'About Japan' webinar series 216: Importance and Advantages of Interim Management for Strategic Business Development in Japan

19-09-2023 | 10:30 - 11:30 CET

What are the Advantages and Typical Use Cases of Interim Management for Business Development in Japan?

When it comes to interim management, many people think of crisis management or corporate restructuring. However, the temporary takeover of business activities by an experienced interim manager can be an interesting and cost-effective solution, especially in the phase of building up or expanding business in the Japanese market. Another reason for Interim Management is if companies are not satisfied with the development of the Japan business by their partner or the existing representation office in Japan and if they plan a strategic reorientation, including new staff and structural changes. Interim Management is also interesting for companies that want or need to be present on the Japanese market quickly, perhaps due to the rapid increase in demand. In order to enable immediate operation of the representative office, interim management can be a flexible, effective and cost-effective solution.

The webinar is targeted to small and medium-sized companies in the EU which:

  1. already have some business in Japan, but do not have a representative in Japan yet and urgently need a person for interim management of clients and orders.
  2. already have an established business in Japan, but are somewhat unsatisfied with the current partner, current distribution network, or business strategy, and urgently need an interim manager for change management.

In 40 minutes from your desk, discover:

  • basic information on interim management solutions in comparison with other management forms with a special focus on the Japanese way of business
  • an insight into examples of real cases of using interim management solutions in the Japanese business environment
  • practical advice and recommendations for implementing interim solutions


  • Introduction
  • Expert’s presentation
  • Q&A Session
  • Conclusion

Registration deadline: 18 September 2023

Speakers: Wilhelm Meemken, Managing Director & Founder, ECOS GmbH; Johanna Schilling, Managing Director & CEO, ECOS GmbH

Wilhelm Meemken is the founder and managing director of ECOS. He has more than 30 years of experience in Japanese business and in German-Japanese project work for ministries and companies in both countries. The knowledge of the German-Japanese ECOS team and the extensive network in Japan and Germany make ECOS one of the leading consultancies in Germany in the fields of sustainable business and energy with regard to cooperation with Japan.

Johanna Schilling started at ECOS Consult in January 2000 as a project manager and became Managing Director in 2021. From 1992 to 1998 Johanna Schilling studied Japanese and German at the University of Trier. She also spent a year studying at the Chiba State University in Japan on a scholarship of the Japanese Ministry of Education Culture and the German Academic Exchange Service. She is fluent in Japanese and has special expertise in German-Japanese cooperation in the areas of project management, business consulting, public relations, trade fair participation, event moderation and management training.

Moderator: Sofia Smerzi, Business Support Coordinator, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

Organizer: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation - Brussels Office



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