Launch of New Site Japan Rail Tickets

Something we’ve noticed from running our site Tokyo Cheapo is that there’s not enough info out there about how to do rail in Japan. The reason so many people have been coming to our site to research and to get information is simply because the Japan rail system is so difficult to understand. To give you an idea of the complexity, in Japan there is not one national rail company - there are 6! »

New Project: Eventr – One Stop Listing Site for Japan Events

Once a week, I work for a Japanese start-up called EventRegist. EventRegist is an event ticketing platform – kind of in the same space as sites like EventBrite and Peatix. When I’m there I work on localising the English versions of the EventRegist apps and I sometimes do front-end interaction prototyping and testing. Recently, I’ve been working on a new project – Eventr.jp. In case you haven’t figured it out from the web 2. »

LinkedIn Finally Releases a Japanese Version

On Monday this week, an email was sent to LinkedIn users located in Japan announcing the launch of the Japanese version of the business networking site. Coming more than eight years after the launch, this has to be one of the slowest localisations of a popular site ever. Digital Garage (the company behind the successful localisation and launch of Twitter in Japan) originally planned to help produce a Japanese version in 2007, although that never came to fruition. »

New site for ANS Solves K.K.

It was our pleasure recently to work with Amit Thakur and the team at ANS Solves on upgrading their corporate website. This bilingual web site follows the design theme established in the production of other promotional materials such as a new company brochure and press-folder and reflects the growth and professionalism of the company. ANS Solves is a software technology company that was established at roughly the same time as fusionbureau. »

Failed businesses in Japan: a study of how different companies have failed, and tips on how to succeed, in the Japanese market

With the Japanese government’s push to encourage foreign firms to set up in Japan, along with the enormous success of foreign companies from Goldman Sachs in financial services to LVMH in luxury brands, through to vacuum cleaner maker Dyson, it has become somewhat unfashionable to talk about their not so successful counterparts. However, the travails of the best and brightest of Western capitalism: Vodafone, Carrefour, Burger King, Pret a Manger, Boots, eBay and their many, many less illustrious cousins, indicates that there are some lessons that aren’t being learned. »