Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan

Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan


The big reason Japanese companies can’t innovate

November 12, 2019

Japanese enterprises are their own worst enemy when it comes to innovation.

In this live panel discussion, I talk about my experience driving innovation at TEPCO, and Ion and Jenson share their experiences running innovation labs. This panel was part of the btrax Design for Innovation event in Tokyo last week.

We talk about the specific challenges that Japanese companies are facing and the strategies we've used -- with varying degrees of success --  to help overcome them.

Of course, like everyone else, I always remember the most important thing to say ten minutes too late, so I've added those thoughts to the outro at the end of the podcast.

It's a great conversation with four people who really care about innovation in Japan, and I think you'll enjoy it.