Welcome to Jandals in Japan, the best new show about doing business in Japan, bringing the Land of the Long White Cloud, Aotearoa New Zealand, to the Land of the Rising Sun.
We are here to help unveil some of the Kiwi success stories and share them as we really noticed Kiwi businesses are so quiet about their achievements and the amazing products that they have managed to get into the most difficult market place in the world.
And especially if you are looking to emulate their success, this is where you can hear all about it.
How do you build a brand in Japan?
How do you nurture a loyal customer base?
What do you really need to have in your tool belt here?
If you're thinking about coming to Japan, to launch a business Japan is often considered to be in the too hard basket, but those of us thriving in Japan doing business here, we're here to do some myth busting because we believe Japan is a great market to build a business and enjoy life.
Born and bred in Christchurch, Catherine O'Connell landed in Japan in 2002, on a one year contract, and 20 years later she's planted her feet firmly in Japan. She built a wealth of business and cultural experience working at the coal face of brand-name Japanese corporates as in-house legal counsel. Catherine took a leap of faith down the entrepreneurial route launching her own multi award-winning boutique law firm in Tokyo in 2018, being the first Kiwi and first foreign female to do so. She is Vice Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and helps businesses thrive in the Japan market delivering business insights meshed with legal instincts. Catherine is also host of the award-winning Lawyer on Air Podcast.
About Jayne Nakata
Jayne Nakata is a Southland girl who arrived in Japan in 2002, planning to stay just two years. 20 years later she is still living in Fukushima Prefecture with her Japanese husband and two children. When the triple disaster hit in 2011, Jayne made the commitment to stay in Fukushima and contribute to rebuilding the area. She is the host of the award winning podcast Transformations with Jayne, which is a favourite with international women living in Japan. She is also the double award winning podcast producer and manager for PodLaunch with Jayne.