Now and Zen Japan

Now and Zen Japan

Conversations with Japan experts with a focus on business, culture, and arts. Entertaining and educational stories of success & failure and lessons learned. Discover first-hand what it’s like to live, work, and experience the most fascinating country in the world. Direct from Tokyo, this is the Now and Zen Podcast!

Recent Episodes

Tyson Batino: Serial Entrepreneur & Small Business Advisor

May 7, 2022

Serial entrepreneur Tyson Batino, founder of three businesses in Japan including the successful English school chain One Coin English, is the guest this episode. His latest business is 'Scaling Your Company' where he advise…

Yuko Tamura: "Rebellious" Writer and Editor of Japonica

April 23, 2022

If you are a regular listener to Now and Zen, you'll know many of my fascinating guests are non-Japanese living in Japan. So it's always fun to have a bi-cultural Japanese guest on the show and hear their insights and perspe…

Frank Packard: Alternative Investment Specialist

April 7, 2022

This episode I step outside my comfort zone and talk about investing with Alternative Investment Specialist Frank Packard. Specifically we discuss Passion Investing, things like art, watches, and fine wine. What are the opp…

Nikhil Gupte: Managing Dir. Barilla Japan. Expanding Italian Pasta in Japan

March 24, 2022

A very entertaining conversation all about the Italian pasta business in Japan. This episode you meet Nikhil Gupte the Managing Director for Barilla Japan. Barilla is a 145 year old family owned Italian food company and Ni…

David Clement: Corporate entrepreneur. Stories from 22 years of selling in Japan

March 10, 2022

I thought it might be a challenge to interview my old friend David Clement. After-all we both grew up in the same small town and have known each other in Japan for over 20 years. However, his wisdom, Japan insight, and most …

Ugo Bataillard: Food & Beverage Consulting & Innovation CEO

Feb. 27, 2022

Fascinating innovations are happening in the food & beverage industry around the world and Ugo Bataillard is introducing them to Japan. Ugo is the Founder and CEO of GourmetPro, a startup which began as a Japan market-entry…