条件及び責任の様々な企業形態がございます。

 

海外投資家は、自身の企図する事業運営に従って、企業形態を慎重に決定することが必要です。最も多い場合として、海外投資家は、代理事務所、支社又は有限会社(GmbH)の形態をとります。GmbHについては、有限責任により、出資者のリスクが制限されるほか、日本で言う株式会社のような、信頼性もあります。

 

さてGmbHをどのように設立するのでしょうか?所要時間など以下説明します。

GmbH

設立までのスピード:3-4ヶ月(銀行の口座開設、当局とのやり取りがスムーズであれば、さらに早く行えます)

 

最低資本金:25000ユーロです。(但し、いつくかの条件を満たしますと、当該資本金は登記に際し全額支払う必要はございません。事業開始から段階的に会社の売上を積み立てていくことが可能)

 

簡単なステップ

1.設立登記に必要な書類を準備し、日本で公証手続き

2.ドイツでドイツの公証人に定款を公証手続き

3.GmbHの代表取締役がドイツで銀行口座開設

4.裁判所へ届出(後、公示)

5.現地市役所へ届出、労働局、税務署、保険申請など、その他諸手続き(以下、事業登録を参照)

 

となります。 

 

<<詳細はこちらをご覧ください。>>

事業登録

事業運営の開始の前に、企業は管轄の事業担当局(Gewerbeamt)にて事業登録を完了し、そして、事業資格(Gewerbeschein)を取得しなくてはなりません。税制の為、企業は又管轄の税務担当局(Finanzamt)に彼らの事業運営について告知し、そして、税番号(tax number)を取得することが必要とされます。前記を遵守しないことは課徴金(通常は約1000ユーロ)が課されます。銀行、保険、ヘルスケア等の様な一定の事業につきましては、特別な資格及び政府の許可が必要になり、そして、海外からの投資は制限の対象になり得ます。

債権・代金回収

企業活動をする上で、債権回収はもっとも重要なことではないでしょうか?

 

下で記述しますが、ドイツでも多くの企業が倒産しています。

 

これは、海外の債権者には大きな脅威です。

 

弊経験によりますと、ドイツ破産手続きを知らないことで多くの海外の債権者、特にヨーロッパ以外からの債権者は、破産財産を要求する分配手続きに適時及び適切に参加できなかった場合を見てきました。

 

常日頃から、「もし取引先が倒産した場合」を想定し、慎重に準備・用意された契約(例:所有権留置の使用)及び早期の債権回収作業により、取引開始以前から破産リスクを想定し、低減する必要があります。

ドイツで会社をたたむ

解散・清算

どこの国も同様ですが、設立される会社があれば、経済状況の変化など様々な理由で解散する会社も多々あります。毎年、数万のドイツ企業が破産申請を申し立ております。

 

解散

ドイツでは、基本的に、会社が支払い能力ありとみなされれば(つまり、債務がなければ)、自主的に会社を解散することができます。例えば、運営が不可能になった場合、一人で会社を運営し、退職する場合などが当てはまります。

必要以上の時間と費用をかけないため、踏むべきステップがあります。例えば、株主総会により、75%以上の株主の合意や、全ての資産が売却され、債務が履行することが必要です。

 

清算

解散より、時間も費用もかかる方法ですが、解散ができない場合に必要なステップです。

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ドイツで事業をするにあたり関わってくる法令

GDPR

2016年からGDPRという話題が欧州で出始めました。

 

これはGeneral Data Protection Regulationの略称であり、「EU一般データ保護規制」と訳されます。

これはEUの全ての個人の情報の保護及びプライバシーの保護に関するEUの法令となります。これにより、市民とEU居住者が個人データのコントロールを取り戻すことを目的とします。

 

この法令は2018年5月25日に発効します。

 

巨大なデータベースに顧客情報を有する航空会社から、ポイントカードを導入した町のピザ屋さんまで、個人情報を扱うEU内外の事業主に適用されます。つまり日本にある企業でも、EUにいる個人情報を有していれば、適用されます。

外資規制

一般的には、ドイツにおける海外投資には制約又は行政コントロールはありません(例外については、下の「事業登録」を参照)。法律の下では、海外投資家、外資系企業は、ドイツ人投資家、国内企業と同じように取り扱われます。但し、ドイツ、ひいては、欧州全土にて、事業運営を効率的且つ合法的に遂行する為には、外国投資家、外国企業は第一歩であるドイツ法に基づく一定の規則に注意をすべきでしょう。最も重要だと思われますものは以下です。

