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Roundtable

The English-language events will invite readers of The Japan Times to be guest speakers.

At upcycled bag brand Plasticity, sustainability is style

Warren Meehan
Contributing writer

Aki Saito hopes the fashion brand she created will be doomed by environmental progress — in fact, the company’s tag...

Entrepreneur Kaori Sasaki makes diversity a science

Warren Meehan
Contributing writer

While today’s companies fight for the innovative edge out in the marketplace, they also increasingly tout their commitment to diversity...

For ‘water optimizer’ company Brita, every drop counts

Warren Meehan
Contributing writer

Finding and defining a company’s purpose is not an easy task, and once found, it is even harder for a...

Designing from the Earth up: IDEO puts long term first

Joe Muntal
Contributing writer

In 1980, Steve Jobs asked a new design firm to develop a mouse for what would be one of the...

Patagonia sets examples on food, farms and future

Joe Muntal
Contributing writer

Sustainability presents a catch-22 for the business world. While shifting to renewable energy and removing environmentally harmful materials from supply...

Gavin Dixon: changing organizations, and the world

Timothy Schultz
Contributing writer

In the corporate world, sustainability is one of the hottest topics and biggest goals. Unfortunately for most companies, it is...

Kicking for inclusion: How soccer is helping homeless

Timothy Schultz
Contributing Writer

When you see an adult soccer team practicing in Japan, you usually don’t pay much attention. They will be running...

Womenomics originator Matsui funds ESG startups

Louise George Kittaka
Contributing writer

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attracted global attention in 2013 for drawing on womenomics — the idea that female...

Green frontiers: The sustainability mission in space

Timothy Schultz
Contributing writer

An earnest, 40-something executive leans forward, speaking into the tabletop microphone. The camera catches the flash in his eyes as...

Luke Date educates for collective climate impact

Timothy Schultz
Contributing Writer

Five years ago, a Japanese college student participated in a beach cleanup in Chiba. As he squinted at the early...

To create business value, first create shared value

Louise George Kittaka
Contributing writer

The phrase “sustainable business” seems to be everywhere these days, but what exactly does it mean for brands and consumers...

The better for wear: Designer upcycles old kimonos

Louise George Kittaka
Contributing writer

With roots in Belgium and Japan, Haruka Sugihara is a young designer and entrepreneur with a passion for taking the...

Ross Rowbury

Ross Rowbury is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Group Corporate Communications at Nomura Holdings. He has observed Japan while living and working here for four decades. Commencing his career in finance in Tokyo during the early 1980s, he later moved into public relations and communications, holding senior positions at Gavin Anderson & Co. (now Kreab) and PRAP Japan. He headed the Edelman business in Japan for 10 years until July 2020. Prior to joining Nomura in October, he was a freelance consultant to a number of firms on their Japan business strategy. He serves on the Board of TELL, a suicide prevention and mental health NPO, and was a visiting professor of Asian marketing at Doshisha University in Kyoto for several years.

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