Nurturing Fintech Start-Ups: In Pursuit of Global Hub Status for Tokyo

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Interview with Ms. Chie Ito, FINOLAB Inc. CEO and Finovators Co-Founder FINOLAB, Inc. was set up with the goals of supporting fintech start-ups in Japan,...

The Political Economy of Famines during the British Rule in India: A Critical Analysis

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By Kalim Siddiqui 1. Introduction The late nineteenth century was celebrated in the West as the golden period of global capitalism; while few will defend empire...

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 Great East...

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, meaning paper...

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 entrepreneurial leadership...

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, innovating ideas...

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...