Market research, as we all know, is equal parts art and science. And yet, many big brands overlook the art part of the equation when entering a new market or launching a new product.
Industrial designers and tech creators have come a long, long way in terms of incorporating usability into products and environments. Early Unix systems famously had no “save” feature, for instance, and incalculable hours of work were lost.
Japan is meeting the era of Reiwa with unprecedented growth in the elder age brackets and declining numbers among the young.
Developing tech-enabled products and services that assist us as we age is a relatively new frontier. However, the vision of a world where people in advanced years can meaningfully participate in society and overcome the physical and cognitive challenges of age is slowly but steadily becoming a reality.
Over the past 10 to 15 years, Japanese marketers have wholeheartedly embraced the symbology of sustainability. Notions of ‘green’ and ‘eco’ and ‘human’ have proliferated in aesthetic terms.
For many, one of the toughest challenges in developing one’s values set is navigating through extremes. There is a temptation to assume simplistic (or unbalanced) worldviews that provide a sense of security.
Every country has them, and Japan is no different. I’m talking about “the fearful fringe.” These are the people who fundamentally lack trust in their security, either personally or for the country at large.
You’ve heard it said that ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast.’ More than once, probably. It’s become a part of corporate vernacular, a buzz phrase designed to espouse the virtues of building a strong company culture over focusing simply on business strategy.
CarterJMRN has been tracking daily social media usage among the general public aged 16-69 via our Japan Consumer Sentiment Survey since 2017.
One definition of progress is that Japan should move its society from one based on traditional values - highly protective of change and respectful of continuity and stability - to one of openness and free market competition.