Leaders&Readers is a Monday interview series showcasing prominent figures who have a strong connection to Japan.
New technologies, pure science made in paradise
On the main island of Okinawa, a little-known graduate university has quietly become one of Japan’s most innovative institutions. To find it, fly south until you get to paradise, then...
From music industry leader to director of TELL
Giles Duke’s first experience with the music industry of Japan...
Bradley Busetto: Green investments, great returns
Of all the types of finance, green finance simply sounds...
SEGO Initiative creates connections in Kanagawa
Louise George Kittaka
Serendipity flows like a current through Alana Bonzi’s life, gently...
James Yamanaka: One purpose, many changes
Every November for the last 22 years, Standard & Poor’s...
Naonori Kimura explores the potential of Japanese businesses
The Ricoh group, whose operations cover about 200 countries and territories, is working to graduate from an office automation equipment maker and convert itself into a digital services company. Leading the effort is President Yoshinori Yamashita, who believes it is important to resolve social issues through business activities and “for all of our employees to have the awareness that they...
The English-language events will invite readers of The Japan Times to be guest speakers.
Finding and defining a company’s purpose is not an easy task, and once found, it is even harder for a company to keep that focus as it grows and evolves while trying to respond to consumer demands and the vagaries of the market. But for Managing Director Michael Magee and the team at Brita Japan, they know their North Star...
Highlights the ESG (environmental, social and governance) activities of companies and other organizations.
Foundations step in to help women rebuild Tohoku
Ten years since the Great East Japan Earthquake triggered a powerful tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region, its effects continue to reverberate among the most vulnerable populations in the region....
JapanCraft21: Revitalizing master crafts for the new century
Steve Beimel, who first arrived in Japan in 1971, recalls...
Bond Project builds safety network for troubled youths
Jun Tachibana saw youths on the street as possible interviewees...
Introduces municipalities and local companies promoting the beauty and excellence of the real Japan.
Big goals: Soccer clubs work to revitalize their regions
The sports industry was one of the first and foremost to suffer from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and is not back to normal yet. Professional teams are accelerating...
Tsukuba ‘bar’ guides both visitors and revitalization efforts
On the outskirts of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, there is...
Venture firm, nonprofit revitalize Tohoku and beyond
Eleven years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake...
The Japan Times publisher Minako Suematsu interviews business leaders who are active proponents of ESG investing and practices in Japan.
Efforts to promote ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing, which were led by Europe, have been rapidly spreading across the globe. In Japan, many companies are committed to efforts to make our society sustainable, led by major corporations. One of the issues in the country is to encourage companies’ pension funds to make investments from the ESG perspective. “If we...
This is the final installment of the Times Capsule series, which has been featured in previous issues to commemorate the 125th anniversary of The Japan Times. For 125 years, The Japan Times has been reporting many fascinating stories about Japan that have been passed down through the decades. In this series, we have featured articles such as the preservation of...
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