Jandals in Japan

Jayne Nakata & Catherine O'Connell

The best show about New Zealanders doing business in Japan, bringing The Land of the Long White Cloud to The Land of the Rising Sun How do you build a brand in Japan and nurture a loyal customer base? What do you need to have in your tool belt if you are thinking of coming to Japan to launch a business here? Japan is often considered to be in the "too hard" basket but we are here to open up the black box of doing business in Japan. We will share stories from successful Kiwis selling their products and services here in Japan. They'll tell you their tips for success and pitfalls to avoid. They'll share their challenges and what they did to overcome them. They will tell you things you can't find in textbooks or on the internet. We will also be sharing the latest intel and insights on Japan from our on-the-ground presence And you'll hear some super business culture and other tips from us sprinkled throughout. Grab a glass of sake and let's get into it. read less
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Peeling back the layers of the fresh produce market in Japan with Jessica Tisch
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Peeling back the layers of the fresh produce market in Japan with Jessica Tisch
Jessica Tish, Japan Country Manager for Freshco, joins us to share the lay of the land in the fresh produce sector in Japan. We traverse the topics of the “biggest lake in Japan”, Lake Biwa to candid conversations with Kansai taxi drivers. In this episode, we “peel back the layers” of this market in Japan. As the Country Manager in Japan, Jess shares how she is navigating the intricacies of the Japanese produce market.Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Jessica’s journey from a curious student of Japanese to leading Freshco in Japan as Country ManagerThe nuances of Japanese consumer behavior around fresh produceJessica’s mission to revolutionise Japan's apple consumption habits The NZ and Japan collaborations helping to innovate processes through kaizen and help maintain the future fresh food supplyHer invaluable advice for women looking to break into the Japanese marketAbout Jessica TischJessica Tisch is Country Manager – Japan for Freshco.  Freshco are a fully integrated produce company based in Auckland who specialises in apples, squash (kabocha) and cherries).  Prior to Jess starting in the role a year ago, she spent five years working for NZTE; the latter 3.5 years based in Tokyo, as a Business Development Manager. Jess’ commercial background is in the meat industry, in supply chain management roles; she’s a Chartered Accountant and was a JET participant based in Shimane. Jess is very passionate about supporting the growth of NZ companies in Japan and has an Instagram page (link below) where she highlights NZ products she finds in Japan.Connect with JessicaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/tokyo_retail_things/ LinksFreshco: https://www.freshco.co.nz/Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Barking up the right tree! The K9 Natural success story of selling premium pet food in the Japan market
07-04-2024
Barking up the right tree! The K9 Natural success story of selling premium pet food in the Japan market
We dive into the fascinating world of pet ownership and dog trends in Japan with our guest, Takayuki Ichikawa, from K9 Natural, a premium New Zealand pet food product being sold in the Japan market. Takayuki shares insights into the growing humanization trend for pets in Japan, where they are treated as valued family members. We also explore the success of K9 Natural in the Japanese market, the power of word-of-mouth promotion, and the importance of understanding the Japanese market for New Zealand businesses. Tune in for an engaging conversation that sheds light on the evolving pet industry in Japan and the potential for international collaboration.Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Why Takayuki decided to try his hand at dog food after working with premium brandsHis top three things to keep in mind when entering the Japanese marketHow to avoid a huge marketing budget and build a community of loyal customersHis top tip of all for what will make your product a success in a mature market like JapanAbout Takayuki IchikawaBefore joining K9 Natural Japan, in July 2023, Ichikawa san had a wealth of experience in the F&B industry in Japan in Sales and MD roles with household brand names such as Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc., Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Godiva Japan Inc. Nestle Nespresso K.K. and MHD Moet Hennessy Diageo K.K.Linkshttps://www.naturalpetfoodgroup.com/https://www.k9natural.jp/Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
