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Investment opportunities blossom in Ibaraki Prefecture

According to its governor, Ibaraki has everything an investor could ask for. From its location next to Tokyo, its balanced economy, investment incentive program and...

How nature works in harmony with business in the ‘Davos of the East’

The picturesque town of Karuizawa has long been cherished by Japan’s most influential cultural figures as a place of creation. As the host of the...

Aichi shapes the future of advanced manufacturing

Aichi Prefecture’s cutting-edge global companies such as Toyota symbolize the region’s manufacturing and technological strengths. With its capital city Nagoya hosting the G20 Foreign Ministers’...

NEXI: The backbone for Japanese companies operating abroad

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) plays a crucial role in getting Japanese businesses to break barriers in the international marketplace. Insuring companies that work,...

The educational philosophy of a Nobel Prize factory

Nagoya University, a heavyweight in research that has produced more than one-fifth of Japan’s Nobel Prize winners has two fundamental goals: to contribute to the...

Japan’s JICA on why U.S. policy affects Asia more than Europe

As some of the world’s most important democratic nations move towards greater isolationism, Japan stands out as a clear exception. And JICA, the country’s development...

In conversation with Japan’s prime minister of business

Japan is rapidly changing– it’s aging population combined with a technological revolution and the dynamism of international trade are causing seismic shifts in the country’s...

“Pharmaceuticals and medical devices do not belong to any single nation, they belong to the world”

Japan’s regulatory agency is employing a holistic scientific method to get new pharmaceuticals and medical devices on the market in record time, while also minimizing...

Towa Pharmaceutical: Innovation in the generic drug sector

Towa Pharmaceutical is a Japanese generic drug company that is highly committed to innovation. Itsuro Yoshida, the company’s president, explains his passion for contributing to...

How Osamu Nagayama led Chugai Pharma to become a global business

Osamu Nagayama, chairman of both Chugai Pharmaceutical and Sony, is one of Japan’s most visionary business leaders. Here, he explains how he carved out a...

Imagining year 2034 with Japan’s minister of education

On average it takes students 16 years to pass through the Japanese education system. That's why Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan's minister of education, has his sights...

Meet the man bringing Japan to the world

Hiroyuki Ishige is the Chairman and CEO of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), a government-affiliated agency that works to boost international trade and FDI....

“It’s no longer enough to gain knowledge, we have to create it ourselves”

Founded on the principles of freedom and innovation, Ritsumeikan University has evolved considerably during its nearly 150 years of history while remaining true to its...

“No country can put itself first while ignoring the rest of the world”

The Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) is tasked with promoting PPP projects around the world. Takuma Hatano, its president...

The Japanese university using manga to make global connections

From manga to cosplay, Meiji University in Tokyo is using the Cool Japan brand to establish international academic partnerships around the world. Keiichiro Tsuchiya, the...

How a top Japanese university is creating the next generation of leaders

Hideo Ohno, the president of Tohoku University, is confident the university’s students will not to just keep up with the digital revolution, but lead it....

The driving force behind some of Japan’s most innovative research

From using algae to create zero-carbon emission fuel to studying sleep at the molecular level, Tsukuba University’s motto “to try something new” has global consequences....