Think your family has issues during the holidays? Wait until dad introduces you to your new 30 year old brother who will be inheriting the family business.

Think your family has issues during the holidays? Wait until dad introduces you to your new 30 year old brother who will be inheriting the family business.

VicesDecember 29, 2012

Japan has the oldest family run businesses in the world, some lasting over 1,000 years. This would never be possible in America. Take Donald Trump's business empire for example. His son is as close as they come to a real-life Biff Tannen and should he ever take the reins from daddy, we'd be first in line to short the Trump Towers. Now, you might be asking what about Ivanka Trump? Good point. Unfortunately, we all know women can't run a business, at least not in Japan. That's why of the 81,000 people adopted in Japan this year, 90% were male adults. Successful Japanese families without a competent male heir to the family business search for successful sons to adopt. These men will take the family name and eventually be in charge of running the business and taking care of the family.