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Highlights: November 2004 Issue

Coleman Japan: Outdoor Recreation in Japan is More than Just Camping

Japanese may not be the world's most hard-core campers, but that doesn't mean they don't love outdoor recreation.  That's one of the lessons Coleman Japan has learned as it has worked to turn around its operation and focus more on selling non-camping goods directly to retailers, especially Japan's increasing number of home center stores.  Coleman Japan's president describes the company's turnaround and where it is focused now.

A Specialist Offers Advice: "Socially Responsible Investment Upsets Japanese Business"

Socially-responsible investing (SRI) remains a rarely-understood concept in Japan, but some Japanese companies are increasingly interested in being recognized for their contributions to society, and having SRI indexes (mostly foreign) incorporate Japanese criteria into their evaluation process.  Our specialist this month, whose firm counsels Japanese companies in this area, describes some of the major issues limiting the widespread acceptance of socially-responsible investment criteria among Japanese corporations.

Jeld-Wen Japan: Doors Open in Japanese Housing

It is hardly a household name, but privately-held Jeld-Wen is one of the world's largest manufacturers of doors and windows for housing, as well as one of the largest private companies in the US.  Now the company is moving from supplying only Western designs to Japan's builders, to the real meat of the market -- traditional Japanese styles.  As a result, it will be facing some major adjustments in design, materials, delivery, pricing and customer service.   Jeld-Wen's Japan chief discusses where the company is headed.

Japan Insight: Get the Scoop

Tyco Electronics Japan serves its customers globally; New rules herald increased M&A from China; Etc.

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