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Are there functions integral to regional headquarters?

Regional headquarters have played a crucial role for Japanese entities, which have pursued global expansion to date without the presence of world headquarters. Nevertheless, it will become necessary to transform the very concept of regional headquarters, while shoring up world headquarters, if the Japanese entities are to achieve global optimization.

What, then, are the aspects of regional headquarters that should be changed? Chapter 2 of the Report will discuss in detail the current situation and issues, and the necessary initiatives by focusing on the six major functions of regional headquarters;

The Report will be cover main points but, suffice it to say, that the organization executing the six functions does not necessarily have to be regional headquarters. In fact, in order to resolve the issues surrounding the six functions, it is preferable that we think beyond the existing framework of regional headquarters and pursue the optimal method of executing these functions.