15 episodes

The best new show about 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 in the land of the rising sun.
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.

Jandals in Japan Jayne Nakata & Catherine O'Connell

    • Business

The best new show about 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 in the land of the rising sun.
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.

    The Japan market is not as hard as you think with Greg Lane from Tokyo Cheapo

    The Japan market is not as hard as you think with Greg Lane from Tokyo Cheapo

    Greg Lane has proved over many years in Japan that it’s possible for a foreign company to be successful. Despite the challenges of Covid Tokyo Cheapo and Japan Cheapo are still serving the local community and tourists visiting Japan wanting to find good value. Greg shares his insider knowledge of how to tackle the bureaucracy of Japan like water off a duck’s back, and how he actually doesn’t mind the paperwork, as well as his golden jandals of where Kiwi businesses could find opportunities.
    If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know what your biggest takeaway was. Head over to https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jandals-in-japan/id1612222516 (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 https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (@jandalsinjapan) on Instagram.
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    How Greg came to be in Japan and co-founded a website that helps people get good value from goods and services in Japan
    How Japan is not as expensive as you might think
    The benefits of working with the bureaucracy in Japan and support systems available for small and medium sized businesses
    The opportunities there are for Kiwi businesses as tourism starts to open up in Japan again
    Greg’s favourite word! Hint: it starts with “J”.

    About Greg
    Originally from Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, Greg has been in Japan since 2000. After teaching English, working as a salaryman, starting a company, and winding up a company, Greg started Japan travel guide http://tokyocheapo.com/ (tokyocheapo.com) with co-founder Chris Kirkland in 2012. The business was perfectly timed to ride the post-2011 Japan tourism boom, and since March 2020, has been riding out the bust.


    Connect with Greg
    https://twitter.com/cheapogreg (https://twitter.com/cheapogreg)
    https://tokyocheapo.com/ (https://tokyocheapo.com/)


    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan (https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan)
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdbd0QSHSLlOSPcpceHOcA (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdbd0QSHSLlOSPcpceHOcA)

    • 42 min
    Doing business in Japan with Kiwi Kindness with Mayu Suzuki

    Doing business in Japan with Kiwi Kindness with Mayu Suzuki

    As an exchange student at Kapiti College at 14 years old, Mayu Suzuki helped her family to start what is now a successful business exporting high quality mānuka honey to Japan. Mayu shares how she is influenced by Māori culture and the care of future generations in driving how her business operates on its three pillars: care, kindness (“mariri”) and honesty
    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 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jandals-in-japan/id1612222516 (Apple Podcasts) to leave a review and we’d love it if you would come and say hi over on https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (@jandalsinjapan) on Instagram.
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    How Mayu found her first supplier of manuka honey at 17 years old after a rummage in her pantry!
    The differences between online platforms such as Rakuten and Amazon
    The importance of crafting a story for your product
    Mayu’s predictions for the future and planning for the next 300 (yes 300!) years

    About Mayu:
    Mayu is a business and cultural bridge between Japan and New Zealand.
    Born in Japan, raised in Japan/New Zealand, currently calling Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), home.
    During the daytime Mayu is the Managing Director of mariri New Zealand delivering the taonga (treasured possessions) of Aotearoa New Zealand to Japanese customers on e-platforms.
    Mayu is also heavily involved in organising the Japan Festival Wellington - one of the biggest biennial events in the coolest little Capital, spreading her love of Japan.
    She is director and founder of maririNZ brand which is a family-owned business based in Hokkaido Japan. Their products include manuka honey, avocado/olive oil, bee-related products and cosmetics.
    Their business kicked off 15 years ago... on Rakuten, Yahoo, Amazon and its official marketplaces.
    Mayu went to Kapiti College and Victoria University and has a deep understanding of kiwi-ness as a Japanese person. Her motto is "being a bridge between Japan / NZ and sharing Kiwi-kindness with Japan".
    Mayu is an experienced hand for all things Japan being born in Japan and is a fully bicultural Kiwi Japanese with an incredibly deep insight into both cultures and she truly knows how to be successful in business in the land of the long white cloud AND the land of the rising sun.
    Connect with Mayu:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayusuzuki/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayusuzuki/)
    https://www.mariri-nz.co.jp/ (https://www.mariri-nz.co.jp/)
    https://www.instagram.com/maririnewzealand/ (https://www.instagram.com/maririnewzealand/)
    https://www.facebook.com/mar (https://www.facebook.com/maririnz/?fref=ts)
    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGObHVeEKg9hyK3a2EeAn2Q (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGObHVeEKg9hyK3a2EeAn2Q )
    Links
    Rakuten University: https://university.rakuten.co.jp/ (https://university.rakuten.co.jp/)
    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan (https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan)

