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Wow - that tea house has been operating for 900 years? I thought the previous record was a Japanese temple building company that was around for 400+ years before having to close during the global financial crisis a decade ago?!

There is that old adage in multi generational businesses that goes - "The first generation kicks off the business, the second generation builds upon what the first generation did, and the third generation squanders everything the first two generations did". In my 40+ years of business consulting I have actually seen this happen multiple times.

There must be something different about the Japanese cultural and philosophical outlook of building a business and handing it over to the next generation to carry on.






This probably helps: "Several companies have even benefited from the widely-accepted Japanese practice of adopting adult male workers into the family bloodline to ensure an unbroken succession for the business"

This technique has saved monarchies (and "lesser" families) around the world for millennia.

> I thought the previous record was a Japanese temple building company that was around for 400+ years before having to close during the global financial crisis a decade ago?!

You have the numbers mixed up, Kongō Gumi had been founded in 578 AD so its run was over a millennia.


Japan's Kongō Gumi construction company has lasted over 1,400 years! To give a perspective of the time period of its existence -

• It was started just right at the end of Kofun period when Japanese tribes started political centralisation (578 AD).

• It has survived unification of Japan under Tokugawa shogunate (1603 - 1868).

• It has survived forced opening of Japan to the outside world by the western forces (1854).

• It has survived World War I (1914 - 1918).

• It has survived World War II (1939-1945), ending in the near total destruction of the country.

Yet, when Japan survived to become a Trillion dollar economy; Kongō Gumi Co., Ltd. was liquidated and acquired by Takamatsu Construction Group (2006).

What does it take to build a Business which lasts over 1000 years now? Would humanity even last for next 1000 years with current geo-politics, inequality and hatred?


>• It has survived World War II (1939-1945), ending in the near total destruction of the country.

What part of WW2 resulted in near total destruction of the country? The two atomic bombs were tragic, but the near total destruction of two cities is a far cry from the near total destruction of a country.


s/millennia/millennium/. Or a chiliad if you prefer.

There is an old Korean saying which is roughly translated this way:

No family stays poor for three generations. And no family stays rich for three generations.


> I thought the previous record was a Japanese temple building company that was around for 400+ years before having to close during the global financial crisis a decade ago?!

There are banks in Europe older than 400 years as well.


And high schools, and houses, and pubs, and random walls in the middle of downtown, and...

Knowing what your place is in an honorific culture might help.



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