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How Nomura Research Institute cultivates local entrepreneurship

Hiroko Nakata
Contributing writer

Creating a startup ecosystem is easier said than done, especially in rural areas. In big cities like Tokyo, Osaka and...

Old-growth paper company Oji renews forests, products, vision

Maiko Muraoka Contributing writer

Oji Holdings, Japan’s leading paper manufacturer, is also its largest corporate forest owner. It studies and develops paper products and...

NTT sustainable smart city effort is developing tools for well-being

Maiko Muraoka Contributing writer

As envisioned in its new fundamental principle, “Innovating a sustainable future for people and planet,” the NTT group has been...

PRI in Person brainstorms better responsible investing

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

An annual global conference on responsible investment, PRI in Person, was held in Tokyo for the first time from Oct....

Asics races to ensure well-being of both people and the planet

Emi Maeda Contributing writer

Sustainable Japan Awards: Grand Prize winner Asics Corp. was founded in 1949 with the goal of providing hope to children...

Organization strives to empower women in society, the workplace

Maiko Muraoka Contributing writer

The Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative is based in Boston and aims to empower women in Japan to play leadership roles...

PRI webinar focuses on seeing interconnections of ESG issues

Emi Maeda Contributing writer

On Sept. 1, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) hosted a webinar centered on investment and the nexus of climate change,...

‘Active’ and ‘protective’ investments for sustainability

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

Osamu Inoue CEO, Renews Inc. The last panel discussion focused on the changing landscape in environmental, social and governance (ESG)...

Tapping into the great potential of rural areas

Maiko Muraoka Contributing writer

Kosuke Motani Senior researcher at the Japan Research Institute The satoyama panel session featured four winners of the Sustainable Japan...

ESG winners create answers to societal problems

Emi Maeda Contributing writer

Michiyo Morisawa Senior lead of PRI The panel session featuring five Sustainable Japan Award recipients in the ESG category delved...

Event: Responsible investment under capitalism

Hiroko Nakata Contributing writer

As the role of institutional investors in creating a sustainable society becomes more important than ever, investment experts gathered on...

One for all: MFA to be new agent for investors


“MFA is a professional firm that conducts engagement with investee companies on behalf of institutional investors.” MFA Inc. (CEO: Kotaro...

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