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Jun 08, 2020
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If the global economy were a jungle and companies were the organisms inhabiting that environment, then the ability to adapt is absolutely essential for survival. Amid rapid globalization and ongoing disruption of industries, entire business sectors have undergone irreversible changes overnight because of the emergence of new technologies and trends. The companies that adapted their business models to the disruptions emerged more focused, streamlined and stronger.

Noritsu America Corp. President and CEO Go Yoshii

In Southern California’s own “jungle, Noritsu successfully evolved to survive the disruption in the commercial photo printing industry. Set up in Buena Park in 1978 as the North American subsidiary of what is now Noritsu Precision Co., Noritsu America Corp. has loyally served major retailers nationwide, such as Walmart, Costco and Walgreens, as well as professional photographers and studios through its high quality commercial printers.

“Since arriving in 2016, I have taken pride in being able to generate new revenue streams for the company and I’m pleased to say that our business has been growing ever since. Utilizing the high technical ability and knowledge of our engineers, we offer professional technical services to our customers. We’re very successful with companies that require highly skilled maintenance work, knowledge of what manufacturers need, and service and sales processes that scale nationwide. Our technical sales business has grown by 30 per cent since we started,” Noritsu America Corp. President and CEO Go Yoshii said.

Also, Noritsu’s pharmacy automation business is doing quite well. Last year, we entered the medical imaging space by purchasing RFI, a medical imaging company that provides service and sales of MRI, CT,  and X-ray equipment. Today, pharmacy automation and medical imaging are our most profit able business segments, Yoshii added.

Torrance: Growth driven by Japanese partners

Jun 08, 2020
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Torrance has always valued its Japanese businesses and will continue to do so. Amid the ongoing global turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Torrance is gradually reopening for business. In the past year, the city welcomed back Sanrio and Oriental Motor. 

City of Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey

On the road to recovery, the city will step up efforts to attract new investment and assist existing businesses. It plans to highlight the so-called Torrance Advantage, a promotional pitch that attracted long-time Japanese partners like Honda, ANA, Mayekawa and Morinaga.

“Our city is the proud home of many wonderful businesses. Everyone knows about the prominent Japanese business presence here and how they have contributed so much to Torrance. We will be always indebted to the great many Japanese residents and companies that have placed their confidence in our city, as well as for their contributions all these decades. Truly, the Japanese community here is one of the best parts of Torrance,” Mayor Patrick Furey said.

Meanwhile, Economic Development Manager Fran Fulton pointed out the city’s other strengths: “In terms of overall industry, biotechnology and aerospace are just two of many thriving sectors here. We also provide access to great health care and quality educational institutions.

On top of that, Torrance is one of the safest cities in Southern California and tops the list of medium-sized cities in the United States with the largest Japanese population.”

Founded as an industrial center 107 years ago, modern Torrance has grown to become a blend of commercial, industrial, and residential bliss. And soon enough, its beautiful beach will draw back the tourists.

Calsoft Systems provides complete business technology solutions

Jun 08, 2020
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When starting Calsoft Systems 25 years ago, CEO Nem Bajra foresaw the exciting potential of technology and had a vision to contribute to society by “putting humanity into IT.” Amid the continuing rise of globalization, Bajra knew that every business would need cutting-edge technology solutions to optimize its performance.

Calsoft Systems CEO Nem Bajra

As a recognized Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Calsoft Systems has built an impressive reputation in the U.S. and around the world, particularly among Japanese companies expanding to global markets, as a reliable service provider of software development, ERP systems implementation, network services and consulting.

“We’re thankful for our loyal customers. Through them, we found our success. Calsoft has always been in a unique, honored position to bridge American and Japanese business cultures. At the same time, we are a proud American company,” said Bajra, a Kyoto University graduate who got married in Japan. In 1999, Bajra recruited technology expert Bo Shao, who is now company president.

“In the beginning, our friend worked for a Japanese tour company, so we simply created software for them. The word spread and we got more business from Japanese companies,” he added.

Today, Calsoft has a diverse multilingual staff working closely with clients using the best Japanese and American management principles.

Eureka Global Solutions: Your trusted partner in navigating U.S. regulations and markets

Jun 08, 2020
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Having worked for large multinational corporations for many years, Toshiko Boyd had long nurtured a goal of founding her own company to help others. That deep and broad experience sharpened her research abilities, leadership skills and effective decision-making ability, reinforcing her desire to deliver superior service to her clients. 

Eureka Global Solutions Co-founder and President Toshiko Boyd

In 2010, Boyd launched Eureka Global Solutions to provide information and advice on products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state-level agencies. It also helps clients make marketing and distribution decisions to successfully launch their products in the U.S. market.

“Due to my extensive corporate background, my firm has been able to successfully work with Japanese companies of all sizes and business cultures. Our key consultants, which include a former senior FDA Official and a number of Ph.D.s in multiple science disciplines, have been with us since the beginning of our firm. This breadth of experience and commitment allows us to provide a great service that prioritizes our clients’ needs and concerns,” Boyd said.

This year, Eureka Global Solutions proudly marks 10 years as a trusted partner to companies that are expanding their operations in the United States. The company gives specific and actionable advice based on expertise in regulatory consultancy, business advisory, market research and consumer focus groups, among others.

Los Angeles 2020 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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