Doing Business in Japan by Michael Alfant
In this session, Mike will talk about most important things about doing business in Japan such as hiring in Japan, and what has worked for you and your businesses. Terms of the tech industry and Japan, and the thoughts on what Japan does well and what they don’t.
Mr. Michael Alfant is the Group Chairman and CEO of Fusion Systems Group, a multinational fintech firm focused on providing Business Technology and Systems across Asia. Mr. Alfant started Fusion Systems in 1992 and led it to a $60m acquisition by IMRglobal Corporation (NASDAQ: IMRS) in 1999. Fusion Systems was re-launched as a Fintech/IT specialist organization in 2005. Michael has founded over 20 technology companies over the past 30 years throughout Asia Pacific, including Japan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, and the United States with multiple successful exits during that time. Mr Alfant served two terms as President and one term as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, 2011-2013, encompassing the period of the Tohoku earthquake and its aftermath. Michael's leadership during that time was instrumental in the ACCJ being awarded the "Peace Through Commerce" medal by the United States government.
In addition, Michael served as the elected President of the Tokyo American Club, 2017-2020, leading that organization through the period of the COVID pandemic. Mr. Alfant maintains an active schedule of volunteer activities including as a Board member for HOPE Japan and as a guest lecturer at various Japanese Universities. In addition he has served on the Boards of multiple publicly listed technology firms in Japan and the US.
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