I ran across this profile of a Japanese manufacturer of acrylic glass on Economist.com today. What struck me about the company, Nippura, is that in an economy that rewards large successes, it has chosen to stay small, ignoring nudges from banks and the Japanese government to grow and get listed.

With its 60 employees, the company has become a world leader in the manufacturing of acrylic panels for aquariums -- it has won three-quarters of the global market, and the 70-year-old owner, Tetsuhiro Shikiyama, is hard at work diversifying his company to apply its acrylic know-now to other markets.

I guess size really doesn't matter in business success. Just thought I'd share this little (or rather big) overseas success story.