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Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship (STAJE)

(Completed) The Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship (STAJE) applies the principles of entrepreneurship to the academic domain, by creating opportunities for innovative and creative research on contemporary Japan. The long-term objective of this project is to devise new ways of studying Japan in a multi-disciplina ...

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May 21st, 2012

SPRIE hosts 4th annual Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship Conference

In Japan, research has shown that lowering failure barriers, such as reducing personal asset risk, increases new firm performance and contributes to an entrepreneur-friendly environment. SPRIE’s Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship (STAJE) is leading timely and relevant research to help us understand not only Japan, but ourselves. Read more »



December 1st, 2011

Lessons from Japan: Promoting entrepreneurship in Fukuoka

The city of Fukuoka, which was selected as one of the “Hot Cities The Top 10” by Newsweek in 2006, has been attracting the attention of foreign investors. Fukuoka now has over 800 local software and digital content companies with the number of companies increasing 20% annually. Kenjiro Takenami at Fukuoka Prefectural Government, spoke to an audience at Stanford about the government’s success in promoting entrepreneurship by supporting research and development of Ruby, an open source programming language invented in Japan. Read more »



November 11th, 2011

Panel discusses why U.S. VC money flies over Japan

Copycat firms that flourish in new niches in China are more attractive for VCs than the highly competitive and risky new technologies in Japan, the panelists noted at a seminar entitled "U.S.-Japan VC Cooperation and the Fly Over Phenomenon" organized by the SPRIE-Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship (STAJE) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Read more »



August 20th, 2011

Stanford hosts Jannovation Week participants

The Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship (STAJE) and the U.S.-Asia Technology Management Center hosted a group of young Japanese entrepreneurs and students at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. These students and entrepreneurs visited Stanford University as part of Sunbridge Partner's Jannovation (Japan-Innovation) Week. Jannovation Week is an annual five-day program for Japanese entrepreneurs and students to visit Silicon Valley and experience start-up culture, including interacting with leading start-ups in the San Francisco bay area, meeting with venture capital firms, visiting incubators, and learning from educators. Read more »



July 8th, 2011

Center responds to Japan's recent challenges, reaffirms ties

It is too soon to know the full domestic and global impact of the March 11 Great Tohoku Earthquake and its ensuing tsunami and nuclear accident. Since news of the earthquake broke, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, which has deep, longstanding ties to Japan, has closely followed and responded to this ongoing situation. Read more »



June 3rd, 2011

University IP management and the weakness of science-based entrepreneurship in Japan

Dr. Robert Kneller's recent talk examined how national systems of industry-university cooperation impact innovation by comparing the Japanese system with that of the United States. Dr. Kneller has spent 13 years with a major science and engineering research center at the University of Tokyo. Read more »



June 1st, 2011

Entrepreneurship and Japan's transformation

Over thirty-five scholars from sixteen different universities in the United States, Japan, and Europe gathered in Bechtel Hall for a two-day academic conference entitled, Entrepreneurship and Japan's Transformation. At the conference, twelve new papers exploring aspects of Japan's entrepreneurial environment were presented from academic fields such as political science, economics, strategy, and organization theory. Read more »




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