Business, Editor's Pick

The Secret to Longevity: A Look Into the Oldest Company in the World (Part 2)

The journey of the Kongō Gumi, a company with over a millennium of history, has been anything but smooth. In 1868, during the first year of the Meiji era, Emperor Meiji implemented the “Shinto and Buddhism Separation Order,” leading to the destruction of many Buddhist temples. This policy stripped the Four Heavenly Kings of their ...

Max Lu

A black and white photo of Kongō Gumi employees from 1930.

The Secret to Longevity: A Look Into the Oldest Company in the World (Part 1)

A report published by the Tokyo Business Research Company reveals the key to longevity for Japanese enterprises: integrity and staying private. Among the many centuries-old businesses, the oldest is Kongō Gumi, a temple construction company established during the Asuka period now boasting a history of 1,440 years. Longevity secrets unveiled The Japan Imperial Database surveyed ...

Max Lu

Shitennoji Temple in Osaka, Japan.

The Timeless Legacy of Honesty in Business: An Insight into the Shanxi Merchants

In the annals of business history, few stand as unique and renowned as the Shanxi merchants, also known as Jin merchants. Their reputation, built over centuries, is anchored in their unwavering commitment to honesty in business. This fascinating tale of a redeemed expired bill from the ancient city of Pingyao, Shanxi, reveals the secret to ...

Max Lu

Jin merchants.

10 Emerging Industries: A Look Into the Future of Opportunities

In today’s rapidly changing world, making informed career and industry choices has never been more crucial. Facing the contemporary challenge of the “employment maze,” young people especially need to consider the potential growth and stability of emerging industries. While technological advancements challenge many traditional sectors, they also pave the way for new opportunities. 10 emerging ...

Emma Lu

Man giving a presentation in a conference room to a group of business colleagues.

What You Should Know When Looking for Your Dream Job

Job hunting can be challenging, especially in a competitive job market. Shifting industry landscapes, increased qualified candidates, and economic conditions contribute to job seekers’ challenges. These challenges make it harder to find your dream job. That said, with a strategic approach, finding the right job becomes less stressful. This article provides valuable strategies on how ...

Nathan Machoka

Young, confident Asian woman being interviewed for a job.

Hong Kong’s Din Tai Fung Restaurant Wins a Michelin Star (Part 2)

Yang Bing-Yi’s business philosophy entailed two notable factors that ensured Din Tai Fung’s success. One could call them company secrets. The first was to ensure that every customer felt at home while dining in the restaurant. Secondly, every employee is valued and provided with benefits and a work environment that creates a sense of familial ...

Emma Lu

Din Tai Fung dumplings.

Effective Leadership: 5 Delegation Skills for Quality Work

Mastering effective delegation is incredibly valuable if you want to lighten your workload and foster the growth of your employees’ abilities. By delegating tasks, you empower team members to take on your responsibilities, paving the way for everyone’s career progression.  Becoming an expert in assigning tasks can be challenging, and it’s essential to consider various ...

Viena Abdon

Factory workers.

Hong Kong’s Din Tai Fung Michelin Star Restaurant (Part 1)

Yang Bing-Yi, the founder of the restaurant chain Din Tai Fung, passed away at 96. This caught the attention of world media, which spoke highly of him. Din Tai Fung is one of the few Chinese restaurant chains to have entered the global market and become a well-known overseas brand of the Chinese food industry. ...

Emma Lu

A basket of Din Tai Fung dumplings.

It Pays to Work Hard: The Difference Between Active and Passive Income

What is the difference between active and passive income? The usual notion of earning money is putting in your work hours and getting paid for it — easy enough to understand, right? However, looking at the bigger picture, there are two categories of generated income: active and passive. So which type are you earning right ...

Arianne Ayson

American dollars.

Scaling Your Business for Sustainable Growth

As a growing entrepreneur, you always focus on growing your business, looking for opportunities everywhere. However, as it grows, you must also accommodate the capacity to produce. Many people use “scalability” and “growth” interchangeably. These two concepts are undoubtedly related but don’t mean the same thing. For example, business growth means increased capacity, operations, and ...

Nathan Machoka

Men and women at a startup business meeting.