Common features of International Firms in Japan
  • Relatively limited size in Japan (mostly less than 1000 employees)
  • Business activities include sales, distribution and logistics
  • While only few international firms have major production sites in Japan, some companies have warehouses and assembling facilities
  • Accounting Departments needs to provide accounts that respect Japanese accounting standards
  • Monthly, quarterly, yearly group reporting needs to be organized efficiently
  • Rather short history in Japan (many affiliates were created during the 80ies either shortly before or during the bubble)
  • Communication between Head-office and Japan affiliate not always easy due to various gaps (language, culture, organization, time-zone etc)
  • Japan IT needs to meet both global group standards and local requirements
  • Local Japan IT organization relatively gslimh