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Sep 25, 2017
byInvestment in Japan

・Laox Co., Ltd. announced the acquisition of the stock of the Ogitsu Co., Ltd. Group ・Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory completes acquisition of additional equity in its joint venture subsidiary, Otsuka Pharmaceutical India Private Limited. Click the following link for more information.Laox's announcementOtsuka's announcement

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Noriyuki Morimoto's Blog

Artist Takashi Murakami’s Management Strategy

Sep 25, 2017
byNoriyuki Morimoto

Takashi Murakami’s book “Art Entrepreneurship” (Gentosha) is a work of art in prose by a representative Japanese modern artist. I call it art because of its depth that allows it to be read in any way. The book is a long prose poem about the artist himself, and coming from deep insight into the social relevance of creative activity from a historical context, it is something close to a book of philosophy. It is also an excellent book of entrepreneurship based on thorough market analysis. On its cover are the words “super business book” in small print. Given that these words appear nowhere in the book’s pages, it must have been added by the publisher Gentosha. This little twist is also a nice part of this art piece. A well known statement of Murakami is that the modern art market is established with wealthy people in western countries as the main buyers, and art pieces do not sell well unless they match their preferences. As for the expectations of such buyers, Murakami presents the following three elements: whether it involves a suggestion of a new game, whether it involves a new interpretation of western art history, and whether it comes with a violation of rules with conviction. I think his second point is especially poignant: this was exactly the case for ukiyo-e prints. The value of ukiyo-e was discovered by foreigners. In isolated Japan, it was naturally impossible to position the homebred ukiyo-e tradition within the context of western art history. By coincidence, ukiyo-e flowed out of Japan and gained a position in western art history, resulting in the birth of ukiyo-e as an art form. Therefore, modern-day appreciation of ukiyo-e is not for ukiyo-e as Japanese art. It is an appreciation within the context of western art history. What Murakami did as an artist was to change the happenstance of ukiyo-e to a necessity. By studying western art history at an advanced and strategic level, and positioning his own art in its context, he succeeded in gaining a position at the cutting edge of the buyers’ collections. That’s why Murakami’s works sell at hefty prices. A simple extension of western art history does not sell expensively. Suggestion of a new game, a new interpretation, and violation of rules with conviction is needed. Murakami incorporated such drastic elements drawing from Japanese manga culture and otaku culture, bringing them together under his “Superflat” concept. He is an artist with a command of astonishingly deep strategy and highly technical tactics. Truly amazing.

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Sep 22, 2017
byInvestment in Japan

・Kuraray Co., Ltd. announced the acquisition of Calgon Carbon Corporation. ・Toray Industries, Inc.and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. decided on May 10, 2017 to commence a tender offer for the common shares of Soda Aromatic Co., Ltd. Click the following link for more information.Kuraray's announcementMitsui's announcement

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Mar 20, 2017
byHC Asset Management

Our CEO Noriyuki Morimoto contributed an article to 20 March issue of Weekly Financial Affairs

 

Our CEO Noriyuki Morimoto wrote “What does the merger between Trust Companies of Mizuho Group and Mitsui Sumitomo Group lead to?” for 20 March issue of Weekly Financial Affairs

Mar 10, 2017
byHC Asset Management

Our CEO Norinyuki Morimoto contributed a chapter in the textbook for Kinzai’s remote learning program. Kinzai is a leading Japanese publication specialised in finance.

 

Our CEO Noriyuki Morimoto wrote the 1st Chapter “What is fiduciary duty?” for Kinzai’s textbook “Practical Application of Fiduciary Duty Principles”

Feb 01, 2017
byHC Asset Management

Our CEO Noriyuki Morimoto contributed an article to the February issue of Monthly Energy Forum

 

His article “[TEPCO] should strive to become a top global energy utility.” was one of the feature articles for “Big Bang after dismantling of TEPCO”

Dec 02, 2016
byHC Asset Management

Our CEO Noriyuki Morimoto spoke at "Insurance Risk Management Conference 2016" organised by Moody's Analytics

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