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Highlights: September 2001 Issue

Industry Focus: Japan's Credit Card Industry

How will the decline in Japan's consumer economy affect the credit card providers?  Are credit cards set to compete with cash as a preferred payment method in Japan's consumer economy?  What does the rise of online commerce mean for credit card usage?  And what are the Japan strategies of some of the major and minor credit card players?  Our Industry Focus discusses some of the emerging trends in the credit card business in Japan, using both company documents and exclusive comments from companies like GE Capital, Mastercard Japan, and

Executing a "More Forceful" Approach: The Parker Hannifin Story

With worldwide revenues of nearly $6 billion but only two percent of it coming from Japan, industrial manufacturing giant Parker Hannifin has become "more forceful" in seeking out partners and opportunities in Japan.  Two years after its 1999 investment in Kuroda Precision Industries, Parker's Asia/Pacific president speaks about the partnership and the company's other plans for growing its industrial, power and control businesses in Japan.  This article is another read on how innovative global industrial manufacturers are staking a claim in Japan in industries as diverse as autos, mobile construction, and mobile telephony.

A Specialist Offers Advice: "Building Consensus at Meetings, and Making Expectations Realistic"

Our widely-published specialist this month focuses on business meetings, and how the differing expectations of Japanese and non-Japanese about objectives and outcomes often sow the seeds of even greater miscommunication afterwards.  Several different typical meeting situations are analyzed from the perspectives of both Japanese and non-Japanese, for essential learning that's useful for executives in any industry.

Japan Insight: Get the Scoop

The real story of Allstate's withdrawal from Japan; Which US private equity shops are active in Japan?; A recent former president of American Express Japan explains the career value to global executives of a Japan assignment; Etc.

From the Editors

What we've all been waiting for finally begins this fall...

Plus much more...

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