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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.



JETRO is an organization based in San Francisco. It stands for Japan External; Trade Organization. I guess JETO sounded stupid.

When I opened up a branch to my company Silicon Valley English Communication Service which I now have sold, I went to JETRO to learn where the most Japanese expats were in Silicon Valley. They helped me and my company grew. I learned some other things, too.

JETRO is trying to call attention to the many opportunities there are in Japan. And rightfully so.

Here are a few things I learned or knew or were reminded of or….well, here they are.

Japanese consumers appreciate quality – got a very good product, emphasis on very good. The Japanese will spring for it.

Japanese still welcome foreign companies and investment as their economy begins to heat up.

Japanese Real Estate costs have been decreasing. There was only one way to go once the price hit $36,000 a square foot back in the ’90s.

Japanese workers have a very strong work ethic – in particular in Japanese women there is a huge untapped resource that combines hard work with efficiency and charm to boot!

Japanese consumers are highly discerning and noted ‘early adopters’. If you can succeed in Japan, you can succeed anywhere.

Japan is the world’s second-largest economy. If you are looking for a large market, you need to look no further.

Japan – why aren’t you doing business there?

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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