反トラスト規制

ドイツ連邦カルテル局(Bundeskartellamt)は独占的地位の成立を監視しています。対象当事者の個別又は合せた売り上げが競争制限禁止法(GWB)に規定される枠を超える場合、合併及び吸収はドイツ連邦カルテル局への申請の対象となります。ヨーロッパ全体では、欧州委員会が執行する欧州連合競争法があります。

EU規則

ドイツは、EU加盟国として、数多くのEU規則及び指令が直接的又は間接的に時折ドイツ法に影響を与えることもございます。反トラスト、労働、製品表示、知的財産権等の分野のこれらの規則又は指令は外国投資に関連します。

ドイツからEU市場へ進出

今回は、ドイツ進出にかかわる法令について概括してみました。

 

日本企業といえば、デュッセルドルフが有名でした。今でも日系企業のドイツ法人といえば、デュッセルドルフが多いのではないでしょうか?長年、デュッセルドルフの政府は、日本企業(最近では中国、韓国も)への許認可関係の優遇措置をとっており、これが同都市に日本企業の多い大きな理由の一つとなっています。

 

但し、最近は、それ以外の都市への進出案件が増えております。

 

メーカーさんは、工場のある地方に法人を登記されることもあります。何もないような地方都市への案件もございました。ドイツは、地方都市でも、きれいな町並みがあり、環境が整っているので、住みやすいです。

 

また後述しますが、スタートアップならベルリンがお勧めです。

 

デュッセルドルフは日本のお祭りや日本人コミュニティーも大きく、日本食も豊富で住み麻酔ところですが、それ以外の都市においても、日本人の経営するおしゃれなヘアサロンが北ドイツハンブルクにあり、おしゃれなラーメン屋さんやお寿司屋さんは、ベルリンでも見かけるようなっております。 

 

英国のEU離脱の動きから将来の不透明さを高めていたEUでしたが、先日のフランス大統領選挙における当選結果を受け、欧州はEUの先行きにまつわる混乱期を抜け出し、英国抜きのEUのありかたと、成長戦略を固めつつあるように思われます。欧州通貨危機の中では、ヨーロッパ進出をお考えの日系企業や外資系企業から回復はいつかと問われたこともありましたが、通貨危機と離脱リスクによる混乱期は終結に向かっていると考えられます。

 

ヨーロッパは、近年では旧共産圏であった東欧の発展が目覚しく、その安定した経済基盤、技術基盤、法制基盤は、アメリカに引けをたらない世界でもまれに見る巨大経済圏を形成しております。

 

ヨーロッパというと、日常目に付く有名ブランドが多いフランス、イタリア、イギリスを思い浮かべる方もいらっしゃると思いますが、欧州における最大の経済大国であるドイツは常に経済の中心であります。EU諸国で、ドイツの印象を聞いても、EUの経済基盤をなす国であることは間違い印象です。

 

最近では、(特にオンライン系の)世界中のスタートアップがベルリンに拠点を構え、ヨーロッパ一の起業家拠点となりました。欧州におけるシリコンバレーのようなところになりつつあり、多彩な人材があつまり始めております。もし、スタートアップであれば、ベルリンが一押しです。

 

中国においても、東南アジアにおいてもヨーロッパブランド(特にドイツ)の強さは健在であり、これらの市場にて欧州企業さらに成長をし続けております。ここ数年で、中国企業によるドイツ企業の買収も増えました。

 

このように、世界をリードする技術大国、消費大国であり、欧州全土への堅固な物流網を有するドイツに進出し、そこを拠点として欧州市場を統括する企業は多いのです。

 

ドイツ、ヨーロッパ進出支援なら弊社にご相談を。

 

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Where Can You Make Original Design Print Kimono?

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Best way to find a good Kimono seller in Japan
Best way to find a good Kimono seller in Japan

How are you doing? After the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more people stay at home (in many countries, must stay or be fined). 

So...many people are trying hard to find fun at home. Some (a lot!) of them play online games with friends or so.

 

Some go into crafting something at home. 

 

In general people get bored easily. The fun should not only be too easy to try but also have deep levels if for enthusiasts.

 

In this sense, one small but hot trend is that some people try to wear kimono. It is a traditional Japanese clothes consisting of many parts. It involves quite good amount of techniques. It is a new concept for many outside of Japan.

It is not super easy to try but you can learn well from some youtube video.

