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.

Born in the UK in the early 70s, I’ve enjoyed a diverse and eclectic career. I spent time in IBM, survived the dot.com bust, got myself well known in Insurance, and lived through more digital transformation projects than is healthy. In late ’20, in the middle of a pandemic, I upped sticks and moved to Kobe, Japan with my wife.

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