The Most Valuable Companies of Japan

Title in Japanese Nihon de Ichiban Taisetsu ni Shitai Kaisha
ISBN-10 4860632486
ISBN-13 978-4860632489
Total pages 207
Size 18.8 x 13 x 2.2 cm
Language Japanese
Publisher ASA PUBLISHING CO., LTD. (Mar 21, 2008)


"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 book will introduce 5 real-life examples that have proven this very model of corporate management is valid.

Table of contents

Prologue:Most important thing for a business
Valued Company 1: Nihon Rikagaku Industry Co.,Ltd., Kwasaki City, Kanagawa
Created working environment where challenged people find their role and appreciated.

Valued Company 2: Ina Food Industry Co., Ltd., Ina City, Nagoya
Continued revenue and profit increase for 48 years with the management aiming at happiness of employees and strategy avoiding competition.

Valued Company 3: Nakamura Brace Co.,Ltd., Ohta City, Shimane
A company that supports people attracts people all over Japan to work, and attracts customers all over the world.

Valued Company 4: Ryugetsu Co.,Ltd., .Otohuke, Hokkaido
A confectionary manufacturer ties bonds of families and connects hearts in local community.

Valued Company 5: Sugiyama Fruits., Fuji City, Shizuoka
Brilliant fruit shop really appreciated by the customers.


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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