Or, you can simply wear haori jacket on your western clothes. 

 

It has quite deep levels to study and enjoy. There are many types of kimono and items attached to them. Each has usually meanings from a Japanese tradition.

 

You can buy kimono from the online shops all around the world. There are so many kinds! We put a tip how to find good kimono online below this article.

 

If you love to draw and love arts/fashion, you may want to create your own design on kimono or haori jacket.

 

If you ask a traditional kimono dealer to make your own design kimono, the cost shall be more than 2000-10,000USD or even more. Of course, it involves many craft people and takes quite a bit of time which makes the price reasonable but to the common people like us, simply not affordable!

 

Some people buy vintage or second hand kimono but do not find it so clean. Second hand kimono can be very affordable but sometimes with a lot of spots or mysterious dirt. Many may not care but some also care a lot esp. when it comes to Juban Kimono underwear. Traditional ones are made of silk and you can not even wash..

 

There is the solution!!

 

Under this circumstance, this shop SALZ TOKYO creates your original design kimono and haori etc. at an affordable price - 700-1500USD depending on project. 

 

The owner is a kimono expert based in Japan who has been featured on Japanese media from time to time as the revolutionary kimono artist. 

 

Her shop can make a custom size new polyester normal- extra large size Juban underwear so you can wear the new one and even can wash it with a laundry machine.

 

You can follow these steps to create your own kimono with this shop.

 

1. you contact this shop detailing your body size, if you have illustrator data, or some drawing (on paper to be scanned), what type of kimono you want (kimono dress furisode, haori jacket etc?).

 

2. the shop can suggest the size of kimono / haori and quotation of the item, possible delivery time.

 

3. production starts after the payment

 

One amazing thing with this shop is they can custom make extra large kimono, juban underwear, haori jacket, hakama, zori sandal etc. Such as XXXL, XXXXL or bigger (there are limitations of course, so please contact the shop asap!). For these sizes of kimono, probably no shop in Japan or all over the world can deal with.

 

The other amazing thing with this shop is that you can simply give the drawing on paper or so, then, the shop can make the digital illustration (if you only wants the data, it also possible for 600-800USD) which you can simply use to make your own item like T shirts or bag or anything by yourself. This is quite useful that you only want a digital data and you want to print all in your country to make anything you want!

Water melon Yukata! you find a very new and unique Kimono  Source: Salz kimono
Water melon Yukata! you find a very new and unique Kimono Source: Salz Tokyo
Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono
Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono
Holographic obi belt - a Kimono revolution Source: salz kimono
Holographic obi belt - a Kimono revolution Source: salz kimono

Want to start simply buying kimono?

 

Here is also a tip how to buy kimono online. 

 

People frequently ask us what the best way to buy Kimono online from Japan. Any scam cases? Here is our recommendation.

 

We receive many inquiries about our Japan travel information. At the same time many also asked us where they can get Kimono from Japan. Like any online shop in this world, there seem several scam cases where no product arrived and the customer got a very different item from what they ordered. 

 

In Japan there is a saying " the cheap person loses more ": meaning that if one trying to get really cheap item, the person even loses more to get a item with no value or even with more trouble attached.

 

The best and safest way to source your Kimono and Yukata from Japan is...be in Japan visiting all the Kimono shops around the country like in Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo. You need to feel the products and see the details. Today we do not often see people in Kimono but in the old time everybody wore Kimono in Japan, which means Japan is the big Kimono source of the world. If you look into the closet of many Japanese family, there are two or three set of Kimono( Furisode, Uchikake, Houmongi, Tomesode, Hakama, Yukata etc.) sleeping.

 

If you buy the second hand Kimono, it is almost always that Kimono are not washed even at once. Kimono is made of fragile textile like silk and needs to be kept in a special care so that the vintage value does not go away. Many vintage Kimono have survived over 10-50 years carrying the stories of each owner. The "story" means sometimes just some spots! The most the former owner loves the item, the more probably the Kimono went through a lot before reaching your hand.

Wow, such a nice kimono from Japan Source: salz kimono
Wow, such a nice kimono from Japan Source: salz kimono
Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino
Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino

What to look when buying Kimono online?

Old Miyako Odori brochure  Source: Miyako Odori official website
Old Miyako Odori brochure Source: Miyako Odori official website

Haori jacket. It sometimes has a great artwork "inside". Not to show is also one sense of beauty/fashion in Kimono  Source: salz kimono 

Japanese Haori Jacket for men Source: salz kimono
Japanese Haori Jacket for men Source: salz kimono

There are always good side and bad side for things, right? Travelling to Japan is not cheap. And, many shop staff do not speak English to explain what the items are. Also, some shop staff are very good at talk and some experienced buying what they did not need really... 

