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"Africa is Japan Upside Down" said Sir Paul Collier at a talk I attended a while ago. Nonetheless he saw opportunities for Japan there. The recent TICAD conference in Nairobi has heralded a renewed interest in Africa from our clients, so we are delighted to announce the appointment of Justin Wolff as our South Africa Representative.

There's been plenty of analysis on why Japan, the UK and the USA have such low or declining productivity levels - even if employment is relatively healthy. I observed envy making levels of efficiency and work/life balance during my recent trips to the Netherlands, which may have show some cultural factors at work, as I observed in my article here.

Lessons in managing risk do not seem to have been learned twenty years’ on, with a seeming procession of Japanese Presidents bowing their heads in shame at unanticipated risks and covered up mistakes which escalate into full blown crises.

Spring came early in Europe this year, inspiring me to write an article for the Teikoku Databank News on what Spring means in Europe and Japan, spring cleaning and the origins of the Easter Bunny

We have decided to celebrate in 2016 - with a series of lunch seminars for clients - the 12th anniversary of the founding of Japan Intercultural Consulting Europe. The excuse is that we have completed the full cycle of the Japanese/Chinese years, back to the Year of the Monkey.

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