The Future of Japanese Cinema: Foolâ€™s Gold or Golden Age?
A current snapshot of the Japanese movie business is the picture of health. In recent years, local film production has surged back up to 1960s levels with over 400 titles released annually. Homegrown hits are doing increasingly better against Hollywood heavyweights. Artistic works are winning awards overseas. It all sounds very impressive, but a closer look at the data and films themselves unspools an intriguing narrative. What is happening in the Japanese film industry?
Working with Japan
Dealing with Changes in Management Style
By Patricia Pringle
Recruited from a Competitor During the Company Expansion
Joe McDonald is a vice president at a United States subsidiary of a large Japanese company. He has been with the company for three years. He was recruited from a major competitor, where he had worked for 15 years. His experience in the industry made him a valuable part of the executive team during the Japanese company's recent period of expansion in the US market. All of the other executives are Americans. They reported to Ito, the president, who was Japanese, with whom they had a good working relationship. Ito respected their knowledge and experience, let them run their divisions, and was willing to go to bat for them when decisions were made in Japan.
Products Of The Month
Beer with Body
When professional baseball teams win their league or national championship, joyful players are usually shown on TV after the game celebrating by pouring open bottles of beer over each other's heads. Bandai, taking a cue from this, recently released a bath soap called “Beer Kake Zenshin Shampoo” (Beer Squirting Full Body Shampoo).
2009 March contents
Contents of the month
When do you realize you are Japanese?