Lessons (besides rugby) that Japan can teach South Africa

Japan taught us some rugby lessons over the weekend.

What business lessons can we learn from Japan?

Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice-president for Toyota South Africa, lived in Japan for two and a half years.

He told The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield about the business lessons we can learn from the amazing Japanese.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

Rugby is popular in Japan and growing.

Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice-president for Toyota South Africa

The Japanese have a tremendous capacity to plan. They don’t like risks.

Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice-president for Toyota South Africa

The Japanese played the game like it was a final. They really prepared well and showed tremendous courage. That tenacity is definitely part of their culture.

Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice-president for Toyota South Africa

Japan has a real vision for the future.

Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice-president for Toyota South Africa

Japan is very homogenous.

Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice-president for Toyota South Africa

The Japanese have an incredible work ethic.

Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice-president for Toyota South Africa

The Japanese have, for years, struggled with a very strong currency. That has now changed and I think we’re likely to see them becoming a stronger player in future.

Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice-president for Toyota South Africa

Japanese exports are improving.

Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice-president for Toyota South Africa

The Japanese government and business work very well together.

Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice-president for Toyota South Africa

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