May 17, 2024 – The importance of continuous digital innovations cannot be overstated, especially on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. These innovations serve as the cornerstone for connecting diverse functional domains and converting challenges into actionable initiatives. Active leadership involvement is pivotal, fostering collaboration with technology partners and sharing creative insights.

The journey towards sustainable digital transformation begins with accessible internet, robust data infrastructure, and the creation of new digital job opportunities. Through prioritizing cybersecurity, enhancing digital literacy, and fostering skill development, we pave the way for widespread transformation across all sectors. Let us seize the opportunity today to shape a digitally empowered tomorrow.

Albertus Edy Rianto, Senior Manager, YAMADA Consulting & Spire

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In his weekly column for the Woman’s Economy Newspaper of Korea, Dr. Justin Hanse Lee, Managing Director of YAMADA Consulting & Spire Korea, offers a comprehensive guide to selecting the most suitable nursing home for the elderly based on their unique medical needs, financial resources, and location.

Navigating through over 1,400 nursing homes in Korea is a considerable challenge when finding the perfect fit for elderly individuals. Dr. Lee emphasizes the importance of understanding each patient’s specific medical requirements and financial situation. These factors, along with proximity to the patient’s home for convenient visits, serve as crucial decision-making criteria. 

Dr. Lee delves into various specialized care options, recommending nursing homes tailored to specific conditions such as dementia, rehabilitation, cancer, dialysis, pressure ulcers, and end-of-life care. For dementia patients, specialized facilities equipped to address behavioral and psychological symptoms are essential.

Similarly, rehabilitation centers offering physical and cognitive therapy are vital for individuals with neurological or musculoskeletal injuries. Patients with chronic conditions like cancer, chronic liver diseases, or pressure ulcers require specialized care homes catering to their unique needs, treatment methods, and dietary requirements. He highlights the significance of facilities offering a wide range of treatment options and expert medical staff. 

Moreover, for patients traumatized by physical restraints or caregiver abuse, dignity care centers providing comprehensive programs to enhance patient comfort are recommended. When considering end-of-life care, hospices stand out for their focus on pain relief and symptom management.

Additionally, he discusses the availability of upper-level rooms in nursing homes, albeit expensive, offering premium amenities and environments. However, he stresses that the quality of caregivers remains the most critical factor in selecting a nursing home, surpassing even the facility’s offerings and financial considerations. 

For a detailed insight into the details of different nursing homes in Korea, click here to read Dr. Lee’s column. 

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YAMADA Consulting & Spire’s Head of Growth Strategy, Takafumi Kuramoto, recently appeared in a TV interview by Nikkei CNBC to talk about the growing spotlight on meat alternatives, what’s driving it, and where the business opportunities are.   

There has been a renewed focus on developing alternatives to meat, as part of the development of next-generation food products. Recent food shortages, loss and supply disruptions have accelerated sustainability initiatives across industries and countries, and the growing number of health-conscious consumers are among the factors driving this trend.   

Y&S Head of Growth Strategy, Takafumi Kuramoto, shared these insights in a televised interview with Nikkei CNBC’s World Watch segment of the Morning Express show on 19 April 2024. During the interview, he also talked about the market growth potential for meat alternatives, especially in larger economies such as Europe, the US, India and China, where veganism and vegetarianism as lifestyle choices are becoming popular.   

Takafumi also went into detail about the development and business challenges posed by the different types of meat alternatives – plant meat, currently the largest category; as well as microbial fermentation, and cultured meat. Plant meat, for example, is not popular with those in favor of carbon dioxide reduction, while cultured meat is expensive because of the cost of extracting and growing cells from animals.

He surveyed the current investment and business initiatives in the various meat alternative segments, and talked about the various business and R&D initiatives to increase manufacturing, sales, and marketing of meat alternatives in Japan, Asia-Pacific and beyond.   

The details that Takafumi shared in the interview can be found in the report Business Opportunities for Next Generation Foods and Success Patterns of Entrants: https://www.ycg-advisory.jp/learning/oversea_186/  

Information about the programme 

Channel: Nikkei CNBC 
Date and time: 19 April 2024; 10:15am~10:28am Live broadcast 
Appearance corner: Guest talk 
The Morning Express https://www.nikkei-cnbc.co.jp/program/asa 
Theme: World Watch “Meat Alternative Market Outlook”

 

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Y&S COO, Jeffrey Bahar, was invited to a roundtable discussion on the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to a circular economy in ASEAN.

The circular economy is an economic system designed to minimize waste and maximize the reuse and recycling of resources. The goal is to create a more sustainable and efficient economy that reduces environmental impact while fostering economic growth.

The ASEAN Framework for Circular Economy was adopted in October 2021 to assist member states achieve climate objectives and drive a sustainable post-pandemic recovery. The framework attempts to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy within the region and foster green growth and resilience. However, navigating the complexities of this transition presents unique challenges for the ASEAN region.

On 4 April 2024, stakeholders from the government, industry, academia, and civil society convened at the ASEAN Circular Economy Roundtable to share their insights, thoughts, and ideas on the challenges and opportunities presented by the shift to a circular economy in ASEAN.

YAMADA Consulting & Spire’s Chief Operating Officer, Jeffrey Bahar, was part of the panel of speakers at the roundtable discussion. He started his comments by stressing that the first step in increasing awareness of circular economy lies in identifying the key stakeholders for each of the five strategic priorities. And he believes that the low-hanging fruits on the list are the product and services related to the circular economy and financing and investment. By involving the private sector that focuses on commercially-viable businesses and addressing the main barrier of initial investment requirements through the green financing support of financial institutions, it will make them the first-movers among the key strategic priorities.

