Lessons on Smart Cities from Post-Earthquake Japan

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By Shojiro Nakamura and Hiroyuki Okabe A crisis can also reveal new pathways of opportunity. More than eight years ago, what is called the...

Very special Ks: kamishibais, from “kokusaku” to “kyokan”, ie from war propaganda to sharing...

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By Megumi Bailey and Géraldine Enjelvin A centuries-old Japanese storytelling tradition is being revived for modern audiences. Meet kamishibai – from kami,...

Tamago-ya – The Bento King of Tokyo

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By Seungjin Whang Tamago-ya (meaning “Egg-shop”) was founded by Isatsugu Sugahara in 1975, as a small mom-and-pop bento (“boxed lunch”) shop. Under the...

Japan Inc. will defy its critics and innovate once more

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By Gianfranco Casati Japan's corporate leaders face a big challenge in fulfilling the nation's ambitious plan to create what the government calls Society...

Say Hello to Japan’s New Generation Workers

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By Alecsandra Tubiera The new generation – or mostly known as the millennial generation – is the current age of workers in Japan,...

Revolutionising Japan’s Businesses Through Women

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By Alecsandra Tubiera   There will always be a call for more women in the workforce, and as times are changing, it is evident...

Japan’s politics is opening up to women, but don’t expect a feminist revolution yet

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Three women have in recent months been appointed to politically powerful positions in Japan. But even as seeing women in positions of...

Why Workstyle Reform Just Might Work in Japan

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By Ginka Toegel Ikigai– in Japanese it means, loosely, “what makes life worth living.”  If reforms by the Shinzō Abe government succeed, it may one day...

Japan in the Face of Breaking Into New Working Culture

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By Alecsandra Tubiera  The land of the rising sun, Japan – in its entirety is often viewed as a place filled with extraordinary...

Toward Japan’s Economic End-Game

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By Dan Steinbock As the spotlight has been on Japan's new Emperor Naruhito, the economy is coping with half a decade of Abenomics, monetary injections, huge...

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