Expert to Discuss Success of Japanese Companies, CEOs Despite Global Downturn

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University hosts “Rediscovering Japanese Business Leadership,” a presentation by Japanese journalist and economics expert Yozo Hasegawa, at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in CSU’s Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium.

The program, sponsored by CSU’s Turner College of Business and Computer Science, is free and open to the public.

The talk will be based on Hasegawa’s 2010 book, Rediscovering Japanese Business Leadership: 15 Japanese Managers and the Companies They're Leading to New Growth.

Hasegawa, a business professor for Tokyo’s Teikyo University (one of CSU’s partner institutions in Japan) and previously a senior journalist for Nikkei (Japan’s Wall Street Journal), will provide insight to the leadership skills and philosophies that have 15 global Japanese companies at forefront of their respective industries and meeting the challenges of a 21st century global economy.

The significance of “rediscovering” such factors stems from Japan’s late-1980s economic downturn that diminished the reputation of previously admired and emulated Japanese companies. However, Hasegawa makes the case that the likes of Toyota, Canon and Nintendo have proven resilient through the global financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath.

Hasagawa also includes in his group of 15 companies such names as 7-Eleven, Fast Retailing, Yamato (transport services), Kikkoman (food) and Kirin (liquor).

In addition to teaching, Hasegawa provides commentary on radio and television, including as host of a weekly television program, Top Leadership, Up Front. His earlier books include Clean Car Wars: How Honda and Toyota are Winning the Battle of the Eco-Friendly Autos; Lexus: A Challenge of Toyota; Would You Like to Work for Carlos Ghosn?; Passing on the Honda DNA; Carlos Ghosn’s 5 Revolutions; and Jack Welch & Japan’s Recovery.

In addition to his 6 p.m. public lecture, Hasagawa will speak to CSU students at 11 a.m. the same day in CCT auditorium. For more information, call CSU professor Jong Ha, the Edwin and Florette Rothschild Chair of Business Administration and Leadership, at 706-562-1662.