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Playing the long game at all stages of business in Japan with Ian Kennedy
Episode 111st August 2022 • Jandals in Japan • Jayne Nakata & Catherine O'Connell
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We are thrilled to bring former New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, Ian Kennedy to you today who is sharing ALL the golden jandals he has learnt during his more than 40 year history with Japan. We are very much looking forward to seeing so many Jandals on the ground in Beppu, Kyushu in November 2022 for the first face to face conference of the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) to be held in three years. Find out how you can join us and you might even get to meet Catherine and Jayne, too! ;)

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Ian first arrived in Japan in the late 70’s when there was no direct flight from New Zealand
  • The origins of the JNZBC and how it helps Kiwi businesses 
  • The brilliant Kiwi businesses that are making waves with the help of the JNZBC
  • Some of the pitfalls that Ian sees Kiwis falling into as they enter the Japanese market
  • Why you should join us in Beppu in November 2022!

About Ian

Ian Kennedy was New Zealand Ambassador to Japan from 2007 to 2012. Upon returning to New Zealand he became Chair of the JNZBC. He is also a member of the University of Auckland7’s NZ Asia Institute Advisory Group and Honorary Chairman of "Support our Kids", established in 2011 to support children following the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. Ian is also involved in the biannual NZ Open Golf Tournament in Queenstown bringing Japan pro-golfers to New Zealand to play a round with NZ pro and amateur golfers and do a bit of business as well. He’s a pretty good golfer himself too!

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