Japan: we want foreign investment (not)

Ross Hall

May 3, 2021
(Updated on June 17, 2021)

Over the past week I’ve tried to reach out to over a dozen Japanese companies and organisations claiming to support foreign investment. My strike rate for making contact is about 50 per cent.

Why so low? Contact forms. More than half of those I’ve used have failed to submit. A couple of times I’ve been told it’s because I’m not submitting full-width Katakana. Otherwise there’s a bland “Please correct your error” type message.

Seriously, Japan, if you want foreign investment make it easy for us.

I'm Ross Hall, a writer and researcher based in Kobe, Japan. You can talk to me about B2B, sustainability and strategic management.

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