New Zealand forestry and Japan with Tony Clifford
10-03-2024
New Zealand forestry and Japan with Tony Clifford
We are thrilled to bring you a wonderful Jandal: Tony Clifford, who is sharing his experience of working with a Japanese corporation for 30 years. That’s quite some dedication to the relationship between both countries that we don’t often see. You will love Tony’s insights, tips and advice for those who are just getting started, levelling up, or wondering if you are doing the right thing. Let’s get into it!Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Tony, Catherine and Jayne’s favourite foods to have when they get off the plane in JapanThe challenges of having NZ Radiata pine recognised as a high quality wood in JapanWhat is really happening when there is silence in a business meeting with your Japanese partners“Yes” is not a “yes”, and “difficult” is a “no”. Tony’s crystal ball predictions for areas of growth and opportunities with JapanAbout TonyTony Clifford is the Managing Director of Pan Pac Forest Products Limited. Pan Pac is based in the Hawke’s Bay and Otago region of NZ and is owned by OJI Green Resources, which is a subsidiary of OJI Holdings Corporation in Japan. Tony has had a long connection with Japan through his 30 years work with Pan Pac. Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Hiring to help your business succeed in Japan with Kerry Ellis
25-02-2024
Hiring to help your business succeed in Japan with Kerry Ellis
We sit down with the insightful Kerry Ellis, a Senior Business Partner at Decipher Group in Christchurch, who has extensive experience in both New Zealand and Japan. Kerry shares fascinating stories and valuable insights about engaging with the Japanese market, understanding cultural differences, the importance of all kinds of diversity in business and how to successfully transition to work in Japan. We also delve into some fun “hanami” cherry blossom viewing stories and the protocols you want to make sure you know before you go!  Join us as we explore the intersection of business, culture, and diversity in this enriching conversation with Kerry Ellis.Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Catherine’s rather shocking first hanami experienceSome of the possibilities that might surprise you about coming to work in Japan, even with little or no Japanese Kerry’s number one gem of advice for cross-cultural communicationThe importance of thought diversity for business and how New Zealanders can contribute to JapanAbout Kerry Kerry is a Senior Partner at Decipher Group in Christchurch. He helps organisations to not only recruit top talent, but also connect business networks (with some focus on Japanese affiliations) across Japan and New Zealand.Kerry became interested in Japan through living with homestay students in New Zealand through his High School years. He has had two different experiences in Japan about 10 years in length. He was initially in education whilst living in Shizuoka prefecture and the latter 10 years in recruitment in Tokyo. Ironically it was the earthquake in New Zealand that expedited Kerry’s return to Japan in 2011, despite the Tohoku earthquake in Japan in the same year.With over 10 years of recruitment experience across Japan and New Zealand, Kerry has a deep understanding of the local and international talent markets and the challenges and opportunities they present.Connect with KerryLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elliskerry1/Website: https://www.deciphergroup.co.nz/Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube:
From Fukuoka to Auckland - Technology collaborations between Japan and New Zealand with Pam Ford
11-02-2024
From Fukuoka to Auckland - Technology collaborations between Japan and New Zealand with Pam Ford
We are getting the download on the tech collaborations between Japan and New Zealand in this episode with guest, Pam Ford from Tātaki Auckland Unlimited. Pam shares the potential that is waiting for New Zealand tech businesses in exciting markets like Japan and how cities like Auckland, Fukuoka and Tokyo are working together at this subnational level. In a tech business and want to export to Japan? This is the episode for you! Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Pam’s first trip to Japan in the 80s and experiencing “a loss of face”The origins of the Fukuoka- Auckland relationship and how the tech industry is using this relationshipOpportunities for future collaborations between NZ and Japan in techPam’s idea for a startup involving her passions and interestsAbout PamPam is Director of Economic Development at Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, the region’s economic and cultural agency.Pam has worked in international trade, investment and local development for over 20 years, including time with NZTE.Linkshttps://industry.aucklandnz.com/investhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/pam-ford-b8315010Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Game Changers: Bridging language gaps in Japan rugby through translation with Doug Picken
