for Industrial Cooperation is a collaboration between the
European Commission and the Ministry of International Trade and
Industry of Japan.
Publications offers a useful book called Business
Otsukiai. Unfortunatley, the online version of the book is
no longer available but you may be able to order a copy of the paperback
by contacting HCI directly.
(Japan External Trade Organization) is a Japanese-government-funded
organization whose charter is to support foreign companies trying
to enter the Japanese market. The site offers useful information about
to Japan, standards
and regulations, as well as a collection of statistics
and survey results.
US Embassy's web site contains information about commercial
services available to American companies and individuals.
Management Association (AMA) in Japan offers a series of video
interviews with people who have been working on Japan-US business
web site of the
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan provides a series of
based on presentations of speakers at recent events. The site also
provides tips to living
in Japan as well as information about the various printed
publications available from the Chamber.
Net Interactive is the English-language web site of the large
economic news syndicate, Nikkei. The site contains Japanese business
news headlines and select links to Japanese and Asian companies. (Note:
paid subscription is required to view article content.)
Japan Times is Japan's leading English-language newspaper.
Inc. is a an English-language magazine that follows business
and technology trends in Japan.
Information on Japan
Japanese telecom giant NTT
used to be at the pinnacle of the Japanese Internet, but it has
been unseated by the tremendous explosion of the Internet in Japan
in recent years. Still
NTT offers a few useful resources on the web including a partial
Directory, some interesting tidbits about Japanese
culture, advice about customs
and holidays, useful information about living
in Japan, and some tips about doing
business in Japan.
Center for Global Communications at the International University
of Japan whose purpose is "to provide the world with quality
information from and about Japan" will be opening the new Japan
Academic Resource Center soon, although the site was not yet active
as of June '99. There is still lots of useful information on their
Page, which was the former incarnation of the same project.
The primary resource on this site is a
collection of scholarly essays on various topics in public policy,
communication, economics, international relations, political science,
sociology, anthropology and Japanese history. The site also contains
a set of guidelines regarding the restructuring of telecom-giant NTT
Information Technology and Communications Policy Forum of Japan.
Official Narita Airport page hosts a variety of useful information
about the airport including up-to-the minute listings of today's international
as well as schedule and fare information for public transportation
to and from the airport and information about services available at
the airport including cell
phone rental, baggage
storage and economical shipping services, etc.
Airport is located far outside of metropolitan Tokyo. While the
Official Narita Airport page offers information about public transportation
etc.), another option that has been popular among some of our clients
is a private Limousine
Hire service available by reservation
from the same service that offers limousine
buses to major hotels.
offers a handy English
online timetable, course and fare search facilitity. Some
of the major train stations are complex 3D mazes. JR
East (formerly the national railroad corporation) offers printable
maps of major
teminuses such as Tokyo
Information Network, now known as inJapan,
contains classifieds, forums, plus web hosting and Internet-based
is an online version of a printed English magazine on Japan.
is an English-language magazine geared toward an audience of Western
expats living in the Tokyo area. Their web site used to include full-text
of provocative articles from their magazine as well as listings of
Boxes Etc.) offer virtual office services in Tokyo. These
services are suitable for companies just setting up a presence in
Japan or small operations. All of these vendors offer their services
at sites worldwide.