NMEU 15 – Angus Miyaji – How New Media Works in Japan

Angus Miyaji talks about his plans for a virtual staff business that will cater to Japanese businesses and how new media is being used in Japan....

Angus Miyaji
Born and bred in Japan, Angus Miyaji moved to the UK 12 years ago (his mother is Scottish so the UK wasn’t a distant place for him). He set up a printing and design business that helps Japanese companies in London.

Although Angus' current business is a brick and mortar face-to-face type of business, he's always had a strong passion for wanting to help Japanese people become more international. His business has been fairly successful, but a big change came after he read the 4 Hour Work Week and was inspired by Chris Ducker and Cliff Ravenscraft’s podcasts. Since then, Angus experimented with creating a virtual team (for his printing business), and now has 3 part-time virtual staff workers (and 3 non-virtual part-time staff).

Ever since he discovered the mind-blowing concept of virtual staff (or VAs), he realised how powerful this can be for Japanese people who are anxious about doing business overseas.

Angus' current life goal has shifted towards helping Japanese businesses and entrepreneurs in Japan access the overseas market by utilising the help of virtual staff.

[bctt tweet=”People are starting to understand the benefits of remote working. – Angus Miyaji”]

Top Quotes from Angus Miyaji:

  • “This is a brilliant way to help Japanese companies become more international.” [on having virtual staff]
  • “Since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011… people are starting to understand the benefits of remote working.”
  • “Podcasts in Japan isn't as big as it is here.”
  • “It's how to find and how to keep a good relationship with your virtual staff – that's, I think, really key.” [on his planned virtual staff business]
  • “I don't think there are many conferences like this in the UK or in Europe.” [on attending the New Media Europe conference]
  • “I'm really looking forward to meeting like-minded people in the UK.”


Key Timestamps:

  • [spp-timestamp time=”00:28″] – Host Mike Russell introduces and welcomes the episode's guest, Angus Miyaji
  • [spp-timestamp time=”01:33″] – Angus talks about his latest project and his business
  • [spp-timestamp time=”03:42″] – On the business culture in Japan and how virtual staff and remote working is slowly being acceptable in Japan
  • [spp-timestamp time=”04:54″] – Angus' plans for the new business and how he can take his business forward with the use of podcasts
  • [spp-timestamp time=”05:44″] – How Angus' brick and mortar business makes use of its website and new media tools
  • [spp-timestamp time=”06:48″] – On Japanese-specific social networks
  • [spp-timestamp time=”07:34″] – Three blogs and podcasts that Angus follows
  • [spp-timestamp time=”09:20″] – Angus shares his ideas and plans for his new podcast
  • [spp-timestamp time=”11:47″] – New media tools that Angus can't live without
  • [spp-timestamp time=”12:45″] – Mike shares his love for Buffer with Angus
  • [spp-timestamp time=”14:43″] – What made Angus decide to go to the New Media Europe conference in September
  • [spp-timestamp time=”15:44″] – Other people that Angus is looking forward to seeing, meeting, and hearing speak at the New Media Europe conference
  • [spp-timestamp time=”17:24″] – Where to find Angus online
  • [spp-timestamp time=”17:47″] – Mike thanks Angus and wraps up the episode

Get to know Angus more!

Check out Angus' website at AngusMiyaji.com and his business at VirtualStaff.jp

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Mike is co-founder of New Media Europe - obsessed with everything new in media and technology. He's also a founder of audio production company Music Radio Creative.