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No. 8: Mixing Business with Pleasure in Japan   On May 11, 2014, CJ and I began a nine-day tour through Japan. The plan called for meetings with Canon, Toshiba, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Sharp and KYOCERA. We landed in Tokyo and met with Canon and Toshiba on Tuesday, Konica Minolta on Wednesday and Ricoh on Thursday. We traveled to Nara on Thursday evening for a meeting with Sharp on Friday. Nee

CANON: Broad Strokes

We hit the ground running with a very pleasant dinner with Haruo Murase, Chairman of Canon Marketing Japan, Inc., and Sam Yoshida, now a Deputy Director for Canon in his homeland. It was a wonderful way to begin our trip and consistent with Murase’s thoughtfulness, he insisted that CJ choose the type of food we would have that evening. “Charlie,” as Murase likes to call him, smartly request

KONICA MINOLTA: Production Management

When we’re traveling in Tokyo, we like to stay at the centrally located Imperial Palace Hotel. It is close to Tokyo Station where you can get the Shinkansen (bullet trains) to Kyoto and Osaka — rail travel at its best. The hotel is also close to the Konica Minolta (KM) headquarters, which makes it easy to get to one of our company visits. Seeing Jun Haraguchi, Senior Executive Officer and Sen

RICOH: Covering All Bases

I coordinated our Ricoh visit with Hede Nonaka, Corporate Senior Vice President, Network Appliance Business Group. We were once again swept away by a company car that picked us up and brought us to Ricoh’s Ginza headquarters, a beautiful, impressive facility. Steve Burger, General Manager, International Business, Technology Innovation Center, Business Solutions Group, was also present for the du
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