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What small business I can start In Japan then take that back with me to Orland, FL?


Fanfan Mazard Killeen, TX

I am a reservist, US army. I am currently living in Japan because my wife picked up a 3 yrs assignment, active duty navy. I only have 2 yrs left here in Japan. Any Ideas?

18 January 2023 3 replies Small Business



Rick Voight Charleston, SC

Hi Fanfan,
My first question is what interests you? A successful business, particularly if entrepreneurial, requires passion. As such, I'd suggest that you first view the Japanese-focused business through the lens of what interests you (create a list) which of these are of interest to the Japanese - and why, and then consider the costs (time and money) to create the business - including creating awareness of your business.
Hope this helps. Feel free to reach out.
BTW, my wife is from Japan so I've spent a fair amount of time over there and a bit about the culture.


David Eastman Gresham, OR

Hello, Fanfan

Love your name. Thank you for your service. The Japanese love a lot of things, American, and especially old timie American. So, I would open a country and western store where Japanese citizens could buy western wear, like wrangler jeans, or rodeo belts, leather chaps or cowboy boots, or even old western paintings of rodeos, or stagecoaches, or cattle drives, and all of that memorabilia would translate very well when you move back to Orlando, FL.

For your store, or outlet or online presence, you could come up with a real western name like: the OK Corral, or Tombstone, or Klondike, and have one of those names translated into Japanese, like "ok kakoi" (OK Corral), "hakaishi" (tombstone) or "crondike" (Klondike).

Anyway, just one fun idea.


David F Eastman, MS
Former CEO
US Navy Veteran, Anti-Submarine Warplanes


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