Jeffrey also introduced the concept of reverse logistics into the discussion. Reverse logistics can play a crucial role in the circular economy by facilitating the return, refurbishment, and redistribution of products and materials at the end of their life cycle.

He gave the example of returning packaging crates and pellets, and explained that reverse logistics can be applied to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. He believes that it is a win-win combination when companies adopt reverse logistics as a brand principle and support it in the value chain. By integrating reverse logistics systems, businesses can recover valuable resources, reduce waste, and minimize environmental impact, thereby contributing to the circular economy’s goals of resource efficiency and sustainability.

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April 26, 2024 – Generative AI enables machines to create various forms of content using available knowledge, raising legal questions about using copyrighted material to train AI. These issues echo past debates on content accessibility with the intention of “training” people through technologies like the Internet and previously vinyl and CD/DVD recording.

Regardless of legal stances, it underscores the need to protect the rights of content creators, such as artists, thinkers, and innovators, and ensure fair compensation, especially on World Intellectual Property Day. Without such safeguards, future generations risk being robbed of the best fruits of humanity’s creative minds. 

Leon Perera, Chairman of the Board, YAMADA Consulting & Spire

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Dr. Justin Hanse Lee, Managing Director of YAMADA Consulting & Spire Korea, shares his extensive research and categorization of silver towns in Korea in a weekly column of the Women’s Economic Newspaper, a Korea-based media.

In his column, Dr. Lee, an expert on Korea’s senior care industry, provides valuable insights into the country’s “silver towns”, or comprehensive retirement communities. He outlines five distinct types of silver towns and compares each in terms of the deposit amounts and living costs required for each, as well as the suitability of each type for seniors with different economic means, preferences, and levels of physical and mental health. The article is intended to help readers make informed decisions as they plan for their twilight years ahead.

He shares that the “for-sale” silver towns, established before or around 2015, offer a more affordable option resembling conventional apartments suitable for active seniors who enjoy interaction and cooking. Conversely, “monthly rent” silver towns, one of the latest models, provide care services with slightly higher management fees but offer flexibility in age limits for physically and mentally healthy seniors.

For those with lower economic means, “low-end” silver towns managed by religious or public institutions offer affordable living options with inclusive monthly costs not exceeding 1.5 million won (approximately US$1,100), inclusive of meals. With long waiting lists and restrictions for those over 80, “mid-range” silver towns strike a balance between cost and amenities with monthly costs ranging between 1.5 to 2.5 million won (approximately US$1,100 to US$1,800). Lastly, “high-end” silver towns, operated by large corporations, target seniors with significant financial resources, boasting top-notch facilities and services with deposits for just moving in lying in the range of 400-900 million won (approximately US$0.3 million – US$0.6 million).

For a detailed comparison of different silver towns, including security deposits and monthly costs, click here to read Dr. Lee’s column.

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Japnit Singh, Chief Operating Officer of YAMADA Consulting & Spire, explains to Marketing Interactive, a respected regional industry media, the pivotal role Market Research plays in guiding companies through economic uncertainties towards sustainable growth. Despite challenges like declining inflation and geopolitical tensions affecting supply chains, businesses strive to enhance revenue and profitability, often resorting to fundamental strategies like organic growth or Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A). 

Recognizing the need for a growth pivot—a strategic move lifting their growth from an acquisition, new partnership, brand re-engineering, or launching new products—executives face both internal and external challenges, including evolving consumer preferences and regulatory shifts which they must anticipate. Market Research emerges as the missing piece of this growth pivot puzzle, as it is crucial for understanding market trends, customer behavior, and competitor activities. 

Thankfully, market research consultancies exist to assist with this challenge. They aid companies while supporting their creative ideation, reducing uncertainty, and supporting post-merger integration and expansion efforts by devising strategies that respond to future realities. Japnit highlights how Y&S, with its comprehensive expertise in Market Research and M&A consultancy, integrates holistic research into strategic planning, helping companies on their growth journeys. The new branding unveiled this year, which merges YAMADA Consulting Group Co. Ltd and Spire Research and Consulting, promises clients diversified, high-quality consulting services with an existing strong track record and expertise in multiple fields. 

In the article, Japnit shared some examples from Y&S’ portfolio of over 2,000 clients, such as assisting Japanese conglomerates execute acquisitions in Vietnam, prototyping business models for Indonesian tech firms, as well as advising global expansion for food manufacturers

The full article can be found at Marketing Interactive – Partner Insights. 

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April 7, 2024 – Although the United Nations has designated mental healthcare as a human right, Asia is significantly behind in terms of access to mental healthcare services. Policymakers and medical professionals need to continue the efforts to make access to healthcare – for both body and mind – a basic right for everyone. Some urgent items in the to-do list include:

  • Train healthcare workers to see mental health problems on par with physical health, and provide a better first-line of treatment;
  • Expand, decentralize, digitalize, and privatize mental healthcare infrastructure, so that more people can seek help, and
  • Address religious and social taboos about mental health, through raising awareness and better education.

This World Health Day, I would like to wish all of you good health – for both body and mind.

Japnit Singh, Chief Operating Officer, YAMADA Consulting & Spire

 

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YAMADA Consulting Group Co.,Ltd. announces that its Board of Directors, at a meeting held on April 1, 2024, resolved that its consolidated subsidiary, YAMADA Consulting Group USA Inc., will acquire shares of Takenaka Partners headquartered in Los Angeles, California, United States of America and led by CEO Hidehito Kanai.

As a result of this share acquisition, Takenaka Partners and its subsidiary Takenaka Partners LLC will become consolidated subsidiaries of the YAMADA Consulting Group Co.,Ltd.. The details of the announcement are in the PDF, please click on the PDF bottom to view the full announcement.

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