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Business Success Japan

63 EpisodesProduced by Lydia BeukelmanWebsite

This podcast is made for those who want to develop or strengthen the communication skills, cultural savvy, insights into current trends and conditions, and mindsets essential in a Japanese business environment. The helpful, practical suggestions and engaging insights offered here provide listeners w… read more

63 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Navigating Your Ikigai in Japan with Jennifer Shinkai

May 8th, 2022


Jennifer Shinkai is a British born, Oxford educated, Tokyo based Ikigai and Inclusion facilitator and coach. She is also the host of the Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai podcast, the founder of the free online community for …

On Podcasting, Entrepreneurship, and Making a Life in Japan with Jayne Nakata

April 11th, 2022


Jayne Nakata is the creator of PodLauch with Jayne, a company that helps podcasters around the world to launch and run their own show. She is also the award winning host of the #1 podcast for international women living …

On Japanese Management, Servant Leadership, and Rice Paper Ceilings with Rochelle Kopp

March 13th, 2022


Rochelle Kopp is the founder and managing principal of Japan Intercultural Consulting, an international training and consulting firm focused on …

Establishing a Portfolio Career in Entertainment and the Travel Industry with Chiara Terzuolo

February 14th, 2022


In today’s episode of the Business Success Podcast, I chat with Chiara Terzuolo. Chiara is a polyglot, musician, narrator, writer, editor, and actor …

On Building the Business, Lifestyle, and Body You Want in Japan with Menya Hinga

January 9th, 2022


Menya Hinga is an American who immigrated to Japan over a decade ago. He now works as a health and performance coach to high-performers who are struggling to manage stress and weight gain, learn to eat better, move more …

An Update: The Podcast in 2022

December 19th, 2021


I've finally made it to Japan!  To continue bringing consistently high-quality content to my listeners, however, I've decided to transition to a …

Catching Up as a Late Bloomer and Scaling Your Business in Japan with Tyson Batino

December 12th, 2021


Tyson Batino is a native of Hawaii who came to Japan as an English teacher, worked in human resources, and ultimately founded three companies in …

On Professional Success and Establishing Boundaries in Japan with Rosa Aldridge

November 28th, 2021


Rosa Aldridge is an American who has had her entire professional career in Japan, and she is passionate about creating sustainable culture practices …

Tackling Law, Entrepreneurship, and a Purposeful Life in Japan with Catherine O'Connell

November 15th, 2021


Catherine O’Connell is a bilingual, in house legal counsel-experienced lawyer operating a boutique law firm in Tokyo. She is a lawyerpreneur who …

Japan's Six Megatrends and Why They Matter with Richard Katz

November 1st, 2021


Today's guest Richard Katz has worked for decades as a journalist working on the Japanese economy, and he has written two books on Japan: "The System That Soured" and "Japanese Phoenix." He is now working on a third, …

Mastering Powerpoints, Communication, and Yourself in Japan with Colin Savage

October 18th, 2021


In today's episode, I'm chatting with Colin Savage. Colin is a globally-minded, locally-focused leader with over 20 years' experience with Japan, …

Exploring and Thriving in the Changing World of Startups in Japan with Fuminori Gunji

October 4th, 2021


In today's episode, I'm chatting with Fuminori Gunji, CEO of TokyoMate. Fuminori Gunji was a founding team member of Softbank Robotics from 2013 to 2016, leading Softbank's domestic B2B businesses and overseas expansion …

Why You Need a Global Mindset to Succeed in Japan with Rie Eichmann

September 20th, 2021


In today's episode, I'm chatting with Rie Eichmann, a global skills and mindset coach, intercultural trainer and consultant who is passionate about …

Finding Success in Japanese Universities, Startups, and Beyond with Austin Zeng

September 6th, 2021


In today's episode, I’m sharing a conversation with Austin Zeng, a native of Singapore who first came to Japan on the MEXT scholarship, and is now …

