I recently read an article by the BBC about why so many of the world's oldest companies are in Japan. Well, turns out they have certain characteristics and attitudes about business and life in general that allow for longevity over multiple centuries.
Being over a century old company ourselves, there are a lot of similarities between Japan's "Shinise companies" and pretty much any multi-generational family business here in the United States:
1. Respecting tradition and the ancestors who came before.
2. Core skills and customer service keep clients happy.
3. The ability to adapt and innovate successful practices with new technologies.
4. Oh, and this is a big one: Not trying to take over the world!😁