    • 37 min
    Jandals in Japan 8 Mini with Mayu Suzuki

    Jandals in Japan 8 Mini with Mayu Suzuki

    Welcome to our first Jandals in Japan "Mini" episode, where we share some of the great parts of our interview with our guest that we weren't able to put into our main episode.
    https://www.jandalsinjapan.com/episode/eight (Listen to the full episode here. )
    You'll hear:
    How being an international student changed Mayu's life
    Her message to young people considering a working holiday in New Zealand or an "OE"
    How Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has inspired Mayu to take on the role of director in her business

    Our guest is Mayu Suzuki. Mayu is a business and cultural bridge between Japan and New Zealand.
    Born in Japan, raised in Japan/New Zealand, currently calling Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), home.
    During the daytime Mayu is the Managing Director of mariri New Zealand delivering the taonga (treasured possessions) of Aotearoa New Zealand to Japanese customers on e-platforms.
    Mayu is also heavily involved in organising the Japan Festival Wellington - one of the biggest biennial events in the coolest little Capital, spreading her love of Japan.
    Connect with Mayu:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayusuzuki/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayusuzuki/)
    https://www.mariri-nz.co.jp/ (https://www.mariri-nz.co.jp/)
    https://www.instagram.com/maririnewzealand/ (https://www.instagram.com/maririnewzealand/)
    https://www.facebook.com/mar (https://www.facebook.com/maririnz/?fref=ts)
    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGObHVeEKg9hyK3a2EeAn2Q (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGObHVeEKg9hyK3a2EeAn2Q )
    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan (https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan)

    • 6 min
    Communicating your Kiwiness with Louise George Kittaka

    Communicating your Kiwiness with Louise George Kittaka

    If you haven’t visited Japan for a while due to the Covid-19 pandemic then you might find Japan to be quite different from when you were here last. Our guest is Louise George Kittaka, a writer and cross cultural trainer. Louise has been a proud supporter of Kiwis in Japan for many years and we wanted to introduce her to our growing Jandals community!
    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 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jandals-in-japan/id1612222516 (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 https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (@jandalsinjapan) on Instagram.
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    How Louise came to be in Japan and how she got into writing and journalism here
    Louise’s tips for working with media in Japan
    The generalisations about Japan that are not true today
    How New Zealand is perceived in Japan and the shared values between our countries
    What’s really happening with masks in Japan right now and other changes in Japan since Covid
    Stories about fax machines!



    About Louise
    Louise George Kittaka is a bilingual writer, content developer, university lecturer and cross-cultural specialist from New Zealand. She writes for various English media platforms, including as a regular columnist and features writer for the Japan Times. Her areas of interest include travel, business, education, environmental concerns, and issues pertaining to the international community. She has contributed to numerous EFL textbooks and study materials for the Japanese market, and conducts cross-cultural training programs for families leaving or arriving in Japan on corporate assignments. She lectures in the comparative studies department at Shirayuri Women’s University in Tokyo.
    Connect with Louise
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-george-kittaka-1606581a/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-george-kittaka-1606581a/)
    https://www.jarman-international.com/company/ji-core-50/louise-george-kittaka/ (https://www.jarman-international.com/company/ji-core-50/louise-george-kittaka/)


    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan (https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan)
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdbd0QSHSLlOSPcpceHOcA (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdbd0QSHSLlOSPcpceHOcA)