Learning the Dance of Effective Cross-Cultural Communication in Japan with Kevin Crowell

August 23rd, 2021


In today's episode, I’m sharing a conversation with Kevin Crowell. He is president of Asia Business Group, a company that he started nearly thirty …

Evolving Trends in Japanese Subsidiary Companies and the Lasting Power of Monozukuri with Francis Pacheco

August 9th, 2021


In today's episode, I get to share a conversation with Francis Pacheco, a native of the Philippines. His work with the agency GMI POST has involved …

Entrepreneurship and Content Creation as a Digital Nomad in Japan with Cindy Bissig

July 26th, 2021


In today's episode, I chat with Cindy Bissig of Obsessed with Japan and the new YouTube channel, Let’s Travel and Eat. Cindy is an experienced content creator who has more than 15 years of experience in hospitality. The …

Building Lasting Relationships Amidst the Covid-19 Digital Transformation in Japan with Will Jasprizza

July 12th, 2021


In today's episode, I’m chatting with Will Jasprizza, the managing director of Japan at the international business development consultancy, …

Gained in Translation: Interpreting Design in Japan and Beyond with David Tonge

June 28th, 2021


In today’s episode, I’m chatting with David Tonge, a designer and owner of the London-based design studio The Division, who has worked extensively in …

The Power of Self-Reflection, Storytelling, and Finding Authentic Balance in Japan with Tim Sullivan

June 14th, 2021


In today's episode, I share a conversation with Tim Sullivan. He is a bilingual cross-cultural educator who connects people through storytelling by …

How to Make it Big in Japan: Navigating Culture, Burnout, and Entrepreneurship with Misha Yurchenko

May 31st, 2021


In today’s episode, I chat with Misha Yurchenko, founder of the global coaching startup platform, Carrus. He was previously based in Tokyo where he worked for several years as a recruiter helping tech companies like …

Surviving the Salaryman Lifestyle in Japan with Michael Howard Thuresson

May 17th, 2021


In today's episode, I chat with Michael Howard Thuresson, a former Japan-based consumer electronics product manager who is currently working as a U.S.-based marketing manager for Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. He is …

Obstacles, Trends, and Ideas for Addressing the Japanese Talent Shortage with Alan Acosta

May 3rd, 2021


In today's episode, I chat with Alan Acosta of Workshift Solutions, Japan's largest platform of registered overseas freelancers. Workshift Solutions …

Communicating Your Value in the Japanese Job Market with Sam Thornton

April 19th, 2021


In today's episode, I chat with Sam Thornton: a self-described bridge to Japan for startups and enterprise software vendors. He works to fuel growth in Japan for software companies by working to help employers acquire …

Covid-19's Influence on Travel and Finding Your Place Professionally in Japan with Maya Matsuoka

April 5th, 2021


In today's episode, I chat with Maya Matsuoka, who is the assistant director at the Japan Association of Travel Agencies, or JATA. Maya is a …

Setting Yourself Up to Thrive in Japan with Katheryn Gronauer

March 22nd, 2021


In today's episode, I get to share a conversation I had with Katheryn Gronauer, founder of the company Thrive Tokyo. Katheryn is a professional trainer, coach, and content writer who helps high-level professionals …

On Refugees, Diversity, and Revitalization: Making Room for Growth in a Shrinking Country with Seira Yun

March 8th, 2021


In today’s episode, I chat with Seira Yun. Seira is the founder and CEO of Discover Deep Japan, and a social entrepreneur with years of experience leading teams across countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He …

Preventing Cross-Cultural Miscommunication and Leadership as Parenting with Chie Schuller

February 22nd, 2021


In today's conversation, I speak with Chie Schuller of THK Manufacturing of America, where she is a leader in international relations and …

Finding Your Niche, Succeeding Socially, and Navigating Bureaucracy in Japan with Richard Mort

February 8th, 2021


In today's episode, I talk with Richard Mort, an international communication specialist who has decades of immersion in Japanese language and …

