JOE MUNTAL

For JOE MUNTAL's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mark Choon, general manager of The Peninsula Tokyo, learns from unexpected

Mark Choon’s career in the hotel industry is of humble beginnings. The son of Korean immigrants to the U.S., Choon...

Mymizu’s water app just first step to ending plastic waste

Joe Muntal
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

From conservation to climate change, the environmental challenges of our times are daunting and can seem distant from our everyday...

German ambassador lives out childhood dream

Live DJ performances probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about diplomatic outreach during the COVID-19...

Mixing love of numbers and the personal touch

When Balazs Krizsanyik first visited Desigual's headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, he was taken aback by the company’s unique, energetic culture....

Move to Japan proves opportune for law partner

When Michael Mroczek decided to become a lawyer, he felt he was closing the door on a childhood dream —...

Japan role equal parts coincidence and destiny

Stefan Linde Jakobsen’s path to becoming president of Coloplast Japan and chairperson of the Danish Chamber of Commerce Japan is...

Guided by an ever-present curiosity in business, travel

Throughout his career, President of Piaggio Group Japan Neri Miclaus has adhered to a personal tenet to continually push the...

Long road ahead in push for globalized education

From the economic boom of the ’70s and ’80s to the collapse of the bubble economy and the ensuing “lost...

Path paved by languages, inspirational interactions

Belgium’s new ambassador to Japan, Roxane de Bilderling, brings special linguistic insight to her post. A trained conference interpreter in...

Offbeat career driven by desire to continue learning

Moneytree has been a “game changer” for Japan’s digital banking environment, according to Chief Executive and founder Paul Chapman. The...

Championing widespread inclusion, gender equity

Fresh off a stint as Mexico’s ambassador to India from 2015 to 2018, Melba Pria aims to “go wider and...

Diplomatic legacy ties into nations’ ‘golden moment’

To say Jose C. Laurel V arrived in Japan at a pivotal moment in the country’s history would be an...