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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? - ---------- From: Paul C. Brodek [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Friday, June 05, 1998 18:44 To: email@example.com Subject: [Leica] Re: Japan Market Entry (off-topic); was Funny Glass? Marc, 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.