How East Meets West at Canon

CEO Fujio Mitarai explains the melding of Japanese and U.S. management styles that has turned his company into a powerhouse

Fujio Mitarai, president and CEO of Canon, is a rarity in Japan. He picked up his management skills during a 23-year stint building up Canon's U.S. operations, making him one of the most Westernized managers of a leading Japanese corporation. Yet he's also a strong believer in adhering to certain Japanese management principles, such as lifetime employment and a company board composed of Canon executives only.

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