We Can Connect You With The Right Japanese Distributors, Importers & Agents

We've helped over 400 foreign companies sell everything from specialized B2B, medical, industrial, technical, and scientific products… to all types of consumer goods

If your products are right for the Japanese market, we can use our decades of experience… deep network of contacts… and in-depth understanding of the Japanese distribution system to connect you with sales partners in Japan who:

✅ Speak English

✅ Know your industry

✅ Have a strong track record of selling products like yours

Japan Is Hard — We Can Make It Easier For You

I’m not going to sugarcoat it…

Selling non-Japanese products in the Japanese market is hard.

And over the last 40 years, I’ve seen many foreign companies struggle to sell their products in this complex market.

But I’ve also seen others do very well in Japan.

So why do some companies succeed in Japan while other companies with great products fail?

In my experience, it always comes down to having the right Japanese distributor, importer, or agent.

✅ Someone who understands your industry and has the relationships needed to successfully sell your products in the Japanese market.

✅ Someone who can support your products and market them effectively.

✅ Someone who speaks English and knows how to do business with non-Japanese companies like yours.

✅ Someone who believes in your products and will go the extra mile to make them successful in Japan.

Bottom line: You can’t succeed in a market like Japan without such a partner.

But, as you may have already discovered, finding sales partners in Japan isn’t easy…

⚠️ Many Japanese companies have little or no English on their websites so they don’t show up on Google.

⚠️ There are no online directories of Japanese distributors, importers, and agents that you can search.

⚠️ Lists from government agencies are usually out-of-date, full of errors, or contain the wrong kinds of companies.

⚠️ And even if you can track them down… you’ll discover that they often ignore email from someone they don’t know… especially if it’s written in English.

Unfortunately, this is why so many companies end up with the wrong partner in Japan.

In fact, nearly half of our clients come to us because they’re unhappy with their current Japanese distributor.

We can help... whether you're new to the Japanese market... or already selling in Japan but looking for a change

Hi, I’m Tom Lister.

I’m fluent in Japanese and have over 40 years of experience in the Japanese market.

I’m the founder and president of Data Meridian Research Inc.

For the last 19 years, we’ve focused entirely on helping foreign companies sell their products in Japan by connecting them with the right Japanese distributors, importers, and agents.

In fact, we’re probably the only company in the world specializing in doing this.

This focus has allowed us to help over 400 non-Japanese companies find the right sales partners in Japan.

✅ Companies selling everything from specialized B2B, medical, industrial, technical, and scientific products… to all types of consumer goods… Click here to see our track record

✅ Companies both new to Japan… and many others already in the Japanese market but unhappy with their current sales in Japan

✅ Companies of all sizes… and from all over the world