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

Alvin Tan: 6 Controversial Reasons Foreigners should work for Japanese Companies

Nov. 24, 2022

Have you ever thought about working for a Japanese company in Japan, but were turned off by all the stories of long hours, low pay, slow career path, no incentives for performance, archaic hierarchy rule setting, social drin…

Kiyoshi Matsumoto: Author of Japan Unmasked

Oct. 15, 2022

This episode we deep-dive into well-know, but often misunderstood Japanese culture topics with Kiyoshi Matsumoto. Kiyoshi is the author of the book “Japan Unmasked, Understanding Japan and its people”. Kiyoshi is Japanese …

Federico Fanelli: Swirl Wine the Personalized Wine Subscription Service

Sept. 27, 2022

Drinking wine should be a relaxing event and lifestyle enhancer, at least this is how Swirl co-founder Federico Fanelli views it. Originally from Italy, Federico came to Japan on a mission to introduce the wine lifestyle to …

Dominic Carter: Japan Market Entry and Branding Expert (Rerelease)

Sept. 11, 2022

This episode you will hear from Dominic Carter, an expert on Japan market entry, market research, and branding. Dominic shares great insight, knowledge, and current research results, for anyone working in Japan or looking to…

Sean Nichols: Japan Entertainment industry insider & Ultraman actor

Aug. 24, 2022

Sean Nichols has been an entertainer on Japanese TV, a Manzai stand-up comedian, the global representative for Japan's biggest YouTuber, went on tour with Aerosmith, but is most famous for his starring role in the Ultraman…

Masako Yamamura: Hospitality and Retail Training Professional

Aug. 11, 2022

This updated and re-released episode we get into Hospitality and Retail with professional sales and leadership trainer Masako Yamamura. We discuss Omotenashi possibly leading to world peace, Bartenders are the most fun hos…