 

In this sense, online shop is where you can take your time and decide with your free will.

 

There are several online Kimono shops with credit. If you follow some basic rules, you can find great Kimono online from Japan.

 

Stick to the basic of shopping:

 

1. Always read the description

 

As we mentioned above, there are almost always "stories" on each Kimono. If you buy online, when you get the item in your hand, you always have the risk of finding something you did not find when ordering on PC/smartphone screen. Some shops deliberately not disclose it even. 

Trust worthy online Kimono shops have the detailed descriptions about the item as to if any spot, dirt, damage, sunburn, hole. Gorgeous Kimono or rare design Kimono sell very fast thus it is sometimes a matter of time if you can get it and you want to decide quick and pay quick. Some online shoppers buy without reading the description. In other words, if you find no description, just do not buy it.

 

2. Always read reviews (on common shopping platforms!)

 

As the shop does not exist in your area, you can not go around and hear what their customers say about the shop. (sometimes the shop does not even exist!) Word of mouth is so important. If shop review available, always read the reviews first. Usually even when the official shop website has no review, if you go to a common shopping platform such as Amazon, eBay or Etsy, there are always reviews to check. How great and authentic the shop may look to you and if no review, just do not buy it.

Careful when the reviews are in the official websites. Within the official website, it is totally up to the shop owner which reviews to show and hide, or even put the positive review as the owner themselves write (!). We really do not trust the reviews in the official websites.

This way, (we are sure that you may also all agree that) the reviews on the common shopping platforms (e.g. Amazon, eBay, Etsy) are relatively trust-worthy.

 

3. If not sure, always ask

 

If you have anything uncertain, do not forget to ask the seller. With this, you learn what type of person the seller is, how quick and well organized the response is, how well the seller is familiar with Kimono. If there is no response, it is a sign the shop is not well maintained or non-exist. Even though you could buy an item from such a shop, you may have possible problems later.

 

In the end, most vintage Kimono is a "used" Kimono. If you are sensitive with any kind of stain or so, we recommend you to buy a new one.

 

In next section, we share with you several most common issues you may come across when buying from Japanese Kimono online shops. And in the last section, we introduce where best and safest to buy Kimono online from Japan.

Furisode Source: Wikipedia
Furisode Source: Wikipedia
Looking for Hakama? Not so easy to find a trust worthy Kimono shop
Looking for Hakama? Not so easy to find a trust worthy Kimono shop

Common issues for online Kimono shop

We view that many of Kimono shops in Japan are honestly trying hard to give you the best value for the best of Kimono culture, and that mistakes can happen when dealing with heavy load. But, as the best partner of our reader, there are issues we need to inform you when buying from an online Kimono shop from Japan. Therefore, you have minimum risk (hopefully!).

 

Here are the common issues when you buy from online shops in Japan.

 

1. Insufficient information/dishonesty  

Some massive vintage online Kimono shops deal with so many items. Thus the description tends to be insufficient.

And unfortunately we have experienced sometimes dishonesty with some online Kimono shops. It is not always but it does happen (happened to us) that the shops only put photos of the nice parts of Kimono and hide the part full of spots or dirt. When we received the items, we were so disappointed to find out the Kimono was full of spots and just un-wearable.  There is little point arguing about this for a long time with the shop when it is so far away and not ready to communicate in English.

 

Sad to say but dishonesty is not strange for business in Japan. You go to supermarket or restaurant etc. in Japan and see the price tag or price on the menu. You are most likely to see the price with big fonts which is only without the 8% tax. The price incl. the 8 % is usually written so small so that you do not notice it. At the cashier, you pay the price with 8%, you would feel strange that the price got more expensive than you thought. Almost all does that because "others do and not illegal". Common experience for foreigners in Japan.  

  

2. Custom

You ordered and paid, your item does not come to your hand. It is another common issue. When an online Kimono shop not familiar with overseas shipment, Kimono is more likely to be stopped at the custom. In such case, you often need to travel to the custom office (which is usually located at an inconvenient address deliberately) and fill in the form, explain and pay the additional import tax.

 

Because it is up to the whim of officer at custom office, this issue could happen to overseas-business-experienced shop too but the probability is simply too high for inexperienced shop. This is why some shops in Japan do not ship to overseas.

