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Steinbeis Quality in the Japanese Market

Sachihiko Kobori was born in Tokyo in 1951 and has been the president of Steinbeis Japan Inc. since 1999. After he studied Economics and received a Bachelor of Arts, he completed a vocational training as a researcher at the Environmental Planning Institute in California, USA.

In 1976 he spent one year as an assistant director at the Miami Beach Redevelopment Agency and coordinated multi-disciplinary consultant teams.

From 1977 to 1992 he worked as a researcher at Oceanautes Inc. and developed novel ocean-based GIS introducing quantifi cation theories between fi sheries’ data and environmental attributes. Since 1992 he has been the senior managing director of Oceanautes Inc.

From 1982 to 2000 he was the assistant representative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Baden-Wurttemberg in Japan. In 1994 he became the representative in Japan for the Steinbeis Transfer Center International Technological Cooperation and in 1996 for the Steinbeis Foundation. He held these positions until 1996 and 1999. Besides teaching at the Steinbeis University Berlin, Sachihiko Kobori has also been lecturing Project Management at the Kyushu University Career Development Center and at different companies.

Sachihiko Kobori runs Steinbeis Japan Inc. which presents the global Steinbeis network as the headquarters of networks of Japanese experts. As a consultancy, Steinbeis Japan Inc. provides a range of services in new business development, project management, international business development and technology transfer as well as in regional development and project economy. Over 30 German, US and Asian companies are supported to solve management issues and technical subjects in Japanese market.

The Kobori family is connected to Steinbeis from its beginnings on. Sachihiko Kobori´s father Kiyoshi Kobori, had already been active as representative of Baden-Wurttemberg in Japan during the time of Lothar Spath as prime minister of Baden-Wurttemberg. The successful cooperation between Steinbeis and Sachihiko Kobori is not only based on a high professional quality of work, but also on a high trust-based personal relationship.

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