Me On YouTube on Reviving Entrepreneurship in Japan
FCCJ Panel Discussion June 24 (JST)
YouTube has a video of the June 24 panel discussion about how to nurture more high-growth startups in Japan sponsored by the Foreign Correspondents Club Of Japan. https://www.fccj.or.jp/news-and-multimedia/deep-dive-series-start-companies-japan-and-asia-boom-time-june-24-2022
My talk leads off and the Q&A begins around minute 53:40.
The topics in my talk include:
· High-growth entrepreneurs are a lot broader than high-tech ventures funded by Venture Capital
· Innovation is a lot broader than whizbang high-tech areas like Artificial Intelligence or quantum computing
· Why Japan has a dearth of entrepreneurial enterprises (hint: it’s not culture, it’s more about issues like funding, staffing, access to customers, etc.)
· There are positive trends reducing the barriers to entrepreneurship, but they need to be nurtured
· Kishida punted; like Shinzo Abe before him, he’s great at outlining lofty goals, but poor at providing, or even stating, the measures needed to achieve them
· Offering some concrete examples of practical steps that Kishida could take via tax incentives, regulations, and other measures in funding, staffing, R&D, digitization, gaining customers, and getting managerial mentorship. Kishida would not allow the committee on startups to recommend any specifics until long after the July Upper House election.
I've not looked at that side of things.
Does Japan have an indie media production sector like the UK? Does NHK commission radio programmes from outside companies. Are podcasts popular in Japan and is anyone making money from them (Im guessing the answer is no?).