 

You make sure the shop is experienced with the overseas shipping. You can tell this from the reviews (of the common shopping platforms like Amazon, eBay, Etsy, not the official shop's own (read the above section)!)

 

3. Non delivery 

There are shops which do not ship simply (but take money from you!). It is just a scam. Yes, Japan is a trademark for credibility. Yet, you can not always expect that you have no problem because you buy from online shops in Japan. There are many kind of people in Japan (there are many shops these days selling Kimono it is not because they are passionate about Kimono but just want to make money. Nothing wrong with that as long as treating customer with care and honesty but there are also people who abuse this chance to steal money from you) today and because of the power of online, you can not see in person the face of the shop owner.

 

Signs of fraud shop:

1. first and for all, when the review says so(!) Note: the "review" here means not the review inside of official shop which is easily editable by the shop( webshop owner) but go for the reviews on the common shopping platforms (Amazon, eBay, Etsy...).

2. when the price is too cheap or too expensive

 

Well, for instance, you found two suspicious online shops, one is selling really cheap and the other selling super expensive? Our recommendation is just to skip them. But if you insist, of course, go for the cheap one. Even if in both case you lose money, you lose not as much as the other option. 

 

4. Lack of communication

It is common that Japanese online shop do not communicate in English. Even if it does, English level sometimes is not high enough to explain in details or clearly. 

 

Now worried too much? Well, do not worry. We will introduce some great online Kimono shop with minimum concern of these issues in the below section.

Best online Kimono shop from Japan

Miyako odori  Source: Wikipedia
Miyako odori Source: Wikipedia

The Best and safest shop to buy Kimono is Salz Tokyo. Their shop sells vintage and original Kimono online. 

 

This shop seems to offer the INTERNATIONAL FREE SHIPPING. And right now they offer 20% OFF sales (for the celebration of Reiwa era in Japan)! You better be hurry to order as much as you can! 

 

It is simple that we work with the people who run the shop. 

 

Among numerous shopping service/forwarding service vendors, Kaeru Parcels has achieved one of the highest credibility. Countless customers have thanked us for the speed and care for details (we, the Kaeru team, even must thank the warehouse managers and customer service staff in the Kaeru office for this!).

 

We work closely with the team of Salz Tokyo fashion brand and we know that they work hard searching for the high quality Kimono around Japan and checking their items with the highest care and being honest with the quality of items to their customers. Salz Tokyo puts all information about spot, colour, damage etc. So that you know what you get. The shop is very experienced with overseas shipping. In addition to our word, you can see their trust level from the reviews of their Etsy shop (one of the biggest common shopping platforms). 

  

Salz Tokyo is a small business trying hard everyday to spread Kimono culture to the world. Kaeru team supports these type of small businesses internationally.

Who would have thought Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" kimono possible!?
Who would have thought Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" kimono possible!? Source: salz kimono
Pigeon kimono!! you find a very new and unique Kimono  Source: Salz Tokyo
Pigeon kimono!! you find a very new and unique Kimono Source: Salz Tokyo
Cute ducks, all hand painted!! Source: salz kimono
Cute ducks, all hand painted!! Source: salz kimono

More articles for you to enjoy:  

Have you heard of "Shark islands" and want to know how to get there, please click here!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

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Where Can You make Extra Large Size Original Kimono?

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Best way to find a good Kimono seller in Japan
Best way to find a good Kimono seller in Japan

People frequently ask us "Where Can You make Extra Large Size Original Kimono?".

 

If you search online, you may find L size kimono but when it comes to even just XL size kimono, you start having trouble.

 

Every day people asking us where I can get a extra large size kimono such as XXL, XXXL.

 

In this universe, anything is possible so we do not say it is impossible to find XXXL real kimono online. But there is a way.

 

You can create your own kimono of any size from this shop. English customer service available.

 

You can share your original design in ai file or even just a sketch and your design will be printed on the kimono. 

 

The cost of custom made Kimono depends on the difficulty of design size but usually starting from 1500USD per piece. It is definitely worth it.

Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono
Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono

Here is also a tip how to buy kimono online. 

 

People frequently ask us what the best way to buy Kimono online from Japan. Any scam cases? Here is our recommendation.

 

We receive many inquiries about our Japan travel information. At the same time many also asked us where they can get Kimono from Japan. Like any online shop in this world, there seem several scam cases where no product arrived and the customer got a very different item from what they ordered. 