28-01-2024
Game Changers: Bridging language gaps in Japan rugby through translation with Doug Picken
Doug Picken is an exceptional individual with unique insights into the world of rugby translation and the cultural intricacies of Japan and New Zealand. In his position as a translator for the DynaBoars rugby team, Doug helps his team to tackle the linguistic and cultural differences daily. We love his passion for wearing the jersey in promoting Japan rugby and his dedication to his podcast, Japan Rugby Weekly, a favourite of the Jandals team and many listeners too! Ikimasho~!SHOW NOTES (These will become a blog post as well as go into Anchor/Captivate). Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:How Doug started as a translator finding himself at the “Mighty Dynaboars” What makes a good rugby translator and what can get you fired (!)The number one thing that helps Kiwis have a long successful career in JapanThe importance of the company in professional rugby in JapanDoug’s podcast, Japan Rugby Weekly, and why we love itAbout DougDoug was born in Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima and spent time between Japan and New Zealand (Rotorua) growing up. After graduating with a Bachelor of ScienceDouble majoring in Statistics & Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Auckland Doug moved to Japan in 2015. He worked as an English teacher before getting his first translating job in 2017 in Fukuoka at the Coca-Cola Red Sparks Rugby Team.  Doug has also helped the Sunwolves in 2019 and 2021 before moving to Sagamihara to join the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Sagamihara Dynaboars. He is also host of the wildly popular Japan Rugby Weekly Podcast.LinksJapan Rugby Weekly: https://redcircle.com/shows/japan-rugby-weekly Heiden Bedwell Curtis: https://www.jandalsinjapan.com/episode/eighteen Jamie Joseph: https://www.jandalsinjapan.com/episode/twenty-six Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube:
Costco as a distribution strategy in Japan with Jason Allen, Cookie Time
14-01-2024
Costco as a distribution strategy in Japan with Jason Allen, Cookie Time
Cookie Time is making waves in Japan and Jason Allen, Representative Director, shares how this came to be. If you are thinking of having Costco as part of your product distribution strategy then this episode is for you. We are so proud of the work that Cookie Time has done in Japan over the past 10 years and excited to see what they achieve next.Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Jason’s insider tips for ordering the best goodies at the Cookie Time store in HarajukuWhy Cookie Time’s first approach to Costco was unsuccessfulWhat it’s like to negotiate a deal with Costco and some of the benefits of working with such a retailerWhere we can expect to see Cookie Time popping up in the future to fulfil their slogan of “bringing a smile to every face!”About JasonJason is Representative Director at Cookie Time Japan. LinksJason’s first episode on Jandals in Japan: https://www.jandalsinjapan.com/episode/five Discount Code for the Japan Online Store: JANDALTIME24Cookie Time Japan: https://www.cookietime.co.jp/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/cookietime.jp/ Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Delivering excellence in Japan's freight industry with Motoko Murata
17-12-2023
Delivering excellence in Japan's freight industry with Motoko Murata
Motoko Murata is the country manager for Mainfreight in Japan. Together we delved into what is making Mainfreight stand out in the ultra competitive area of international freight in Japan. Motoko shares the importance of quality in cargo delivery, investment in technology, and the significance of collaboration and customer communication for smooth operations. We also explored cultural differences in conversation and small talk expectations when building relationships with Japanese customers. Grab your earphones for another Jandals listening experience.Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Motoko’s career in logistics and why she decided to take on the challenge of establishing Mainfreight in JapanHow Mainfreight is innovating in the logistics industry and helping customers in Japan to go paperlessSome things that Japan is teaching Mainfreight about next level care of shipmentsMotoko’s strategy for breaking the ice with new connections in JapanAbout MotokoMotoko Murata is Country Manager of Mainfreight Japan. She has been in the logistics industry for more than 20 years. Motoko joined Mainfreight as a founding member of the Japan office in 2019, and COVID-19 hit not long after. She took on her current role last year to challenge herself to promote the Mainfreight service and culture, as well as the New Zealand Spirit in Japan with the great Mainfreight team.Connect with MotokoWebsite: https://www.mainfreight.com/global/en-nz Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Wai Mānuka's awesome adventure: From the America’s Cup to Tokyo's taste buds
