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The DCCJ Notice Board is a forum where guests and members can post their classifieds for one month, such as job openings, job seekers, etc. If you would like to make a posting, please send an e-mail to DCCJ Secretariat.

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Who’s Who – Mr. Steen Lauge Kokkenborg, General Manager of LEGO Japan

Date:September 2, 2016 NEWS

Mr. Kokkenborg started to work for LEGO after studying business management in Denmark. Then he left there in 1992 and worked for several other companies such as Adidas to expand international career. He rejoined LEGO in 2007 as Marketing Director Asia and Emerging markets. Since 2010 he has been taking a General Manager role in Asia market first in LEGO Korea and then transferred to LEGO Japan since March 2013.

Q: What is LEGO all about?

It is all about “FUN” and developing kids through “PLAY”. This also helps to create new way of problem solving. Kids can build anything either that is 2D or 3D with LEGO; you can just create anything from your imagination. It is also about “Pure Creativity” and “Building Your Stories.”

Q: Any news from the company?

Every year 30 -50% of our products in retailers are new.
Also LEGOLAND will open in Nagoya next year.

Q: Have you lived in other countries besides Japan?

Denmark (born there.) Also lived in Germany and Korea and travelled a lot to South America on business.

Q: What about your hobbies?

Take pictures of landscape and people, fishing and learning new language. I like cooking too, especially local produced food.

Q: What do you like about Japan?

Innovativeness, there are so much going on here. Also there are large population of sophisticated customers who are happy to spend for value products, so it does not matter how small your business is; even 1% of the population can be a big number. In terms of local business, if more companies focus to expand business outside of Japan market with high-quality products and services, there will be a huge opportunity for them.

Q: What do you miss about Denmark?

(pose) Getting home at 4 in the afternoon!

Q: What do you not like about Japan?

Hot and humid summer.
Q: What is your favorite food/dish?

All Japanese food, sushi, tempura, teppanyaki, but especially I like mentaiko (seasoned cod roe.)
I like roast pork in winter as Danish food and my wife’s homemade rye bread! 

Q: If you become a governor of Tokyo now, what do you do/change?

Build many kindergartens. Japan has one of the countries who has the best-educated housewives with great ability, so I would like them to participate more in business society.
Q: If you have an unlimited time, what Japanese things would you like to make with LEGO?

(bullet train)!

Q: What do you expect from DCCJ?

To clarify its role, purpose and agenda.

JMEC 23 - New Program is Now Open for Applications

Date:August 13, 2016 NEWS

Need a Business Plan?

Are you a business owner looking for a business plan tailored to the Japanese market? If so, take part in the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC)!

As a JMEC Project Client, you can receive a professional business plan developed by some of Japan's brightest up-and-coming business leaders for a fraction of the cost of hiring outside consultants. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the JMEC homepage where you also find the application form.

JMEC is also calling for individuals to join the program as JMEC Participants and be part of the business plan creation process. This MBA-style program includes classroom training as well as hands-on business plan writing experience. Go to to learn more and apply.

Established in 1993 and supported by 18 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan, JMEC is a non-profit business training program for mid career business professionals, who research and write professional business plans in teams to help companies enter or expand their business in Japan.

DCCJ is a proud sponsor of JMEC and encourages our members and the greater business community to get involved.

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