Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Chalta Hai ab kyon nahin chalega

PM Manmohan Singh said that we need to have a global attitude to compete globally. The local "chalta hai" is not OK for India and Indians to survive in this increasingly global world he notes....

Burnpur (West Bengal): Giving a call to shrug off the "laidback approach", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said that the country has to move fast on the path of economic growth to catch up with its neighbours in East Asia.

"We have to give up our chalta hai (laidback) attitude to move very fast to catch up with our neighbours in east Asia," Singh said at the foundation-laying ceremony for the revival of the Indian Iron and Steel Company (IISCO).

Singh hinted this approach was responsible for some enterprising and ambitious Indians like Lakshmi Mittal moving out of the country to set up business empires abroad.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

PM Singh's visit to Japan

As the curtains come down on 2006, I would like to reflect on the best news thus far!

This month PM Singh visited Japan with a heavy economic agenda initiating a discussion on EPA. Importantly the EPA or Economic Partnership Agreement (aka the Freet Trade Agreement) will cover, besides trade in goods and services, issues concerning investment promotion and intellectual property rights. Noting that there had already been an increase in the level of involvement of Japanese companies in India, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) has been assisting a number of small and medium enterprises in locating themselves in India, and had now opened its second Indian office in Bangalore.

This means that there will be significantly increased investments by Japanese comapnies in India and that will throw open a lot of very interesting jobs for professionals in this sector. I certainly think that this has been the most significant development in this sector in ALL of 2006. Wishing all readers a very Happy New Year ahead.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Writing a Japanese CV

Here is an interesting link to writing a rirekisho or a Japanese CV


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

"No problem sir"

“No problem” syndrome

An Indian professional seeks to impress the Japanese counterpart with speed and efficiency. This is visible in the immediate response whereby the Indian says “Sure, sure …no problem”

The Japanese interpretation of this phrase is “How can the Indians say no problem without considering all aspects of the problem? If they commit so hastily without thinking would they be be able to deliver?”. What is needed in this situation is a response which goes like this “We think we can do it, however, please give us 1 (or 2) days to get back to you”. After the meeting, the Indian side has to remember all the committed deadlines and then get back to the Japanese counterpart with a “Yes, it can be done and will be done by XYZ date”

Monday, July 03, 2006


Japanese firms to up investment in India
Our Bureau / Kolkata June 12, 2006

India is likely to see a significant fillip in Japanese investment in the near future.According to an India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) special report titled "Proven Strategies: Japanese Companies in India", 71% of surveyed Japanese companies in India are planning to increase their investment including majors like Suzuki, Honda, and Toyota.The report was released today ahead of the World Economic Forum's East Asia Summit 2006 in Tokyo on June 15 and 16. The Japanese version of the report would be released in Tokyo on June 14 on the occasion of the India Japan Business Summit and would be presented to Toshihiro Nikai, minister of economic, trade and industry, government of Japan by Kamal Nath, minister of commerce and industry, government of India.The report revealed that a majority of the Japanese companies were planning to expand their production capacity, increase their product portfolio, target new consumer segments and increase marketshare in India.The study, which surveyed 25 successful Japanese organisations in India, highlights best practices adopted by Japanese companies to succeed in the Indian market. The report also includes profiles of 17 Japanese companies with businesses in India in diverse sectors."This report should serve as a strong proof point for Japanese companies looking at globally competitive investment destinations. The companies profiled here are a small sample of the 300-plus Japanese businesses that are thriving in India, today. I invite more Japanese companies to put their faith in the world's fastest-growing free market democracy," Nath said."There is an ideal match between the technology and finance of Japan and skilled and relatively inexpensive labour of India. This can be harnessed further to deliver quality products to the world at competitive costs," Ajay Khanna, CEO of IBEF, said.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Colorful proverbs capture a peculiar sensibility

An interesting article on Japanese proverbs:

Every language has a vast number of proverbs, mottos and saws, and native speakers often quote them to express a feeling or to prove a point. The fact is that you can "prove" almost anything with a colorful turn of phrase as practically every proverb has an equal and opposite proverb.

A person might well claim that "He who hesitates is lost," while another could refute this with "Look before you leap." This latter saying has a fine Japanese equivalent in ishibashi o tataite wataru (tap the stones of the bridge before you cross it).

In order to read more on how interesting Japanese proverbs could be, refer to this link:

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Language knows no age

I found this interesting article that covers link between Japanese language and brain

Punctuality - A mindset or a matter of convenience?

Punctuality and adhering to commitments on time, every time is not an accidental occurence. It is a carefully cultivated mindset that requires some effort initially. Why are many Indian professionals unable to internalise this?

Saturday, June 24, 2006


Why is it that even when there are so many highly paid jobs available to bilingual professionals IT industry's engineers seem to ignore the obvious?

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Welcome to a brave new world

Dear Cyberfriends,

This is a blog created exclusively for those who hold an interest in developing a long term career in the Japanese market. Whilst the initial focus is on IT and software, the effort is to keep the content as generic as possible. I would like to encourage all of you to post your questions here and will try to ensure that your questions get answered as quickly as possible.

I would like to bring to everyone's attention that all questions and answers in this forum are purely on a personal capacity and do not reflect the views of their respective organisations.

A brave new world awaits us all.