03-12-2023
Wai Mānuka's awesome adventure: From the America’s Cup to Tokyo's taste buds
Joe Harawira is co-founder of Wai Mānuka, a premium non-alcoholic beverage company. We talk about Wai Mānuka's success in both New Zealand and Japan, their collaborations, and their plans for expansion. Join us as we dive into the world of business relationships, trust, and partnerships in Japan. In this episode you’ll hear:How the idea for Wai Mānuka came up at a New Year’s BBQTaking chances that appear in your path even when you might not be readyStrategic partnerships that match your brand valuesJoe’s number one gold nugget for brands thinking about exporting to JapanThe future of Wai Mānuka and where you can find it in Japan Catherine and Jayne share their observations on what helps Kiwi brands do well in Japan Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.About JoeJoe Harawira is a Co-founder and Managing Director at Wai Mānuka, New Zealand’s premium, non-alcholic beverage that was made throughout a global pandemic and launched as an official supplier of the 36th America’s Cup. Since then, Wai Mānuka has expanded across New Zealand and began exporting to Tokyo. The goal for Wai Mānuka is to become an iconic Kiwi brand by celebrating the finest of New Zealand and Māori culture on the world stage.Connect with Joehttps://waimanuka.co.nz/@waimanuka.nzLinks:Jayne’s Diary: https://amzn.asia/d/06jGuWR Catherine’s Diary: https://amzn.asia/d/aH9wNre Time stamps00:00 Jandals in Japan with Joe Harawira05:49 Wai Mānuka becomes an America’s Cup beverage09:53 The importance of alignment of values15:41 Expansion to Singapore as a stepping stone to Asia18:50 The importance of connections and partnerships24:47 Joe’s number one tip 28:17 Keys to successJandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Five awesome moments from Jandals in Japan in 2023
19-11-2023
Five awesome moments from Jandals in Japan in 2023
We’re out of office this week, but we didn’t want you to miss your hit of “Jandals in Japan” while we are away, so we thought we would share our New Zealand Podcast Awards 2023 submission with you. You’ll hear five impactful moments from the last year of the show. Please support us in the “Listeners Choice Award”. You can find the links below. Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Ichiro Anzai from ZespriJamie Joseph in his role as Head Coach of the Brave BlossomsMiriana Stephans from WakatūTim Bunting on what it is to be a YamabushiMike Harris from Canyons on adventure tourismLinks to vote for us in the New Zealand Podcast Awards 2023Please support the Jandals in Japan Podcast by submitting your vote for the Listener’s Choice Award in the New Zealand Podcast Awards 2023. It will only take a couple of minutes of your time: https://www.nzpodcastawards.com/nominate You’ll need this link to copy paste into the nomination form: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jandals-in-japan/id1612222516 Thank you for your support!Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneFull episodes here: https://www.jandalsinjapan.com/ Connect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Inspiring the next generation: Taking the Sakura Japan Hockey team to new heights with Jude Menezes
05-11-2023
Inspiring the next generation: Taking the Sakura Japan Hockey team to new heights with Jude Menezes
Jude Menezes shares his experiences and insights as the new coach for the Japanese women’s hockey team: Sakura Japan. From discussing the challenges of recruiting players to the cultural nuances of coaching, Jude provides a fascinating perspective on this role and his challenge to bring the Japanese women’s team into the top 6 teams in the world. Grab your jandals and join us as we dive into the world of hockey and coaching in Japan.Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Jude’s extensive experience in field hockey from being an Olympian himself to coaching the NZ women Black Sticks through two OlympicsWhat Jude looks for when he is coaching and how this transcends language and culturesThe challenges of coaching in Japan that permeate many professional sportsJude’s mandate for the team and when we might be able to see them playAbout JudeJude migrated from India to New Zealand with his family in 2002 where he eventually started working in hockey as a Manager/Goalkeeping Coach. He became the Assistant Coach for the Black Sticks women in 2014 until 2021. Some of the major tournaments in those roles were:  Olympic Games- Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 - World Cup London 2018 - Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 (Bronze medal) Gold Coast 2018 (Gold medal) - Oceania Cup Rockhampton 2019 - Gold medal. In 2021 he took on the role of Head Coach with the Sakura Japan Women’s team.  Results include: Asian Champions Trophy: Donghae, Korea 2021 - Gold medal. Asia cup : Oman 2022 - Gold medal. Nations Cup: Valencia 2022 - Bronze medal. Connect with JudeInstagram: @jude.menezesTwitter (X): @ jude_mtFacebook: Jude MenezesLinksWatch Hockey online: https://watch.hockey/ Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Celebrating Episode 40, we let ChatGPT ask us the questions
22-10-2023
Celebrating Episode 40, we let ChatGPT ask us the questions
In today's milestone 40th episode, Jayne and Catherine have plenty to chat about thanks to ChatGPT which has provided the thought provoking questions for this episode. We'll be sharing some Kiwi and Nihongo phrases and traditions that have captured our attention. So grab your own favourite bevvy and join us as we explore language, culture, and quirky customs on Jandals in Japan!Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Jayne and Catherine’s go to beverage and snack choices for an “On Nomi” or ONline NOMIkai.A breakfast conundrum, which Kiwi or Japanese food would you choose?Some Japanese slang terms you can learn that all the cool kids are using - but you probably shouldn’t attempt yourself or use them in a business meeting!One beer in, things get wild: Tanuki or Kiwi, which would you prefer as a pet?Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Insights on Japanese culture for life and business with Tim Bunting, the Kiwi Yamabushi
08-10-2023
Insights on Japanese culture for life and business with Tim Bunting, the Kiwi Yamabushi
Tim Bunting, also known as the “Kiwi Yamabushi”, shares fascinating insights about his experiences as a Yamabushi practitioner and the philosophy behind their practices. Join us as we delve into Tim's love of an unfamous part of Japan which set him on the path to be invited to become a yamabushi. If you have ever wondered why? about many things that are done in Japan you might just find your answer in this episode!If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:How Tim first came to Japan and fell in love with the mountains of YamagataBecoming a yamabushi and what they do in the mountains The importance of the concept of 受けたもう “uketamou” and where we see it in daily life in JapanUchi and Soto: why are we always taking off our shoes in Japan?About TimTim Bunting AKA Kiwi Yamabushi is a certified Yamabushi (mountain ascetic) from NZ. Tim helps run the Yamabushido program offering self-development and self-discovery experiences in the mountains of Japan. Tim writes the Daily Yamabushi, a daily blog on the yamabushi lifestyle, and an avid hiker, Tim is currently hiking the 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata and sharing the experience on his blog and YouTube channel.Connect with Timhttps://www.yamabushido.jp https://www.timbunting.com https://www.youtube.com/@kiwiyamabushi https://www.instagram.com/kiwiyamabushiJandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Diving into Japan's Aquaculture Landscape through the Global Fisheries Scholarship with Monique Holmes
24-09-2023
Diving into Japan's Aquaculture Landscape through the Global Fisheries Scholarship with Monique Holmes
Monique Holmes shares her insightful experiences during her time as a trainee at Nissui in Japan on the Global Fisheries Scholarship. Join us as we explore Monique's observations on the amazing hospitality she experienced in Japan, the importance of embracing new experiences, and the lessons she learned about the aquaculture industry. Let's dive in! 🐟Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:How Monique found out about and applied for the Global Fisheries ScholarshipMonique's experience preparing for her trip to Japan and the time she spent in different areas of the businessThe intense omotenashi she received and how she learned to lean into it to experience as much as possibleWhat the experience taught her about her own culture and what it is to represent New Zealand internationallyAbout MoniqueMonique Holmes (Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa) was the recipient of the Global Fisheries Scholarship in 2023.Monique has a background in marine biology which led her to working in Māori fisheries and aquaculture and to apply for and receive the Global Fisheries Scholarship in 2023. Through this opportunity, she undertook a trainee role at Nissui in Japan. Her main focus was on learning about aquaculture in Japan and how these learnings could be transferrable to a New Zealand context.LinksMoana Scholarship information: ​​https://moana.co.nz/careers/ Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Embracing cultural nuances: Insights for successful business between Japan and New Zealand with Annette Azuma