Why You Should Found Your Startup in Kobe with Masanori Nagamine

January 25th, 2021


Today, I chat with Masanori Nagamine, a Japanese municipal official working to attract global startups, accelerators, incubators, and Venture Capitalists in IT and Life Science to the city of Kobe. Tokyo had better …

Diversity, Inclusion, and Cross-Cultural Leadership in Japan with Takahiro Shikano

January 11th, 2021


Today, I talk with Takahiro Shikano, a global marketing strategist and partner solutions leader specializing in launching and growing sales of …

Navigating Gender, Race, and Culture in the Japanese Workplace with Jessica Kennett Cork

December 21st, 2020


In today's episode, I share a conversation with Jessica Kennett Cork, Vice President of Community Engagement and Communications at YKK Corporation of America. In this week’s episode of the podcast, Jessica Kennett Cork …

Successfully Navigating Your Tech Career and Avoiding Burnout in Japan with Paul Roberts

December 7th, 2020


Today, I chat with IT recruiter and consultant Paul Roberts, a Tokyo-based IT recruiter with over twenty years of experience in the industry. He …

Opportunities for Disruption and Collaboration in Japan and Germany with Johannes Budkiewitz

November 23rd, 2020


In today's conversation, NIHHON founder Johannes Budkiewitz shares his insights into a wide range of topics, including how the Japanese education system offers opportunities for disruption alongside the rise of …

On Being an Effective Communicator in Japan with Anthony Griffin

November 9th, 2020


In today's episode, I chat with Anthony Griffin of Saga Consulting about his experiences helping Japanese professionals gain the skills needed to be …

Pursuing Mastery of the Japanese Language with Graeme Lawrence

October 26th, 2020


In today's episode, I chat with Graeme Lawrence, an award-winning Japanese specialist with years of experience in translation and interpretation. He shares his own experiences working in Japan and using Japanese …

Meetings in Japan: Honne, Tatemae, and Nemawashi… Oh My! with Ken Okamoto

October 12th, 2020


In this week's interview, I chat with Ken Okamoto of Ken One World Consulting. We chat about the importance of a healthy work-life balance, why that …

Understanding the Japanese Marketplace with Natalie Meyer

September 28th, 2020


In today's conversation, I chat with Natalie Meyer of Tokyoesque, a localization and market research company. In the episode, Natalie shares her insights into some unique aspects of the Japanese marketplace, as well as …

Discovering Ma: Finding Success in Japan by Learning to Pay Attention with Byron Barón

September 14th, 2020


In this week's episode, I chat with Byron Barón of Contactojapon about the importance of a concept called "ma" to effective communication in Japan. …

Cultivating Creativity in Japan: Succeeding by Being Radically Yourself with Angel Guevara

August 24th, 2020


In today's episode, Angel Guevara shares his observations on the interplay between self-confidence, individuality, and creativity in the Japanese …

Tourism and Covid-19: Effects and Opportunities in Japan with Bonson Lam

August 10th, 2020


In today's episode, I chat with Bonson Lam about his research into the effects of the current Covid-19 situation on tourism, as well as the possible …

Managing Professional Relationships and Gaijin-Cards in Japan with Mac Salman

July 26th, 2020


In today's episode, I chat with Mac Salman, founder of the Japan-based travel company Maction Planet. He shares his experiences moving to and falling in love with the country, as well as his practical insights into how …

Anil Raj on Entrepreneurship and Mentorship in Japan

July 13th, 2020


In today's episode, I interview Anil Raj, a serial entrepreneur in Japan. He shares his experiences, advice for successfully navigating …

Anne Hooghart on High- and Low-Context Cultures

June 29th, 2020


In today's episode, Anne Hooghart walks us through the differences between high- and low-context cultures, as well as the common misunderstandings …

Sébastien on Omotenashi and Special Diets in Japan

June 15th, 2020


In today's episode, I chat with Sébastien about his experiences in Japan. As the community manager of Japan Travel, Sébastien is passionate about helping others through making Japan more accessible even to those with …

