Business and Management

Informing Japanese investment in Czech Republic

Norifumi Kawai (Lecturer in International Business), Lisa Blatch (Tutorial Fellow in Strategy)

Dr Kawai  is working with key people and institutions in government and industry in the Czech Republic to help inform the activities of Japanese investors in the Czech Republic. 

The volume of Japanese foreign direct investment into the Czech Republic ranks second after that of Germany. There are some 232 Japanese companies in the country investing $3 billion and employing over 44,000 Czechs.

Based on his extensive research Japanese, Korean and Chinese Multinational Enterprises in Europe, Dr Norifumi is sharing his expert knowledge on strategy, structure, and performance with:

  • The President of the Czech Republic and other Czech ministers including the Minister of Industry and Trade, and the Minister of Regional Development
  • CEOs of Japanese Multinational companies in the country, notably Panasonic, Mitsubishi and Toyota,
  • Japanese, German and French diplomats and ambassadors

Dr Kawai has developed a comparative analysis of the impact of Japanese Multinational Corporations to the Czech economy, compared with investors from People’s Republic of China and Republic of Korea.

Invited by the Japanese Exchange Trade Organisation, in co-ordination with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Czech Republic as well as the Japanese Embassy in Czech Republic Dr Kawai's analysis plays a key role in informing the activities of Japanese investors in the Czech Republic.