29 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.

    Getting your dream rugby job in Japan with Jess Souchon

    Getting your dream rugby job in Japan with Jess Souchon

    Do you want to be part of the up and coming professional rugby scene here in Japan? Jess Souchon, Performance Analyst for the Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars shares her story of how she not only became a performance analyst but was offered a position of a lifetime here in Japan. Jess shares how she overcame initial frustration to accept and embrace the cultural challenges of working in Japan and finding that things were different to what she was used to in New Zealand but different can also be good.
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    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 Jess created a career as a sports analyst in New ZealandHow she came to be the performance analyst for the Mitsubishi Sagamihara DynaboarsArriving in Japan and adjusting to the cultural differences of working in JapanJess’ advice for people wanting to get into professional rugby in Japan
    About Jess
    Hailing from the Waikato Jess is currently a Performance Analyst in Japan for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited - Mitsubishi Sagamihara DynaBoars rugby team for the last two years. 
    Jess loves all kinds of sport and is passionate about helping athletes to perform well out on the court, out on the field and out on the pitch.  In her previous roles, Jess was a head performance analyst for the Counties Manukau Steelers in the Mitre 10 Cup and she was also the Northern Stars netball team head performance analyst as part of the ANZ partnership.
    Links
    Website: https://dynaboars.mhi.com/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dynaboars/ 

    Jandals in Japan is brought to you by Catherine O’Connell Law and PodLaunch with Jayne

    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked 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 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Jayden Toa-Maxwell on becoming a celebrity in Japan and caring for your supporters

    Jayden Toa-Maxwell on becoming a celebrity in Japan and caring for your supporters

    Jayden Toa-Maxwell filled out a questionnaire for a TV show and then found his life turned around when he was one of 17 men selected for the reality show: The Bachelorette Japan - Season 2. We hear from Jayden what it’s like when you become famous in Japan and how he is managing this as well as his rugby career. You’ll love this holiday episode of Jandals. Thank you to Jess Tisch at NZTE for the introduction!
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    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 Jayden made his way to Japan and the shock he got when he found out Japan wasn’t like in the moviesWhat has made Jayden successful in JapanHow taking an opportunity sent his life in a totally different directionJayden’s sense of duty of care for those people who support him and how Jayden takes this seriously in his life as a celebrity in JapanWhat’s next for Jayden in 2023
    About Jayden
    Jayden Toa-Maxwell is 27 years old and from Hamilton, New Zealand. He attended school in Auckland at Dilworth College, a prestigious private boarding school in central Auckland that provides full scholarships to students who come from underprivileged backgrounds or struggling circumstances. After high school, Jayden arrived in Japan on a scholarship to attend university and play rugby. He attended Hakuoh University where he graduated with a degree in business management. During his university years he played for the Japan national sevens team. After graduation, Jayden joined the Yokogawa company rugby team where he still plays. In 2021, he was on The Bachelorette Japan - Season 2, a globally recognised reality TV show which has changed the trajectory of his life.
    Connect with Jayden
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaydentoamaxwell/ 
    Rugby: https://atlastars.yokogawa-musashino-sc.tokyo/ 
    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked 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 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    JNZBC Conference 2022 in Beppu: Key learnings

    JNZBC Conference 2022 in Beppu: Key learnings

    The Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) is an organisation with a wealth of connections and knowledge in the New Zealand and Japanese business environment. Catherine and Jayne were able to attend the 48th conference held in Beppu, (Kyushu) Japan in November 2022. If you are wondering about joining the JNZBC or attending the Christchurch, New Zealand conference in 2023, this is the episode for you. 
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    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 most impactful insights from the JNZBC conference in BeppuThe opportunity for networking and “stealth networking” with both New Zealand and Japan counterpartsOur tips for improving future gatherings to increase and scale up the impact of interactions with new contactsDetails of the 2023 conference to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand

    About the JNZBC
    Formed in 1974, the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) is New Zealand's longest standing business organisation within Asia.
    The JNZBC has National Committees in New Zealand and Japan. The Chairman of the Japan Committee is Mr Akira Ichikawa, Chairman of Sumitomo Forestry (parent company of Nelson Pine Industries, and Tasman Pine Forests). The Chairman of the New Zealand Committee is Mr Ian Kennedy, previously New Zealand Ambassador to Japan (2007 - 2012).
     Membership of the New Zealand Committee is open to private sector companies, individuals, government agencies, regional economic development agencies, industry associations, and educational institutions engaged or interested in the promotion of trade between New Zealand and Japan.
    The New Zealand Committee meets bimonthly for planning purposes, oversight of the accounts, and other administrative matters.  Following each Committee meeting we hold networking functions with invited speakers. This is open to all members and the Japanese business community, as an opportunity to engage and exchange information to better connect NZ Inc and Japan Inc.
    The JNZBC holds an annual joint conference, alternating between New Zealand and Japan, to discuss key developments and the outlook for the trade and economic relationship. This is an important networking event that enables our members to learn about trends and opportunities. 

