The folks at MarketingSherpa have posted a handy article on launching a product in Japan. Check it out now as it will be locked down on July 31st.
Here’s an excerpt:
DONT: Obsess about learning the language. Foreign marketers entering Japan often try to learn the language before and during their short stints to establish partnerships or to secure distribution. Learning a few phrases can help, but youll rarely have time to become proficient in the language. The early stages of an expansion is a time to focus other aspects of your project.