Center on Japanese Economy and Business

This research center based at Columbia Business School doesn’t offer a pretty site, but its publications are noteworthy.

Branding Asia

This site, edited by Dr. Paul Temporal, author of “Branding in Asia,” features much practical information for organizations operating in Asia-Pacific markets. Feature articles discuss extending brands to markets receptive to luxury brands from the West; the brand dilemmas encountered with mergers and acquisitions; and more. It’s an excellent resource topped off with a free monthly email newsletter.

The Business Times

This online news site claims to be South-east Asia’s leading business daily and was the first English-language newspaper in Asia to go on the World Wide Web. Though based in and focused on Singapore, it offers a good exposure to corporate, financial, economic and political news, analysis and commentary throughout Asia.

Asia Business Today

Sponsored by the CitiGroup Foundation, Asia Business Today features “online resources developed by the Asia Society for information on US/Asia economic and business relations, Asia’s role in the international economy, and the costs and benefits of economic ‘globalization.'” The site provide an impressive collection of reference materials on the nature of relations between the US and Asia on a host of subjects including Energy, Asia … [ Read more ]

Japan Internet Communications Service

JICS provides services to foreign-based companies entering and doing business in the Japanese market. This site also offers some useful information for free. Major site headings include: Market Research (info about the Japanese online market); Localization (multiple case studies focused on key issues regarding doing business and communicating with the Japanese); Advertising (offers overview of 7 different methods); Multimedia; and eBusiness (look for the … [ Read more ]

Global Window: A Business Resource on Japan

includes useful topics such as conducting business, understanding your counterpart, tips for travel, economy, people & culture, legal considerations, etc.

Japan Information Network

A thorough set of links on all aspects of Japan. Featured resources include:
– NIPPONIA, a quarterly magazine introducing contemporary Japanese culture and society to people all over the world
– Trends in Japan, short, engaging dispatches on the latest trends in Japanese business and economy; science and education; society; sports; and fashion, arts, and entertainment.
– Japan Access, concise introductions of … [ Read more ]