    Connect with JNZBC
    Website: https://www.jnzbc.com/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jnzbc/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JNZBC 

    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ 
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    • 24 min
    Les Mills is in Japan but they don’t own a single gym, how do they do it? Featuring Ly Nguyen

    Les Mills is in Japan but they don’t own a single gym, how do they do it? Featuring Ly Nguyen

    Not all businesses in Japan have to be a physical product. Licensing your IP (Intellectual Property) can be another way to do business in Japan and in this episode we hear from Les Mills Japan, Managing Director, Ly Nguyen on what it’s been like growing the market in Japan around licensing exercise and training programmes.  
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    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:
    Some of the differences between the New Zealand and Japanese fitness markets (including tattoos and not leaving class early!!)How Ly mixes her respect for Japanese culture with a dose of “Gaijin magic” to have effective conversationsHow licensing can work well as a formula to inspire people to work outThe opportunities for growth and the underserved market of young people in JapanJapan’s pivot to focus on wellness over weight loss and the potential for Kiwi businesses
    About Ly
    Ly has been an entrepreneur from her early career and developed impeccable business instincts and agility for adjusting to the market she is in. Japan is no different as she applies this entrepreneurial lens across the business and roll out the Les Mills brand in the Japan market. Ly has been with Les Mills since 2011 and is now the 
    Connect with Ly
    Website: https://www.lesmills.com/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynguyen2021/    

    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked 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 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Localising your brand in Japan and becoming the #1 refill retailer with ecostore’s Hamish McCaroll and Alice Lynch

    Localising your brand in Japan and becoming the #1 refill retailer with ecostore’s Hamish McCaroll and Alice Lynch

    Iconic 30 year old Kiwi brand ecostore joins us on Jandals and they go above and beyond to share the story of their journey of entering the Japan market. Now becoming known as a leading brand in the refill market in all of Japan, ecostore is encouraging Japanese consumers to put their growing interest in SDGs into practice and making an effort to help consumers understand how their products support people and the environment.
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    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 a cold email led to ecostore finding their hot new venture partner in JapanWhat happened when they tried to transplant something that worked in NZ to Japan How ecostore have localised their messaging to speak to new consumers in JapanWhat kind of attention to detail is important and why being “Ichi ban” or number one in something is so important.
    About Hamish
    Hamish McCarroll is ecostore’s Export Manager responsible for the company’s growth in offshore markets. He has been with ecostore since 2016 and was previously New Zealand Export Manager for international food company KraftHeinz. Prior to that he lived and worked in financial markets in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Hamish enjoys spending time with his young family, and everything New Zealand’s beautiful outdoors and oceans has to offer!
    About Alice
    Alice Lynch is ecostore’s NZ-based Japan assistant providing support linguistically and culturally between ecostore NZ & ecostore Japan. Born in NZ to a Japanese mother & Kiwi father, Alice has been raised in-between cultures and brings a unique cross-cultural outlook to her role. After studying arts, media & language interpretation at the University of Auckland & AUT, Alice joined ecostore in 2018.
    Connect with ecostore
    Website: https://ecostore.jp/ 
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ecostore.jp/ 
    Line: https://line.me/R/ti/p/%40muq6587d 
    Links:
    Made with Care: https://www.nzte.govt.nz/page/made-with-care-japan-trade  
    Fernmark Licence Programme: https://www.fernmark.nzstory.govt.nz/ 

    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jandals-in-japan-podcast/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jandalsinjapan/ 
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Committing to the tackle: Kiwi Rugby in Japan with Heiden Bedwell-Curtis

    Committing to the tackle: Kiwi Rugby in Japan with Heiden Bedwell-Curtis

    Heiden Bedwell-Curtis plays for the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries rugby team “Mitsubishi Dynaboars”, a division one team, in Japan. Heiden shares his transition from Super Rugby in New Zealand, to becoming captain of his team, and now finding other opportunities in business in Japan in addition to his rugby career. Many of his observations are relevant off the rugby field too.  
    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 Heiden came to be playing for the Mitsubishi Dynaboars in JapanWhat kind of qualities help players to be successful in JapanSome of the challenges of playing rugby and starting a business in a different culture and language Where you can hear the latest on rugby in Japan 
    About Heiden 
    Heiden has been playing professional rugby in Japan for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited - Mitsubishi Dynaboars for just over four years. He is also studying Japanese and Accounting and has an interest in property development, investing and business. He completed his apprenticeship as a builder through Cavalier Homes Taranaki and TMT Building.
    Heiden’s rugby achievements also include the Hurricanes 2019, Crusaders 2017-18, Māori All Blacks 2015 Hurricanes Squad 2014-15 and Hurricanes Development 2013-2016. Captain 2016. Manawatu Turbos 2013-present (ITM Cup), Taranaki Bulls 2012 (ITM Cup) NZ Under 20s 2011 NZ Sevens Training Camps 2013 and the Taranaki Sevens 2010-2013 which he Captained in 2013.
    Connect with Heiden 
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/hbc91/ 
    https://www.instagram.com/coffeecharli.e/ 

    Links
    Mitsubishi Dynaboars: https://dynaboars.mhi.com/index.html 
    Japan Rugby Weekly Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/japan_rugby_weekly/ 
    Nagasaki Champon: https://www.ringerhut.jp/ 

    Connect with Jayne and Catherine
    Linked 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/channel/UCwdbd0QSHSLlOSPcpceHOcA 

    • 52 min

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