The Most Valuable Companies of Japan 4

Title in Japanese Nihon de Ichiban Taisetsu ni Shitai Kaisha 4
ISBN-10 4860636511
ISBN-13 978-4860636517
Total pages 227
Size 18.8 x 13 x 2.4 cm
Language Japanese
Publisher ASA PUBLISHING CO., LTD. (Nov 18, 2013)


The long-awaited fourth book in the series "The Most Valuable Companies of Japan" . This time the book will introduce 5 companies, ranging from industry top companies to blue chip companies that haven't been in the red for the past 71 years. "The Most Valuable Companies of Japan" came out of the efforts of visiting and interviewing approximately 7,000 different companies across Japan. On the contrary to the general view that company belongs to stockholders, and the goals of company management are customer satisfaction and maximization of stock value, the author place priority first on employees. It is only when the employees themselves are satisfied working for the company that they can bring happiness to the customers. It is only when customers are satisfied that the company can make a profit, and as result make stockholders happy. The companies referred have proven this very model of corporate management is valid.

Table of Contents:

Valued Company #1: Komatsu Confectioneries/ Iwateya (Ninohe City, Iwate)
A company that manages an "effective supply" in a declining senbei/Japanese rice cracker industry.

Valued Company #2: BANDO-TARO (Koga City, Ibaraki)
With "love for all" and "filial piety" as their management philosophy, this restaurant full of happiness has been loved through four generations.

Valued Company #3: KYOWA JAPAN HOLDINGS CO., LTD (Chiyoda City, Tokyo)
A company that brings happiness through Japanese elementary school book bags.

Valued Company #4: TOKAIBANE MFG. CO., LTD (Osaka City, Osaka)
This small town coil spring factory spirit has been supporting Japan's manufacturing capabilities.

Valued Company #5: Tsukushi Rehabilitation Group for the Physically Handicapped [no direct English translation, (Onojo City, Fukuoka)
Promoting independence for the handicapped by having them pioneer and create areas of employment on their own.


Professor Sakamoto's claim that "companies should make place the greatest priority on employees and families "and the true, touching stories of existing companies have gained the sympathy of many readers. As a "business book that will move the heart of people", this book has been picked up by various mainstream media sources. The companies referred to this book achieve constant increase of revenue and profit with the satisfied employee, while stay away from fierce capitalistic means. As utopic as it may seem, this could be achievable by any company. You will understand why these companies are so valuable to Japan and will realize deeper meaning of working.

Naho Kasukawa

About the author

Koji Sakamoto, former professor of Hamamatsu University and Shizuoka University of Art and Culture. Appointed as professor of Hosei Graduate School of Regional Policy Design as well as Hosei Business School of Innovation Management in April 2008. Campus Director of Hosei Graduate School Satellite Campus Shizuoka. Chairman of Non-profit organization All Shizuoka Best Community. Aside from the above, Sakamoto is a council member for multiple country, prefecture and city committees. His specialties lie in small-medium enterprise management, regional economics, and industrial welfare.

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