❖When he writes a book on a nation with a
popular cult of aestheticism which gives high
honor to actors and to artists and lavishes art
upon the cultivation of chrysanthemums, that
book does not ordinarily have to be
supplemented by another which is devoted to the
cult of the sword and the top prestige of the
✎ First chapter of “the chrysanthemum and the sword -
pattern of Japanese culture”, 1946
❖A lot of contradictions are described in
(Some criticize her work)
❖There are many good points in her book
even though she had never been to Japan.
❖I was born in Japan, got an education in
Japan and worked for a Japanese company.
❖However, I have had similar questions with
❖In this theme, “It’s Not a Mystery But…”,
I’d like to discuss various aspects of the
culture of Japanese organizations with case
❖I’m hoping that my contents to be posted
here will give you some hints for your better
experiences in interacting with Japanese
❖The following pages are a kind of trailer
about which I’m planning to write.
❖Each title and its abstract will be subject to
change. So, this slide will be updated as
“Histories of Digital Still Camera”
❖ The Digital Still Camera (DSC) market has been an extraordinary
competitive market which included two different industries,
camera and consumer electronics.
❖ DSC was the first full-fledged consumer digital product except
personal computers. So, it required close encounters of American
IT industry such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, etc.
❖ DSC market destroyed the film camera market, coincidentally,
Camera Phone is creeping into this market.
❖ In the early stage, Japanese manufacturers had over 90% of the
global share in DSC market, and they still have a major share in
❖ To review DSC market gives us a lot of suggestions to understand
Japanese organization cultures, I think. So, first of all, I’d like to
write about the history of DSC.
“Behind the Mystery”
❖ Most Japanese people are not religious.
❖ However, religions are still unconsciously influencing people’s
actions and way of thinking.
❖ What makes Japanese culture so different from the rest is its quit
unique “religious system(*)”. Japanese religion is highly syncretic
beyond completely different religions.
❖ Not only religions, the ideas from “Bushi-do”, “Sa-do(tea cult)”,
“Ka-do(flower arrangement)”, etc., are also blended.
❖ In this topic, I’d like to outline the above focused on the business
(*) This expression might be eccentric for people who are monotheistic religion. First of all,
basically, Japan is a polytheism nation like ancient Rome / Greek.
#3 “It’s not a labyrinth, but…”
~Decision Making Process~
❖ The decision making process of Japanese organizations,
especially, big companies, is one of the most interesting things.
There are big differences with American companies’.
❖ “Why does it take such a long long time?”
❖ “Who is the decision maker?”
❖ “What priority do they have?”
❖ “Why do we have to repeat the same argument?”
❖ “Why do they have a passive attitude?”
❖ In this topic, I’d like to discuss their decision making process
and how to deal with them.