USS Susquehanna (left)
Susquehanna is a privately owned investment and consulting company, founded in 2000.
Its namesake, the United States Navy vessel USS Susquehanna, was the flagship of the historic "Black Fleet" led by Commodore Matthew Perry to open Japan to foreign trade and commerce in 1853. This effectively ended 300 years of Shogunate control and Japan's isolation.
The universal appreciation for Japan's geographic, cultural and commercial assets is a core attribute of its business potential. We are aligned with legendary Commodore Perry's mission to open the unique Japanese market to the world.
Bi-Lingual Japan Specialists
Investment Consulting and Negotiation
Mergers and Acquisitions
Real Estate Development and Management
Internet Technology Development
Use of the English language is still uncommon in Japan's business world, presenting a major barrier to international collaboration. Add significant differences in cultural and business practices and the challenge only grows. For those who can clear these hurdles there is great opportunity. We at Susquehanna have the vision and capability to navigate and merge all of the domestic and international components involved.
Japan's economy was stagnant for the last three decades. Aside from major Japanese corporations, the massive growth seen around the world in this period essentially eluded Japan. Now momentum is building and it is beginning to catch up. International interest is typically focused on Tokyo, but there is a whole country of opportunity.
Besides being one of the world's most advanced societies, Japan has one of its richest, most well-preserved cultures. It has been the world's largest creditor for over 30 years. Much is made of the national debt, which is JPY based, but 97% of that debt is internal.
Japanese banks favor lending to large organizations, leaving small and mid-sized sectors unable to capitalize on the ultra low borrowing rates. According to Nikkei, just 0.3% of Japanese companies are large, but they constitute 52.3% market share. That means 99.7% are small to mid-sized, representing 47.7% market share and 69.8% of the nation's employees. This combined with a declining population sets the stage for an era of business consolidation and large-scale international investor opportunity.