The Bank of Japan

The central bank of Japan. Provides information about monetary policy, statistics, latest monetary news, and more.

Small and Medium Enterprise Agency

Provides general information, government policy, and network information about small and medium enterprises in Japan.

U.S. Commercial Service Japan

The U.S. Commercial Service offers customized solutions for you to make international sales and increase your business in the Japanese market. Last year, the Commercial Service worldwide helped over 9,000 U.S. businesses, most of them small and medium-sized companies, to make international sales worth over $34 billion! On this site you can find:
– webcasts
– business partner search function
– trade event info
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Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)

The Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) was established in July 1981 to deepen mutual understanding between Japan and other countries through activities aimed at promoting economic and technological exchanges.

With this goal in mind, JEF engages in a broad range of activities; it provides information about Japan and arranges opportunities to exchange ideas among opinion leaders from many countries in such fields as industry, government administration, academia … [ Read more ]

Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI)

JOI aims to promote foreign direct investment from our country and expand international economic exchanges. Find research reports, seminars, publications, statistics and links.

Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association Corporate Executive)

KEIZAI DOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that was formed in 1946 by 83 far-sighted business leaders united by a common desire to contribute to the reconstruction of the Japanese economy. In the more than 50 years since then, KEIZAI DOYUKAI has solidified its leadership role in improving the Japanese economic community and in seeking solutions to numerous domestic … [ Read more ]

Tokyo Stock Exchange

Home of the TSE. Provides news, investor information, and more detailed information about investments.

Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)

Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) is a comprehensive economic organization born in May 2002 by amalgamation of Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations) and Nikkeiren (Japan Federation of Employers’ Associations). Its membership of 1,662 is comprised of 1,351 companies, 130 industrial associations, and 47 regional economic organizations (as of June 20,2006).

The mission of Nippon Keidanren is to accelerate growth of Japan’s and world economy … [ Read more ]


Established in 1958 by the Japanese government as a special public institution to implement trade policy, JETRO spent its first two decades essentially promoting exports to help build up the Japanese economy. Later, as Japan’s trade surplus grew to unprecedented levels, JETRO concentrated on helping foreign companies enter the Japanese market. In 1998, the organization substantially upgraded its research ability by merging with the Institute … [ Read more ]

The Art and Practice of Japanese Management

“Japan’s extraordinary postwar industrial success was defined by lean production, consensus and continuous improvement. But lately it has been the country’s perceived weak points, such as lifetime employment and over-regulation, that have come to the forefront of the debate on Japanese management. But new ideas are emerging with the younger, more flexible generation of Japanese managers, which means there will still be plenty for the … [ Read more ]

Process improvement by poka-yoke

Shigeo Shingo is credited with creating the concept of zero defects and the techniques of poka-yoke (Japanese for mistake-proofing). The approach seeks to remove the causes of defects, or, where this is impossible, to inspect each item simply and inexpensively to determine that it passes the quality threshold – with no defects.

Japan’s Lost Decade: Lessons for America

Very interesting article looks at the decade-long economic woes of Japan, how they might have been avoided or mitigated and lessons for the U.S.

Center on Japanese Economy and Business

This research center based at Columbia Business School doesn’t offer a pretty site, but its publications are noteworthy.

Inside the Bank of Japan

Although focused on a time-sensitive issue, this article offers some insight into some serious and important issues regarding the role of a central bank in peculiar economic circumstances. Some of the proposed solutions are very thought-provoking. Also an interesting profile of Masaru Hayami, governor of the Bank of Japan and some of the history of the current troubles with Japan’s economy.

Net Shopping: Why Japan Won’t Take the Plunge

Article looks at how poor utilization of credit cards and the arcane infrastructure in place to support them are hurting online sales in Japan.

Japan’s Net Builders

Web entrepreneurs are out to win on a global scale–and bring profound change to Japan’s business culture.

Business Model Innovation; The Key to Success in the Knowledge Era

This essay talks about need for business model innovation to stay competitve, gives a few examples, sites some references of value and offers three broad ways to benchark your thinking to others who have innovated successfully

Editor’s Note: I include this article because it makes brief mention of the Japanese Hoshin system of focusing breakthroughs on two pieces of the business while incrementally improving all … [ Read more ]