    • 38 min
    Enhancing the potential of NZ meat products in Japan with Makoto Kinjo

    Enhancing the potential of NZ meat products in Japan with Makoto Kinjo

    Some of our most passionate Jandals are also originally from Japan. Makoto Kinjo has a wealth of experience in bringing New Zealand products to Japan. From ice cream to tomato paste, and even dog food, Makoto is now creating a premium brand of new kinds of New Zealand meat products in the Japanese market. Leveraging Japan’s world class delivery network, almost anything can arrive in the hands of consumers in no time, and still FROZEN!
    https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/n5v7b0 (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 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jandals-in-japan/id1612222516 (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 https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (@jandalsinjapan) on Instagram.
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    Makoto’s serendipitous home stay in Christchurch in the 1980s that showed him the potential of New Zealand products and foods
    The surprising connection between Okinawa and New Zealand from the 1960s
    How Makoto took on the challenge of educating the Japanese market about New Zealand meat products by setting up a restaurant - Far out!
    Makoto’s top tips for succeeding in Japan and what he’s up to next with new varieties of meat products from New Zealand.

    About Makoto
    Makoto Kinjo has been working for 37 years in the New Zealand food industry, in the field of sales and marketing of New Zealand food products to Japan and Asian countries. He has been engaged in the expansion of New Zealand beef and lamb in Japan for 20 years as President of ANZCO Foods Japan. Launched WAKANUI Grill Dining restaurant in 2011 as a way of promoting ANZCO Foods’ beef and lamb products.


    Connect with Makoto
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/makoto-kinjo-85797222/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/makoto-kinjo-85797222/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wakanui_grilldining_tokyo/ (https://www.instagram.com/wakanui_grilldining_tokyo/)
    Matakana: https://www.instagram.com/matakana.nzlamb/ (https://www.instagram.com/matakana.nzlamb/)
    Azabu Ewe: https://www.instagram.com/azabu_ewe/ (https://www.instagram.com/azabu_ewe/)


    Links
    Makoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo3CAJjbCy4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo3 AbCya 4)
    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan (https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan)
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdbd0QSHSLlOSPcpceHOcA (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdbd0QSHSLlOSPcpceHOcA)

    • 35 min
    Unwrapping Japan with Cookie Time’s Jason Allen

    Unwrapping Japan with Cookie Time’s Jason Allen

    Cookie Time is a loved brand in New Zealand for nearly 40 years and we are thrilled that guest, Jason Allen, is on the show with us to share his insights into bringing an iconic Kiwi brand to Japan. As Kiwis far from home, being able to reconnect with New Zealand by finding a Cookie Time in a huge chain store in Japan really has been a gift through these last few years of not being able to get back to New Zealand. Jason is very transparent about exactly how it all happened, so go listen!
    https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/n5v7b0 (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 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jandals-in-japan/id1612222516 (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 https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (@jandalsinjapan) on Instagram.
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    How Jason went from being on the JET program to translating for a rugby team to being a part of Cookie Time’s entry to Japan
    Jason’s 4 Ps for success in Japan, or is it just 3 Ps??
    How the distributor network in Japan functions and how you can get your products onto shelves
    Do you really need a fax machine in 2022 for doing business in Japan?
    The chances for Kiwi businesses to make the most of Japan's love of the seasons and events throughout the year

    About Jason
    Jason is Representative Director at Cookie Time Japan.
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cookietime.jp/ (https://www.facebook.com/cookietime.jp/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cookietime.jp/ (https://www.instagram.com/cookietime.jp/)
    Website: https://www.cookietime.co.jp/ (https://www.cookietime.co.jp/)
    The quintessential Kiwi story of how Cookie Time started in the founder's flat in Christchurch: https://cookietime.co.nz/about/ (https://cookietime.co.nz/about/ )
    Links
    Discount code for 20% off when shopping online in Japan: JANDALTIME (no time limit)
    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ (https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan (https://www.facebook.com/jandalsinjapan)
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdbd0QSHSLlOSPcpceHOcA (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdbd0QSHSLlOSPcpceHOcA)

    • 59 min

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