Author: Tomoko Matsuoka

Your Company Incorporation in Japan: The Essential Primer
Business, Essential Checklists December 31st, 2021

Your Company Incorporation in Japan: The Essential Primer

The key decisions to make pre-paperwork, common pitfalls to avoid, and a step-by-step checklist to guide you on your journey.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Discover Our 9 Must-Reads of 2021 
Business, Entrepreneurship, Life in Japan December 27th, 2021

Discover Our 9 Must-Reads of 2021 

These are the articles we shortlisted out of the 137 features we published in 2021.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
User Cases: Who Can, Who Can’t Use a Virtual Office Address in Japan?
Life in Japan, Entrepreneurship, Business December 1st, 2021

User Cases: Who Can, Who Can’t Use a Virtual Office Address in Japan?

Who can use a virtual office address in Japan? Who can’t? And regulatory concepts that often hinder virtual address use.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Lancers’ Report: The State of Freelancing in Japan in 2021
Business, Entrepreneurship, Life in Japan November 16th, 2021

Lancers’ Report: The State of Freelancing in Japan in 2021

Here’s what to know about current trends in freelancing and work styles in Japan, sourced from Lancers’ seventh annual fact-finding investigation. 
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
A Handy Guide to Internet Providers in Japan
Life in Japan November 8th, 2021

A Handy Guide to Internet Providers in Japan

Tired of slow-to-load streaming? Need reliable Wi-Fi for those hard-to-schedule calls back home? Here’s what to know about Internet providers in Japan. 
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Shipping Options for Sending Packages Home from Japan
Life in Japan November 4th, 2021

Shipping Options for Sending Packages Home from Japan

Finding the best way to ship something from Japan depends mostly on your budget and the type of goods you wish to send. This article covers the most popular and trusted options for sending items from Japan to your home country. 
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
3 Lessons from Teruo Kise: Former Chairman of TOTO
Business, Entrepreneurship October 18th, 2021

3 Lessons from Teruo Kise: Former Chairman of TOTO

TOTO’s former chairman on the philosophies and key strategies that helped create the cult-like devotion that TOTO’s toilets inspire today.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
What Is a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in Japan? And How to Prepare It
Business, Entrepreneurship October 11th, 2021

What Is a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in Japan? And How to Prepare It

If you don't have a Business Continuity Plan for your Japanese business yet, start here. 
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Notable Japanese on Obsessions, Failures, and First-hand Lessons
Life in Japan September 23rd, 2021

Notable Japanese on Obsessions, Failures, and First-hand Lessons

10 celebrated Japanese and their thoughts on where to focus your obsession, how to recover from failure, the power of first-hand lessons, and much more.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Showdown: Japan's Digital Agency versus Showa-Era IT 
Business, Life in Japan August 30th, 2021

Showdown: Japan's Digital Agency versus Showa-Era IT 

Digitization in Japan—1 piece of the story so far. Here’s what happened, what needs fixing, and what happens next.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer