Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/05

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: Japan Market Entry (off-topic); was Funny Glass?
From: =?ISO-2022-JP?B?GyRCNydDK0NORzcbKEo=?= <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 21:31:32 +0900

They might have considered that it's simply easier for them to get into Japanese market via
big companies' existing distribution&service networks, and that it's less troublesome than just 
do it by themselves due to those weird ...oops... unique business customs of Japan... :-P

BTW : 	Is SiberHegnar Japan a Leica's "partner" of the kind y'all are talking about? 
Is it a German?

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From:  Paul C. Brodek []
Sent:  Friday, June 05, 1998 18:44
Subject:  [Leica] Re: Japan Market Entry (off-topic); was Funny Glass?


I guess there could be exceptions in some industries, but AFAIK there
is currently no law or bureaucratic "guidance" requiring foreign
corporations entering Japan to take a Japanese partner.  I didn't have
to do it, and none of the people I know who've entered the market here
over the past 9 years have had to.

I think there is a requirement, while incorporation documents are
being processed, to have at least 3 corporate directors resident in
Japan, but even for small start-ups this isn't much of a hurdle.
Usually your lawyers assume the role until the incorporation is final,
at which point they step down and transfer their shares to whomever
the company specifies.

In Ford and Kodak's case, they probably made their market entry early
in this century, when such a law might have been in effect.