 

In Japan there is a saying " the cheap person loses more ": meaning that if one trying to get really cheap item, the person even loses more to get a item with no value or even with more trouble attached.

 

The best and safest way to source your Kimono and Yukata from Japan is...be in Japan visiting all the Kimono shops around the country like in Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo. You need to feel the products and see the details. Today we do not often see people in Kimono but in the old time everybody wore Kimono in Japan, which means Japan is the big Kimono source of the world. If you look into the closet of many Japanese family, there are two or three set of Kimono( Furisode, Uchikake, Houmongi, Tomesode, Hakama, Yukata etc.) sleeping.

 

If you buy the second hand Kimono, it is almost always that Kimono are not washed even at once. Kimono is made of fragile textile like silk and needs to be kept in a special care so that the vintage value does not go away. Many vintage Kimono have survived over 10-50 years carrying the stories of each owner. The "story" means sometimes just some spots! The most the former owner loves the item, the more probably the Kimono went through a lot before reaching your hand.

Wow, such a nice kimono from Japan Source: salz kimono
Wow, such a nice kimono from Japan Source: salz kimono
Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino
Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino

What to look when buying Kimono online?

Old Miyako Odori brochure  Source: Miyako Odori official website
Old Miyako Odori brochure Source: Miyako Odori official website

Haori jacket. It sometimes has a great artwork "inside". Not to show is also one sense of beauty/fashion in Kimono  Source: salz kimono 

Japanese Haori Jacket for men Source: salz kimono
Japanese Haori Jacket for men Source: salz kimono

There are always good side and bad side for things, right? Travelling to Japan is not cheap. And, many shop staff do not speak English to explain what the items are. Also, some shop staff are very good at talk and some experienced buying what they did not need really... 

 

In this sense, online shop is where you can take your time and decide with your free will.

 

There are several online Kimono shops with credit. If you follow some basic rules, you can find great Kimono online from Japan.

 

Stick to the basic of shopping:

 

1. Always read the description

 

As we mentioned above, there are almost always "stories" on each Kimono. If you buy online, when you get the item in your hand, you always have the risk of finding something you did not find when ordering on PC/smartphone screen. Some shops deliberately not disclose it even. 

Trust worthy online Kimono shops have the detailed descriptions about the item as to if any spot, dirt, damage, sunburn, hole. Gorgeous Kimono or rare design Kimono sell very fast thus it is sometimes a matter of time if you can get it and you want to decide quick and pay quick. Some online shoppers buy without reading the description. In other words, if you find no description, just do not buy it.

 

2. Always read reviews (on common shopping platforms!)

 

As the shop does not exist in your area, you can not go around and hear what their customers say about the shop. (sometimes the shop does not even exist!) Word of mouth is so important. If shop review available, always read the reviews first. Usually even when the official shop website has no review, if you go to a common shopping platform such as Amazon, eBay or Etsy, there are always reviews to check. How great and authentic the shop may look to you and if no review, just do not buy it.

Careful when the reviews are in the official websites. Within the official website, it is totally up to the shop owner which reviews to show and hide, or even put the positive review as the owner themselves write (!). We really do not trust the reviews in the official websites.

This way, (we are sure that you may also all agree that) the reviews on the common shopping platforms (e.g. Amazon, eBay, Etsy) are relatively trust-worthy.

 

3. If not sure, always ask

 

If you have anything uncertain, do not forget to ask the seller. With this, you learn what type of person the seller is, how quick and well organized the response is, how well the seller is familiar with Kimono. If there is no response, it is a sign the shop is not well maintained or non-exist. Even though you could buy an item from such a shop, you may have possible problems later.

 

In the end, most vintage Kimono is a "used" Kimono. If you are sensitive with any kind of stain or so, we recommend you to buy a new one.

 

In next section, we share with you several most common issues you may come across when buying from Japanese Kimono online shops. And in the last section, we introduce where best and safest to buy Kimono online from Japan.

Furisode Source: Wikipedia
Furisode Source: Wikipedia
Looking for Hakama? Not so easy to find a trust worthy Kimono shop
Looking for Hakama? Not so easy to find a trust worthy Kimono shop
Holographic obi belt - a Kimono revolution Source: salz kimono
Holographic obi belt - a Kimono revolution Source: salz kimono

Common issues for online Kimono shop

We view that many of Kimono shops in Japan are honestly trying hard to give you the best value for the best of Kimono culture, and that mistakes can happen when dealing with heavy load. But, as the best partner of our reader, there are issues we need to inform you when buying from an online Kimono shop from Japan. Therefore, you have minimum risk (hopefully!).

