Field notes

Japan firms look beyond family ties for leaders

Companies eschew tradition in search for talent in country's tight labour market

Ask him if one of his sons will succeed him in his business, and 77-year-old Osamu Yoshida points you to the name of his company.

Otowa Electric, which specialises in lightning arresters and surge protection technology, is named after a waterfall near Kyoto's famous Kiyomizu Temple.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2019, with the headline 'Japan firms look beyond family ties for leaders'. Subscribe