Getting Around Japan II: Buses

June 8th, 2020


In today's episode, I go into more detail about taking buses in Japan. Although the system is a bit more complicated than subways and trains, buses are still a very convenient way to get around in Japan. And for people …

Faye-Sensei on Culture Shock and the Power of Open-Mindedness

June 1st, 2020


Today I chat with Faye Valtadoros, a  Japanese teacher in Michigan who lived in Japan and taught English there through the JET Program. She shares her experiences, what she's learned, and what she teaches her students …

Getting Around in Japan I

May 25th, 2020


In today's episode, I talk about some basics information that'll be useful for navigating the transportation system in Japan. Honestly, it can be …

Identity and Relationships: Kimi Sugiyama Shares Her Experiences Working in Japan

May 18th, 2020


Today I chat with Kimi Sugiyama, a travel consultant with a focus on and love for Japan. She shares her experiences navigating business relationships …

Winning at Karaoke

May 11th, 2020


In today's episode, I teach you how to make the most out of a karaoke event in Japan. As karaoke is a common destination after an afterword nomikai, or "drinking meeting," it's another great opportunity to further …

Groupism and Nommunication: Minae-san on Building Strong Business Relationships in Japan

May 4th, 2020


In this interview, Minae-san explains the concept of Groupism in Japanese culture, as well as the importance of Nommunication in a Japanese business …

Making the Most of a Nomikai

April 27th, 2020


In today's episode, I walk you through what to expect at a Japanese "nomikai" or "drinking-meeting." What should you expect when you're invited to go …

Kasia on Hourensou: Improving Communication in Japan With... Spinach?

April 20th, 2020


In this episode, Kasia explains the unique approach Japanese companies have toward communication called "hourensou." While the most common definition you'll find for the word is probably "spinach," in business, it takes …

Shopping in Japan

March 16th, 2020


While in Japan, you will more likely than not have to go shopping at some point. And if you're lucky enough to have some spare time, you may decide to pick up some souvenirs for yourself, your coworkers, or loved ones …

Dining in Japanese Restaurants

March 10th, 2020


While you're in Japan, you'll hopefully get the chance to dine out at least a few times. But if you want to do so stress-free, you'll need to be …

Surviving Japan: Bathrooms and Safety

March 2nd, 2020


In order to minimize stress and be more effective abroad, it's important to be prepared for the day-to-day situations you're likely to encounter there. Today, I'll share some more information on a few important topics …

Surviving Japan: Taxis and Money

February 25th, 2020


In order to minimize stress and be more effective abroad, it's important to be prepared for the day-to-day situations you're likely to encounter there. Today, I'll share some information on a few important topics for …

Japanese Body Language

February 18th, 2020


Today we'll go over some of the basics of nonverbal cues in Japan. While they're not unique to business situations, being more aware of this topic will help with all of your interactions in the country. Many of them are …

How to Behave in a Business Meeting

February 11th, 2020


In the previous episode, we looked at some of the more technical aspects of business meetings in Japan. Today, we will continue digging more into the …

Business Meeting Basics

February 6th, 2020


In today’s episode, we cover some of the basics of what you should expect at a meeting in Japan. While some of the etiquette is probably just common …

The Basics of Bowing

January 28th, 2020


Today we look at another essential part of making a good first impression in a Japanese business: bowing etiquette.

If you have ever been to Japan or watched anything from or about the country, you may have noticed just …

Exchanging Business Cards in Japan

January 21st, 2020


Today we’re going talk about something else central to making a great first impression: business cards, or めいし (me-i-shi) in Japanese. While exchanging business cards may be pretty simple in your country, that’s not the …

Japanese Self-Introduction

January 13th, 2020


We all know that making a good first impression is essential in business. So, if you want to make a positive one in Japan, what better way than to introduce yourself in Japanese? Today, we will look at how to introduce …

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