Hi!  Thanks for dropping by.

I’ve been writing and speaking about Japanese startups and innovation and about Japan market entry for a very long time. More important, I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’ve started a number of companies in Japan and have lead the Japan market entry for others.

Disrupting Japan was a labor of love that has grown much larger and much faster than I ever imagined.  If you are curious about who I am and how this podcast came to be, you can find out far more than you ever wanted to know about me.

I think the best way to get started is to just start with the latest episodes, but you can also start with some of my favorites.


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Like all of the best things in life, Disrupting Japan is free. More accurately, it’s paid for by an amazing group of corporate sponsors. Sponsorship slots are limited to three per show. If you would like to support Disrupting Japan and connect with the incredibly engaged, experienced, intelligent and good-looking people that listen to the show. Send me an email at tim@you.know.the.domain, and I’ll send you the information.

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My Favorite Shows: The Fantastic Four

At least once a week, someone will ask me what my favorite episode is, and they are usually disappointed by my answer. They are all my favorite. There is not a single episode of Disrupting Japan that is not my favorite. Each guest teaches me something new, and some of the shows have crazy back-stories about how they almost never happened. Sometimes, I’ll do an interview that is not good enough to be my favorite. I don’t publish those.

They are all my favorite.

I understand that this is not a particularly helpful answer.  I get it. There is so much information here, and you want to know where to start. So I created a list of the topics I get asked about the most and selected a few of my favorite conversations on each of them. This way you can start with whatever sounds the most interesting to you.

Japanese Hardware Startups

Venture Capital in Japan

Tim’s Thoughts on Japanese Startups


 Foreign Founders

Japanese Culture