Sony Group Corporation (6758.T) is the third-largest consumer electronics company in the world by market capitalization. The company that once started as a manufacturer of rice cookers has become well known with some iconic products such as walkmans, digital cameras, videocams, PlayStations, and some famous blockbuster movie productions. Continue reading “SONY – Fighting a Tough Competition”
Hitachi Ltd (6501.T) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation that operates eight business segments: IT, Energy, Industry, Mobility, Smart Life, Automotive Systems, Construction Machinery, Metals, and others. The company is ranked 133rd on the latest Forbes Global 2000 list.
Over the last fifteen years, Hitachi strongly reduced the number of its listed group companies and consolidated subsidiaries through restructuring and sell-offs. The company plans to become a specialist in IT and infrastructure maintenance in the near future. Continue reading “Hitachi – The Restructuring is Bearing Fruit”
Shimano Inc. (7309.T) is a Japanese premium parts giant for bicycle components, fishing tackles, and rowing equipment. The company celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and is on Forbes’ Global 2000 list. Shimano operates in three business segments. Bicycle components, including freewheels, front gears, transmissions, brakes, and other bicycle components, account for 80 percent of the revenues and 83 percent of the profits. Continue reading “Shimano – Cycling is Booming”
Fuji Corporation (6134.T) is a Japan-based international leading manufacturer of robotic mounters and machine tools for the electronic industry. The company is specialized in all areas of a smart factory with high-flexible, high-mix, and high-volume mounting systems for electronic components. Continue reading “Fuji Corporation – Smart Factory, Smart Profits”
Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd. (3382.T) is the world’s largest convenience store operator and the fifteenth largest retailer in the world. Besides its popular 7-Eleven convenience stores, the company operates superstores, department stores (SOGO & SEIBU), specialty stores, and payment and financial services. Seven & i Holdings operates today more than 70 thousand stores in 18 countries. The company is on Forbes’ Global 2000 list. Continue reading “Seven & i – Convenience is King”
Rakuten, Inc. (4755.T) is the sixth-largest e-commerce company in the world and is often referred to as ‘the Amazon of Japan.’ Besides e-commerce, the company has built up a comprehensive ecosystem that includes travel, advertising, membership cards, sport and event management, bank, securities trading, insurances, communication and messaging services, TV, digital content, and many more services. Rakuten runs a sophisticated loyalty program that encourages customers to cross-use all services in this ecosystem. Continue reading “Rakuten – Underestimated Potential?”