How to... Start a Successful Business in Japan

JMECAA Professional Development Salon

Have you ever thought about starting your own business here in Japan? Whether you are keen to start one in the future, or already running a business and seeking a way to move up to the next level, this salon will give you a unique opportunity to discuss best practice and strategy and gain know-how from our panel of local entrepreneurs. These successful business owners will share their experiences with us including what inspired them to take the entrepreneurial road and what obstacles they have had to overcome along their journey. The panel discussion and Q&A will be followed by a networking mixer where you can exchange ideas with like-minded people. We hope this salon will give you the inspiration and the tools you need to start your own successful business in Japan.

This event is being co-hosted with the America Japan Society and is also a great opportunity to network with their members.


Robert Heldt, President at Custom Media K.K., JMEC 14

After a career in hospitality and advertising, Robert founded Custom Media in 2008 and has since led the company to expand into several areas of the media industry, especially digital. He manages a diverse and talented team of creative staff producing digital media, magazines, branding and communications for clients entering or expanding in the competitive Japan market.

Sunil Kulkarni, President at Fidel Technologies, JMEC 7

Fidel Technologies is an Software & Localization services provider firm with offices in Tokyo & India(Pune & Bangalore). Fidel works with global companies and helps them localize their products & services for local markets. This includes translation in various languages & testing on various web & mobile platforms. Further Fidel develops innovative software for enterprise & financial firms in the areas of mobile, data analytics & IOT. As a president, Sunil focuses on hiring of core group members and identify newer business models.

Todd Stevens, President atBEER CATS, JMEC 16

Todd is an avid consumer of alcoholic beverages; he started homebrewing beer at 19 years old and achieved his Wine Sommelier Certification at age 22 while simultaneously attending the University of Washington and managing a Seattle wine bar full time. Todd came to Japan in 2009 and joined Wine Importer Orca International working in Marketing and Consumer Sales. After four years of working for Orca Todd took an opportunity with another wine company but quickly realized that the company culture didn't match with his values. Within 2 months Todd founded Beer Cats, a Craft Beer Importer and Distributor with over 120 points of distribution all across Japan.

Thu Mar 5, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM JST
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Venue Address
11-28, Akasaka 1-Chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan