about

Derrick T

Thank you for visiting Kansai Business Break. My name is Derrick Tran and I am a professional development coach based in Kyoto Japan. I have been living in Japan for over 10 years and find myself in the second most populous area of Japan, Kansai.

It is home to over 20 million people with the vast majority based in the cultural city of Kyoto, the mercantile city of Osaka, and the cosmopolitan city of Kobe. Over the past few years, I have met many people with various backgrounds and vocations and the one question I often hear is, “How do I start a business in Japan?”

In Western countries, entrepreneurial spirit is nurtured and encouraged with big business and governments doing their part to support and create value. Can the same be true for someone in Japan? Is there a sense of value with building companies and communities in Japan? Is there an equal sense of urgency?

Japan is still a wonderful place to start a business and build communities that solve specific problems and add value for users. Even with access to the latest information and technologies at our fingertips, people with aspirations are still hesitant in taking the leap over the knowing-doing gap.

Where do I start? Who do I talk to? What choices do I have? What is holding me back? The inner chatter of self-doubt gets in the way of the journeys and discoveries that will bring answers to these questions. Once you are aware of the possibilities, there is no denying our sense of curiosity of what could be.

These opportunities emerge with the gathering of like-minded individuals and groups that want to discover what it takes to make a difference for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Follow me on my journey of finding out what it takes to be an entrepreneur in Japan. I will talk to and learn from current entrepreneurs who share their experiences forward. Through these encounters I hope you will find the answers that will help you make that leap over the knowing-doing gap and put your plans into action.

Curious? Connect. Communicate. Collaborate.