Unraveling Japanese companies

Naonori Kimura explores the potential of Japanese businesses

Teijin cares: Group advances personal, societal health

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

Though Teijin Limited long has been known primarily as a maker of synthetic fibers, its health care business centered on...

MFA Inc. speaks for investors to help firms grow better

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

What kinds of dialogue help shareholders maximize the value of companies they invest in? How to approach investee companies varies...

Marubeni develops the ‘power of people and forests’

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

A green strategy is one of the major pillars of Marubeni Corp.’s business. Working to reinforce green-related businesses and go...

Daiwa Securities reforms the workplace and beyond

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

More than a decade ago, Daiwa Securities Group Inc. banned unlimited overtime work, a traditional workstyle that had prevailed in...

UCC ‘unlocking the power of coffee for a better world’

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

It was the increasingly uncertain business environment triggered by COVID-19 that prompted the UCC group to rethink how its values...

Care service Poppins helps women to live fuller lives

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

When the care service Poppins Corp. was founded 36 years ago, gender bias was more explicit in Japan and women’s...

Japan evolving, not ‘stagnant’: UC professor Schaede

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

It has been a long time since critics started to say Japan had entered what became its post-bubble “lost decades.”...

Mitsubishi Estate nurtures Marunouchi with new values

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

Marunouchi is a well-known business district in the heart of Japan’s capital. But not many people know that the land...

Daiwa House, building future for 68 years and counting

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

Daiwa House Industry Co. was not Japan’s first home construction business. But the company, now the biggest house builder in...

Kikkoman’s secret sauce: A taste for trying new things

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

Long before Japanese cuisine took root, as it has now in the United States, soy sauce was a familiar item...

Sumitomo Foresty’s long history of environmental consciousness

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

Sumitomo Forestry Co. always looks back on what happened to the Besshi Copper Mine in Ehime Prefecture, which opened about...

Enhancing recycling – How FPCO turned disposable trays into a valuable resource

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

What drove FP Corp. to establish its own recycling system for foam food trays earlier than any of its competitors...

Naonori Kimura

Naonori Kimura's activities include numerous advisory services such as corporate strategies including breakthroughs, strategy shifts and re-growth initiatives. He has advised clients on business management streamlining, structural reforms, financial strategy, new business development, M&A strategies, and cost competitiveness. He is currently Chairman & President of IGPI (Shanghai) Ltd. and outside director of Molten Corporation and Relia, Inc.. He is also Advisory board member of The Japan Times ESG consortium.
Prior to IGPI, he launched a venture business, worked with NCR Japan and later at Towers Perrin and Arthur D. Little Japan.
He graduated from Keio University, School of Economics, and holds an MBA from the University of Leicester and an MS in Finance from the Lancaster University. He also completed AMP in Harvard Business School.

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