10-09-2023
Embracing cultural nuances: Insights for successful business between Japan and New Zealand with Annette Azuma
Annette Azuma, Director at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, in the Auckland office, shares her experiences in facilitating business between New Zealand and Japan. Annette has a long dedicated relationship with Japan and has worked hard to help support the Japan and New Zealand business environment. We are thrilled to share her knowledge with you in this episode.In this episode you’ll hear:How Annette came to be interested in learning Japanese which kicked off her connection with JapanThe importance of local team members for effective businessAnnette gives us her own example of the Japanese saying “3 years on a rock”How New Zealand could help Japan and vice versaThe benefits of being a member of the JNZBC and how you can joinSubscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.About AnnetteAnnette specializes in international business and deals with a number of listed and unlisted corporates and high net worth individuals assisting with all aspects of taxation, compliance, M&A and immigration. Fluent in Japanese, she has particular expertise and experience assisting many Japanese clients doing business and investing in New Zealand as well as representing companies expanding their businesses to Japan. In addition, she serves as a Vice Chair of the Japan New Zealand Business Council, board member of Drive Electric Incorporated, member of Global Women and industry representative for the Auckland University of Technology International Languages Department.Connect with AnnetteWebsite: https://bakertillysr.nz/services/specialist/japan/LinksJNZBC: https://www.jnzbc.com/ Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
From petrol stations to diplomacy: Building bridges through people-to-people connections with Dom Walton-France
30-07-2023
From petrol stations to diplomacy: Building bridges through people-to-people connections with Dom Walton-France
Embark on a journey of diplomacy as we delve into the role of the New Zealand Embassy in Japan. We speak with Deputy Ambassador, Dom Walton-France and discover how the embassy strengthens the relationship between our two countries through government connections, trade promotion, tourism initiatives and more. Dom shares his wealth of experience from his early days working at petrol stations and being a rafting guide in rural Japan to now being Deputy Ambassador representing Aotearoa New Zealand in Japan. Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Dom’s long connection with Japan and full circle moments before he transitions back to WellingtonHow Japan and NZ complement each other through opposite seasons and specialtiesThe importance of long term people to people relationships for good ties between nationsThe roles and responsibilities of the embassy in promoting and strengthening the NZ-Japan relationshipAbout DomDom Walton-France is currently the Deputy Ambassador at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo. He has a long association with Japan dating back to 1987 when he first visited on a 3 week sister city exchange. Dom lived and worked in Japan for close to 4 years in the 1990s in a variety of jobs including gas station attendant, part time rafting guide, ski-field worker and English teacher. Dom has been working in the New Zealand public service for nearly 25 years in internationally focused roles based in New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. He served as New Zealand’s representative on the Board of the Asian Development Bank in Manila for three years from 2013-2015. He also spent three years as New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner to Tonga, and earlier in his career spent six years working in the International Team at the New Zealand Treasury. He is married to Hannah Walton-France and has 4 children who have all enjoyed spending time in Japan.LinksNZ Embassy: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/asia/japan/new-zealand-embassy/Safe Travel https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Summer ListeningEpisode 5: Jason Allen, Representative Director, Cookie Time Japan https://www.jandalsinjapan.com/episode/five Episode 6: Makoto Kinjo, President, ANZCO Foods https://www.jandalsinjapan.com/episode/six Episode 10: Dave Mair, CEO, Skellerup, https://www.jandalsinjapan.com/episode/ten Episode 33: Rebecca Thorn, General Manager, Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya
