David Blecken
Apr 13, 2018

The state of Japan's new economy

Marc Benioff, John Zimmer and Shinjiro Koizumi were among the speakers at the New Economy Summit 2018 in Tokyo discussing Japan's future. Here are some key takeaways:

From left: Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani; Yoshiki of X Japan; Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff

Lyft is keen to enter Japan

John Zimmer, the ride-hailing company’s co-founder and president, said he would “love to be in Japan and we’ll be looking at that possibility”. He added that the regulatory framework would “play a larger role than in other markets” given the level of protection for taxi companies. Brands such as Uber have struggled to gain traction in Japan, but the company is exploring new options that include partnering with taxi...

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