Decision Japan was founded in 1988 as a Japanese private company to assist foreign companies, particularly technology companies, in the Japanese market. It grew to become a major distributor of foreign-developed technical software to corporate Japan, with products in the civil engineering, naval architecture, modeling and manufacturing fields. The Japanese users included top companies, universities and government departments. In 2008 a successful trade sale took its founder back to her native Australia.

Since then the business has been based in Sydney. Our practice offers a range of services for business growth and communication, both to Australian and Japanese clients.

Our extensive knowledge of Japan, Australia and the Japanese language, backed by hands-on business experience in both countries, enables us to add value to business strategy and execution.

About the Principal, Anita Byrnes

Anita has close to 40 years experience in the Information Technology industry, a major part of which has included business in and with Japan. Her initial career was as a translator, systems engineer and analyst in the IT and health care systems field.

For twenty years she was the Managing Director of Decision Japan Co., Ltd, the Japanese private company and software distributor she founded in 1988. Anita led the growth of the company through Japan’s ‘lost decade’, tackling such challenges as IT market changes, Japanese staffing recruitment and retention, and product marketing and distribution, while at the same time raising a bi-lingual child.

Her current interests include innovation and entrepreneurship, intellectual property, technology such as virtual reality, and languages.

Anita holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from ANU, undertook post-graduate study at Waseda University, and is a graduate (GAICD) of the International Company Directors’ Course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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