The big picture on Japan’s regional engines of economic opportunity
By Adario Strange
The rarified breed of time zone agnostic, globetrotting businessperson with thousands of frequent flier miles that include points earned at Japan’s major airports, usually considers himself well-versed in the country’s unique offerings—even after having traveled to just a couple of cities. But the truth is that Japan’s business landscape is incredibly diverse (at times, dauntingly so).
From the rough and tumble streets of Osaka, to the delicate precision of Nagoya, to the pragmatic hominess of Fukuoka, successfully doing business in Japan requires a well considered grasp of the nation’s big picture in terms of regional specialties and unique areas of focus. Presented here we offer an informational thumbnail sketch highlighting five of the nation’s hotbeds of economic activity.