NEC today: working at a Japanese company in Aotearoa NZ with Mel Barber, Managing Director
16-07-2023
NEC today: working at a Japanese company in Aotearoa NZ with Mel Barber, Managing Director
You might be wondering what NEC actually does these days. We certainly were! Mel Barber, NEC New Zealand Managing Director, shares the range of activities that they are involved in and how NEC is helping to make life better with self sovereign biometrics. You will be seeing more of these applications in your daily life very soon! NEC is striving to become a global company and Mel shares what it’s like to work at an overseas office of a Japanese company and how she manages the cultural differences between Japan and New Zealand.Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:How Mel came to be Managing Director of NEC New ZealandCool self sovereign biometric technology that is coming into use in both NZ and JapanNEC's shift towards becoming a more global companyMel’s strategies for asking for things and knowing when to give an out to the other partyAbout MelMel Barber is the Managing Director for NEC New Zealand, being appointed to the position after 18 months there. In previous roles at NEC, Mel held the position of GM Field Delivery, ensuring successful relationships with a number of key customers. Mel joined NEC from Ventia where she was the Project Director for the UFB2+ project – a $120M project bringing fibre to New Zealand’s rural communities. This was a complex project from design through to commissioning with a number of key stakeholders including local Iwi and community groups. Her focus on ensuring the best outcome for communities was recognised by Ventia in 2018 with a Highly Commended award for Enterprise. This project honed her skills in leadership and ensured a solid grounding in commercial, financial and stakeholder management. Mel is a transformational leader who believes in empowering her team to achieve the key priorities of the business. She believes in bringing her authentic self to work, leading with empathy and realism.Connect with MelWebsite: https://www.nec.co.nz/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nec-new-zealand-ltd/LinksJNZBC: https://www.jnzbc.com/ Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram:
If you were starting over in Japan, what would you do? Catherine and Jayne explore opportunities for the future
02-07-2023
If you were starting over in Japan, what would you do? Catherine and Jayne explore opportunities for the future
On this episode of Jandals in Japan, join the hosts of the show, Jayne and Catherine as they dive into the various opportunities for intergenerational collaboration between New Zealand and Japan. After more than a year of hosting this show and learning all the dos and don’ts from their experienced guests, Jayne and Catherine surprise each other with questions and answers they didn’t even know were coming!  Don't miss out on what's to come and continue following their journey! (They also talk about the common phenomena of what makes the news about Japan in overseas media, that doesn’t register as news in Japan.)Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:The opportunities for future growth and collaboration between New Zealand and Japan What Jandals in Japan hopes to achieve going forward after over a year of collecting stories Catherine’s idea for what she would do if she were to start over in Japan with all her knowledge intactJayne’s idea for what she would do if she found herself back in New Zealand to give back to Japan after 20 years of “raising her as an adult”The 2023 Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) conference theme of Intergenerational Action to be held in New Zealand in NovemberLinksJNZBC: https://www.jnzbc.com/ Mike Harris Jandals episode: https://www.jandalsinjapan.com/episode/twenty-nine Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@jandalsinjapan
Creating memorable hotel stay experiences through Kiwi and Japanese omotenashi with Rebecca Thorn
18-06-2023
Creating memorable hotel stay experiences through Kiwi and Japanese omotenashi with Rebecca Thorn
