The Most Valuable Companies of Japan 3

Title in Japanese Nihon de Ichiban Taisetsu ni Shitai Kaisha 3
Author
ISBN-10 486063487X
ISBN-13 978-4860634872
Total pages 257
Size 18.6 x 13 x 2 cm
Language Japanese
Publisher ASA PUBLISHING CO., LTD. (Dec 6, 2011)

Synopsis

Third in “The Most Valuable Companies of Japan” series, this volume contains miraculous stories of seven different companies. "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: TOKUTAKE INDUSTRIES CO., LTD [direct translation as none found online] (Sanuki City, Kagawa)
A footwear company that receives countless support and appreciation from the elderly.

Valued Company #2: Chuo Taxi Co., Ltd. (Nagano City, Nagano)
Creating a taxi business from their ambition to “give happiness a lift”.

Valued Company #3: Japan Laser Corp. (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
A corporation that has achieved complete independence from its parent company. Their company motto is “all for the employees’ sake”.

Valued Company #4: Laguna Publishing Inc. (Kagoshima City, Kagoshima)
Creating a bond between workplaces and the mentally challenged.

Valued Company #5: OTANI. (Niigata City, Niigata)
Japan’s largest signature seal company that puts effort in employing the disabled (handicapped?).

Valued Company #6: SHIMANE DENKO Co., Ltd. (Matsue City, Shimane)
An employee, region, and customer-friendly company that continues its growth despite the recession.

Valued Company #7: SEIGETSUKI Co., Ltd. (Sendai City, Miyagi)
An undertaker business that protected human dignity in the Great East Japan Earthquake by excavating corpses and providing temporary funeral services.

Recommendation

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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