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Christian Schmitz, environmental entrepreneur

For multilingual serial entrepreneur Christian Schmitz, a regular morning run around Tokyo’s Meguro Ward is his chance to re-energize and gain focus on his primary mission: new ways to tackle...

ESG Talk

Keio University draws new generation to build society

With Japan facing the challenges of a declining population and a prolonged economic slump, the president of Keio University said the university must accelerate building a globally attractive educational environment...


Meat on Mars? Sky’s the limit for cellular food frontier

By the year 2040, Yuki Hanyu, the CEO of IntegriCulture Inc., aims to build a factory on Mars. Leveraging his background in nanotechnology (Ph.D., Oxford University, 2010) and his work...

Unraveling Japanese companies

Daiwa House, building future for 68 years and counting

Daiwa House Industry Co. was not Japan’s first home construction business. But the company, now the biggest house builder in the country, revolutionized the industry through industrialized construction of buildings...

Authentic green stories


Nomura Research Institute takes initiative on co-creating the future

Nomura Research Institute has a unique background. Japan's first private think tank was founded as a joint-stock company, unlike many others overseas. In addition, it explicitly set a goal of...

Satoyama~Authentic Japan


Pure flavors of local northern cooking The town of Nishikawa, home to the Dewaya restaurant and inn, is about 40 minutes by car from Yamagata Station. Nestled in the foothills...



社会をより持続的なものにするためのESG投資は、ますます注目を集めている。しかし、日本最大級の生命保険会社である日本生命保険にとって、このESG投資の考え方は新しいものではない。 「私たちの中では…



History & Archives

Brand history & Archives

‘Gakumon no Susume’

'An Encouragement of Learning' Yukichi Fukuzawa, one of the leading educators of the Meiji Era and founder of Keio University, was a relative of Sueji Yamada, founder of The Japan...

125 years of history

Our beginnings

The first issue of The Japan Times was published on March 22, 1897. The leading founders were President Sueji Yamada and Editor-in-Chief Motosada Zumoto, a former executive secretary to Prime Minister Hirobumi Ito.

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Sustainable Japan Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of the forth annual Sustainable Japan Award.

Our goal is to commend individuals, companies, and organizations who have made advances in sustainable efforts, and we hope to convey their activities both domestically and internationally.

Destination Restaurants Awards

Destination Restaurants give tastes of lived wisdom

Destination Restaurants is a list of Japan’s best restaurants published by The Japan Times. Started in 2021, the list is selected by Japanese experts with an international audience in mind.

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