8 Top Business Opportunities in Japan for 2018

There are many business opportunities in Japan available to the foreign entrepreneur who is ready to embrace Japanese language, culture and institute business practices which are quite a bit different than those used in other parts of the world.

8 Top Business Opportunities in Japan for 2018

The unique challenges that doing business in Japan presents are more than offset by the potential for establishing a profitable company that will flourish in Japan’s burgeoning economy. In addition, the Japanese government is eager to help foreign-owned businesses establish themselves in the country, in order to “boost foreign investment and international competitiveness.”  

Here are some of the most exciting business opportunities available in Japan:

Food Service

Opening an ethnic restaurant is one of the top business opportunities in Japan. Just as Japanese restaurants flourish in other countries, and not necessarily in those neighborhoods with a large Japanese population, ethnic restaurants will also thrive in Japan. Foodies are foodies all over the world. Advertising one’s cuisine as “authentic” and prepared by chefs from the appropriate region will be a selling point.   Review sites such as TripAdvisor give ethnic restaurants free publicity. For example, here are reviews for “American restaurants in Tokyo.”

Fashion Retail

People in all countries love to follow fashion trends, and Japan is no exception. A company that can be a trendsetter with clothing or jewelry will find a ready market among Japanese men and women, and a niche market among Japanese teens. Osaka is home to the popular Amerikamura, for example.

Import/Export

The business of exporting Japanese goods, in particular antiques, is another top opportunity for the entrepreneur. Importing antique furniture does not have quite the same appeal, as the Japanese do tend to “buy Japanese first” in that regard, but other items such as American-made clothing are popular.

Foreign Travel Services

The Japanese love to travel to other countries. A travel agency can focus on building tours and vacations for the Japanese. Another niche opportunity is to focus on foreign expats living in Japan who wish to return home for a variety of reasons.  English speaking visitors to Japan also seek out guided tours and travel agents who speak their language and are also highly knowledgeable about the country. 28 million foreign tourists visited Japan in 2017.

Language Schools

Anyone from a sole proprietor to a company of dozens of individuals will find that the language school sector is a thriving market. Teaching one’s language as a second language does not actually require that one know Japanese, but the principals of the business will still need to know the language or have someone on board who does. Although such language schools are popular, it’s important for educators to understand Japanese culture.

Translation Services

With the emergence of global markets, Japanese companies both large and small are placing their services for sale via business websites. Translation from Japanese to other languages, or simply proofing websites once they have been translated to the appropriate language, is a top business niche in Japan.

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5 Email Marketing Services for Small Business

Do you have an email marketing strategy in place for your small business? If you are a really small business, you might not think that email marketing is for you. Truth is that all email marketing is for you. Email marketing has been and will continue to be an effective means of marketing to potential clients and current clients.

5 Email Marketing Services for Small Business

More than 3.7 million people worldwide use email and we are willing to bet that some of those people are in your target audience. If you think that email marketing is a thing of the past, think again. If you look back over the past year, it isn’t unlikely that you’ve been in your email, saw a note from a list you’d subscribed to and clicked through to make a purchase of a product you’d forgot in your cart.

Email marketing is sophisticated these days and that means that you have to use the best email marketing services for small business to help you stay afloat when you are working toward your goal or email marketing mastery.

With all of the options that you have for email marketing services, how do you know which ones are the best? Which ones are going to allow you to get the best results? There are a lot of great options out there and we are going to go over 5 with you today.

1. Constant Contact

One of the largest and fastest growing email service providers online, Constant Contact is one of the easiest to use and most beginner friendly services around. Whether you need to manage your list, contacts, templates or any other aspects of your email marketing, this service keeps it simple.

When you get started, your account gets access to tracking and reporting that you can actually understand. You also get built-in social media sharing tools and you can store up to 1GB in the image library.

You can contact their support team through live chat or email and you can go through the wide library of resources. If you want more hands-on training, you can get together in your local area for a live seminar or get on a live webinar which is invaluable to the small business owner.

If you want to get Constant Contact for your small business, there is a 60-day free trial without credit card requirement and then your pricing is $20 per month.

2. Get Response

GetResponse is another beginner friendly option. You can even get a training course through them for free that will walk you through email marketing and how to get the best out of your campaigns.

There are various automation tools as well as easy ways to manage your lists and perform tasks like list hygiene. If you want to segment your list and market to different people with different messages, you are able to do this through GetResponse.

You can use the drag and drop email builder to put together beautifully done emails and craft campaigns that will get …

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