 

Here are the common issues when you buy from online shops in Japan.

 

1. Insufficient information/dishonesty  

Some massive vintage online Kimono shops deal with so many items. Thus the description tends to be insufficient.

And unfortunately we have experienced sometimes dishonesty with some online Kimono shops. It is not always but it does happen (happened to us) that the shops only put photos of the nice parts of Kimono and hide the part full of spots or dirt. When we received the items, we were so disappointed to find out the Kimono was full of spots and just un-wearable.  There is little point arguing about this for a long time with the shop when it is so far away and not ready to communicate in English.

 

Sad to say but dishonesty is not strange for business in Japan. You go to supermarket or restaurant etc. in Japan and see the price tag or price on the menu. You are most likely to see the price with big fonts which is only without the 8% tax. The price incl. the 8 % is usually written so small so that you do not notice it. At the cashier, you pay the price with 8%, you would feel strange that the price got more expensive than you thought. Almost all does that because "others do and not illegal". Common experience for foreigners in Japan.  

  

2. Custom

You ordered and paid, your item does not come to your hand. It is another common issue. When an online Kimono shop not familiar with overseas shipment, Kimono is more likely to be stopped at the custom. In such case, you often need to travel to the custom office (which is usually located at an inconvenient address deliberately) and fill in the form, explain and pay the additional import tax.

 

Because it is up to the whim of officer at custom office, this issue could happen to overseas-business-experienced shop too but the probability is simply too high for inexperienced shop. This is why some shops in Japan do not ship to overseas.

 

You make sure the shop is experienced with the overseas shipping. You can tell this from the reviews (of the common shopping platforms like Amazon, eBay, Etsy, not the official shop's own (read the above section)!)

 

3. Non delivery 

There are shops which do not ship simply (but take money from you!). It is just a scam. Yes, Japan is a trademark for credibility. Yet, you can not always expect that you have no problem because you buy from online shops in Japan. There are many kind of people in Japan (there are many shops these days selling Kimono it is not because they are passionate about Kimono but just want to make money. Nothing wrong with that as long as treating customer with care and honesty but there are also people who abuse this chance to steal money from you) today and because of the power of online, you can not see in person the face of the shop owner.

 

Signs of fraud shop:

1. first and for all, when the review says so(!) Note: the "review" here means not the review inside of official shop which is easily editable by the shop( webshop owner) but go for the reviews on the common shopping platforms (Amazon, eBay, Etsy...).

2. when the price is too cheap or too expensive

 

Well, for instance, you found two suspicious online shops, one is selling really cheap and the other selling super expensive? Our recommendation is just to skip them. But if you insist, of course, go for the cheap one. Even if in both case you lose money, you lose not as much as the other option. 

 

4. Lack of communication

It is common that Japanese online shop do not communicate in English. Even if it does, English level sometimes is not high enough to explain in details or clearly. 

 

Now worried too much? Well, do not worry. We will introduce some great online Kimono shop with minimum concern of these issues in the below section.

Best online Kimono shop from Japan

Miyako odori  Source: Wikipedia
Miyako odori Source: Wikipedia

The Best and safest shop to buy Kimono is Salz Tokyo. Their shop sells vintage and original Kimono online. 

 

This shop seems to offer the INTERNATIONAL FREE SHIPPING. And right now they offer 20% OFF sales (for the celebration of Reiwa era in Japan)! You better be hurry to order as much as you can! 

 

It is simple that we work with the people who run the shop. 

 

Among numerous shopping service/forwarding service vendors, Kaeru Parcels has achieved one of the highest credibility. Countless customers have thanked us for the speed and care for details (we, the Kaeru team, even must thank the warehouse managers and customer service staff in the Kaeru office for this!).

 

We work closely with the team of Salz Tokyo fashion brand and we know that they work hard searching for the high quality Kimono around Japan and checking their items with the highest care and being honest with the quality of items to their customers. Salz Tokyo puts all information about spot, colour, damage etc. So that you know what you get. The shop is very experienced with overseas shipping. In addition to our word, you can see their trust level from the reviews of their Etsy shop (one of the biggest common shopping platforms). 

  

Salz Tokyo is a small business trying hard everyday to spread Kimono culture to the world. Kaeru team supports these type of small businesses internationally.

