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September 1, 2003

Empire, A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal and the Battle for an American Icon,
by Mitchell Pacelle, John Wiley & Sons Inc

Maurice Smith is a business journalist with 20 years' experience in newspapers and ­broadcasting. He is the author of Great Scots Families in Business.

Empire, A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal and the Battle for an American Icon,
by Mitchell Pacelle, John Wiley & Sons Inc

The Empire State Buliding has been at the centre of many an intrigue, business battle and worse during its 70-year history. Yet it remains an icon, the ultimate Manhattan skyscraper, attracting thousands of tourists each year.

June 1, 2002

The Gekkeikan Sake Company has been a family business for almost four centuries and is currently in the hands of the 14th generation. Good management style and a pioneering spirit have helped them rise to the top in sake production

Sonia Totten is the founding member of FBN Japan.  Suzy Bibko is Editor-in-Chief of Families in Business magazine.

The Gekkeikan Sake Company has been a family business for almost four centuries and is currently in the hands of the 14th generation. Good management style and a pioneering spirit have helped them rise to the top in sake production

June 1, 2002

Changing the perception of family business in Japan

Changing the perception of family business in Japan

This is an exciting moment in Japanese business history – the establishment of the FBN Japan pioneers the long-avoided acknowledgment and reassessment of businesses that are family controlled. And, as a result, it contributes in progressing an already large but weary family business sector. Prerequisites for such evolution, however, is for family businesses to rediscover their identity, to recognise their unique characteristics, and to learn more about managing them.

June 1, 2002

Kikkoman: Company, Clan and Community, by W Mark Fruin
Harvard University Press; ISBN 0-674-50340-6; US$35

Barbara Murray is the Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Kikkoman: Company, Clan and Community, by W Mark Fruin
Harvard University Press;

Kikkoman: Company, Clan and Community is a meticulously documented, highly extensive analysis of the history of a family business and its relationship to the community. It is also a very readable story about some people and personalities who owned and worked with the firm over its long history.

June 1, 2002

The ‘zaibatisu’ families were a powerful force in Japan’s economic activity, controlling the profits of all the major industries. Resentment from the public and left-wing politicians alike forced them out of existence – although some management sytems remain

Shigeaki Yasuoka is Honorary Professor (Faculty of Commerce) of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. He continues his research with a strong focus on Japanese business history.

The 'zaibatisu' families were a powerful force in Japan's economic activity, controlling the profits of all the major industries. Resentment from the public and left-wing politicians alike forced them out of existence – although some management sytems remain

June 1, 2002

As the 13th Grand Master of Enshu School, Sojitsu Kobori has inherited the 400-year old legacy of his forefathers in the business of the tea ceremony – a Japanese art form steeped in tradition. He is already preparing his son for the next 400 years...

Setsuko Sakakibara is the President of Albero Sacro Limited, a consulting company for high net worth individuals and their corporations. She has authored books on investment and financial education.

As the 13th Grand Master of Enshu School, Sojitsu Kobori has inherited the 400-year old legacy of his forefathers in the business of the tea ceremony – a Japanese art form steeped in tradition. He is already preparing his son for the next 400 years...

June 1, 2002

The presidents of Japan’s oldest traditional confectioner, Toraya, have not always agreed on the company’s direction – but their ancient philosophy of tradition, founded on the continuation of innovation, has sustained the evolution of the company

Sonia Totten is the founding member of FBN Japan.  Suzy Bibko is Editor-in-Chief of Families in Business magazine.

The presidents of Japan's oldest traditional confectioner, Toraya, have not always agreed on the company's direction – but their ancient philosophy of tradition, founded on the continuation of innovation, has sustained the evolution of the company

April 1, 2002

In anticipation of the forthcoming launch of a new FBN chapter in Japan, Sonia Totten leads a discussion between Yoshiharu Fukuhara, Honorary Chairman of Shiseido Corporation, and Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Professor of International Political Economy at IMD, about the current family business environment in Japan

In anticipation of the forthcoming launch of a new FBN chapter in Japan, Sonia Totten leads a discussion between Yoshiharu Fukuhara, Honorary Chairman of Shiseido Corporation, and Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Professor of International Political Economy at IMD, about the current family business environment in Japan

Sonia Totten (ST): To what extent is the current Japanese environment 'friendly'for new and emerging family businesses?

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