• Tony Liu

Japan Homes in 2016

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Japan Homes did the first internal meeting in 2017 – 2018 financial year. In regards to last year business, each company staff expressed their impressions and comments on everything related to this company And talked about the objectives of 2017 etc. It was a good meeting.

We discussed the following topics that how we provided our comfortable and affordable homes to our clients.

Human Resources

I think that all of our company staff are good people. After 10 years of management, what I have noticed is that, even if you do not have a lot of work experience but are “honest, serious, faithful to the basic principles” and can work in this way everyday you will be able to provide the best performance. I gave all of our staff a full score for their performance. They enjoyed working and provided enthusiastic and valuable work.


There were 330 leads last year, and for a company of this scale it will be a good number.

because We could advice people who inquired us as much as possible about their questions and concerns I think that I could contribute a little to Auckland’s housing situation.

We joined several events JAPANDAY, NORTH HOMESHOW, TAIWANDAY, etc.

In Internet marketing, many people responded well to the blog of our websites , and the effect of TARDEME and FACEBOOK gradually came out.

However, as we sell very expensive products, “referrals from the existing customers” were the best chances to get new clients. I realized again that the best sales promotion is to “concentrate on the present work and try our best to satisfy the present client”.


As the basic strategy, we tried to change communication methods, to shorten the project schedules, improve understanding of stakeholders, and prevent mistakes by introducing new online software.

By making full use of Builders Trend, a dedicated crowd software for building companies confirmation of the final products with our customers dramatically improved compared with the past including the information amount, the image, selection completion etc.

Also, due to the influence of AUP (= AUCKLAND UNITERY PLAN), the demand for narrow 2-story houses increased, leading to creating JAPAN HOMES STANDARD HOUSE PLANS that can fin in narrow sections. This greatly improved our services and sales.

Site Management

For a construction company like Japan Homes, the most important thing is the quality of site work. I reviewed the site management quality again and tried to improve “5S”

5S is a Japanese term expressing actions and conditions that should be thoroughly done to improve workplace management.

5S is taken from an initial letter S of Japanese terms Seiri (tiding), Seiton (organising),  Seisou (cleaning), Seiketu (keeping cleanliness), and Situke (discipline).

Also, in New Zealand, many people decide construction details on the site later and I noticed  that there are restrictions there because it causes a delay in construction schedule It was the year when we also created a list of 10 major types of project constraints and started to remove these. It is important for all the stakeholders to learn to the extent that they can unconsciously avoid these constraints.

New Home Development

The government intends to build Affordable houses, and and that is why AUP came out.

As our policy is to provide Affordable and Comfortable homes we engaged in about 10 development projects both for our company and our customers.

Resource consent (land subdivision application) was permitted in 5 months at earliest while the other consents took a bit longer.

We must consider various things including Difference in height of rainwater pipe, protection of sewage pipe, protection of of electric wire, treatment of rainwater on the ground, strengthening the ground condition, compliance with traffic regulations, noise control, influence on neighborhood,etc.

Also, since the building regulations has been renewed, honestly, not only professionals know all of the new rules but officials do not know sound knowledge. As such the negotiation with the Auckland council is a very important factor including the recognition of the difference between the old and new rules.


去年の振り返り、自分の感想や社内のみなで感想を述べたりした。 そして2017年度の目標などを語った。 小さな組織ならではの団欒みたいな感じで進めることができ、良い会議だった。 Affordable and Comfortable の住宅への提供に向けてどんな軌跡を歩んだのか 2016年を振り返り下記のことを皆で話しあった。


本当にみな良い人材と自信をもって言えるくらい伸びてくれたと思う。 経営を10年し、気づいたことは、 色々な過去の経歴などより、経験がなくても素質的に 「素直でまじめ、基本に忠実」 これを淡々と実践する人が最も良い仕事ができる人間だという結論に至った。 去年までの頑張り度は満点を皆にあげた。 それくらい、楽しく、熱意をもって価値がある仕事をしてくれた。