Rebecca Thorn, star General Manager for Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya, shares her experiences in the hotel industry in New Zealand and how she adjusted to the omotenashi of Japanese hospitality. Rebecca emphasizes the importance of immersing oneself in a new culture and how this is helping her as she opens the first Hotel Indigo brand property in Shibuya in August 2023! Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:Rebecca’s experience in all aspects of the hotel industry during her 25 year international career so farThe key differences between the hospitality culture in Japan and New ZealandIs the language barrier really a problem? The importance of immersing yourself in Japanese cultureHow standing back and observing customers in the hotel lobby and restaurant are key cues to understanding customer-careThe creativeness of the “Hotel Indigo” brand bringing the neighborhood into the hotelAbout RebeccaRebecca Thorn is the General Manager of Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya, now scheduled to open in August 2023. She has been in the hotel industry for 20 years and with IHG for 17 of those years.She has experienced several hotels across Asia Pacific in the group in that time. Rebecca moved to Japan in August of 2019 and absolutely loves working and living in Tokyo. Connect with RebeccaPersonal work instagram https://www.instagram.com/rebecca_thorn_/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-thorn-65b49940/ Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya website - https://www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/us/en/shibuyaku/hndsh/hoteldetailLinks:The Culture Map: https://www.amazon.co.jp/Culture-Map-INTL-ED-Decoding/dp/1610392760 Ryokan Koito: https://koito-inn.co.jp/ Bar Hotel: https://www.barhotel.com/ Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with JayneConnect with Jayne and CatherineLinked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ Instagram:
Gaining traction long term in Japan through Manaakitanga with Miriana Stephens
04-06-2023
Gaining traction long term in Japan through Manaakitanga with Miriana Stephens
We are thrilled to bring you Miriana Stephens, a director for Wakatū Incorporation and General Manager of AuOra™. Wakatū recently signed several MOUs with Japanese organisations to further business ties in education and Food & Beverage. They are approaching the Japanese market in a way that is resonating with their Japanese counterparts, so we are excited to hear more about this and their latest products coming soon. *Manaakitanga: The process of showing respect, generosity and care for others. Thank you to NZ Story for introducing us to this FernMark Licensee member.Subscribe to our list so you never miss an episode of Jandals in Japan If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi (or Kia Ora or Konnichi Wa!) over on @jandalsinjapan on Instagram.In this episode you’ll hear:How Miriana came to be a director for Wakatū after managing her own businessWhy Wakatū decided to choose Japan for their new business AuOra™How Wakatū has excelled despite the challenges of Covid-19 What’s next for Wakatū and when we can expect to see some new products launchingAbout MirianaMiriana was born in Motueka and her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (NZ History) and a Law Degree. She currently resides in Motueka and has four children. She was awarded the 2016 Aotearoa NZ Māori Woman Business Leader award in recognition of outstanding success and excellence in business. Miriana is a director for Wakatū Incorporation (Wakatū), its subsidiaries and various committees and they are guided by their intergenerational 500 year vision, Te Pae Tawhiti. Wakatū convened the Te Tauihu Intergenerational Regional Strategy which is a business-led approach to regional development in Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough. This initiative is in partnership with all three councils, whānau, hapū and Iwi, the business community, NMIT and has been supported by investment from the Provincial Growth Fund.  Key priorities are the wellbeing of tangata (our people), te Taiao (our natural world) and pūtea (our economy). Miriana is also the General Manager for AuOra™ an associated business of Wakatū that invests in a portfolio of nutrition and ingredient applications which are sourced from the natural biomatter of Aotearoa. The focus is to provide health and wellness solutions that improve the quality of life in the areas of digestive, brain, inflammatory and metabolic health as well as the health of our natural world. Miriana has another role as a trustee on AGMARDT, Te Āwhina Marae in Motueka and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua. She is a member of Nuku ki te Puku™ (a national Māori Food and Beverage cluster), the Food and Fibres Partnership Group for the Ministry of Primary Industries (Te Taiao Working Group), NZTE Steering Group Expo 2020 (NZTE) and is the Chair of Leaft Proteins SFFF Programme. Links:http://www.wakatu.org