Who would have thought Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" kimono possible!?
Who would have thought Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" kimono possible!? Source: salz kimono
Pigeon kimono!! you find a very new and unique Kimono  Source: Salz Tokyo
Pigeon kimono!! you find a very new and unique Kimono Source: Salz Tokyo
Water melon Yukata! you find a very new and unique Kimono  Source: Salz kimono
Water melon Yukata! you find a very new and unique Kimono Source: Salz Tokyo
Cute ducks, all hand painted!! Source: salz kimono
Cute ducks, all hand painted!! Source: salz kimono

More articles for you to enjoy:  

Have you heard of "Shark islands" and want to know how to get there, please click here!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: Wikipedia

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Buy Japanese Company - Hotel in Japan - M&A Target Info from Japan

Buy Japanese Company - Hotel in Japan - M&A Target Info from Japan

Many companies on sale right now in Japan

We support M&A in many countries. 

 

On request, we find the target company to buy or sell.  

 

Do you want to enter Japan market? One of the easiest ways is to buy a company in Japan. 

 

In the corona pandemic, three are many businesses going bankrupt or civil rehabilitation proceedings in Japan.

 

One of the biggest fashion companies called RENOWN (already owned by a Chinese company) filed for bankruptcy, White Bear - a major travel agency and also Air Asia LCC was out of business in 2020.

 

It is usually our recommendation that you buy a company from bankruptcy or equivalent.  Why? It is because you can acquire a company at a very good price and the debt is normally reduced by 90%.

 

We have had some cases where the owners want to sell their company at 1JPY (less than 10 cent).

 

Of course, this is not for somebody who do not understand the business. There are reasons why these companies were not doing well and the owner needed to give up. 

 

How we help? If you want to buy, we find target companies to buy. If you want to sell, we find a company which may be interested in investing in your company. We work with our accountant and legal firms which can carry out due diligence.

 

We share some examples of the companies you can or could buy. In this section, we focus on hotels and ryokans (inn), hostels often with hot springs.

 

If you are interested, you can contact us any time.

 

Please note that all of these hotels are not necessarily for sales. Some hotels found already new owners.

 

Here are the list of hotel/Japanese inn companies which went out of business in 2020 in Japan:

Japanese inn/hotel/ryokan for sales (sold out)

  • KOSCOINN in Aichi, owned 17 hotels in Ibaragi, Kagoshima etc.
  • Hokkai Kanko in Mie operating Hotel Hokkai
  • Aomori Kokusai hotel in Aomori, 67 room hotel in Aomori. 1.6bil JPY debt.
  • Mizuho hotel & resorts management in Tokyo.
  • River Side Hotel Sansui in Oita
  • Chikujokan in Fukuoka. Started as Japanese inn in 1909. 280mil JPY debt.
  • Saku Ichimanri Onsen Hotel Golden Century est. in 1967. 2nd biggest hotel in Saku city, Nagano.
  • Kazuno Park Hotel in Kazuno city, Akita. Azuno Planning announced to buy the hotel. 500mil JPY debt.
  • Kyoto Central Inn, 138 room hotel in the centre of Kyoto city. 300 mil JPY sales in 2017. 180mil JPY debt.
  • Inter City hotel Hakusan in Hakusan city, Ishikawa. BBH hotel group bought it and renamed it to Hotel Hakusan Hills.
  • Ryokan Ryoshi no Sato, 9 room Japanese inn in Kumamoto.
  • Royal Oak Resort hotel in Shiga 3.1bil JPY sales in 2014. No sponser.
  • Takada Castle Hotel, 23 rooms, Joetsu city, Niigata.
  • Kunugi Daira hotel in Nihonmatsu city, Fukushima, 70 room hotel.
  • Angelique Heian in Kumamoto.
  • WBF hotels & resorts in Osaka 4.7bil JPY sales in 2019. Hoshino resorts announced to own this company.
  • Fast Cabin and its subsidiaries in hostel style inns in major cities in Japan
  • Inariyama Onsen Hotel Kyosenkaku in Nagano.
  • Hagi Ground Hotel Tenku, Hagi city, Yamaguchi. The biggest hotel in Hagi city.
  • Travel Sirius in Okayama.
  • Kimuraya, old Japanese inn est. 1688.
  • Hoshitaru Kanko, in Mie.
  • Tomiya ryokan, Hyogo pref. 38 rooms.
  • Hotel Kitafukuro, Hokkaido. 91 rooms. est. 1985.
  • Fujiya hotel, Ibaragi, est. 1962.

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