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

Water-refill platform mymizu succeeds with fluid ideas

Kerry Furukawa Contributing writer

When Mariko McTier and her co-founder started the water-refilling platform mymizu four years ago, they were trying to change minds,...

At Volvo Car Japan, it’s safety first for all of humanity

Warren Meehan Contributing writer

Volvo Cars already has a high reputation for safety and reliability, but for Nico Mira, Volvo Car Japan’s head of...

Problems drive sustainability leader Sawyer to solutions

Warren Meehan Contributing writer

Thriving in the jungles of Costa Rica without electricity or running water provided Kai Sawyer with a new perspective on...

Chamber’s Townsend bridges Japan, Australian, N.Z.

Kerry Furukawa Contributing writer

The recent sit-down between Sally Townsend, chair of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), and...

No exceptions to equality: lawyer Alexander Dmitrenko

Warren Meehan Contributing writer

Growing up as a Ukrainian during the collapse of the former Soviet Union, Alexander Dmitrenko sensed an air of freedom...

Enjoi Japan cross-pollinates to grow garden of diversity

Warren Meehan Contributing writer

Japanese companies often can find the solutions they are seeking if they let their employees flourish, according to Jackie Steele,...

Athlete, entrepreneur Carole Fuchs raises awareness

Kerry Furukawa Contributing writer

Carole Fuchs is always ready to climb a mountain. If she has had a bad day, she conquers a peak...

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

Jacob Reed Contributing writer

By the year 2040, Yuki Hanyu, the CEO of IntegriCulture Inc., aims to build a factory on Mars. Leveraging his...

Sustainable Lab harnesses the power of data science

Jacob Reed Contributing writer

Yuki Kishi, the chief financial officer of Sustainable Lab, a financial technology startup that gathers companies’ ESG data and provides...

Havary’s recyclable paper bottles make water special


Perhaps the primary issue in achieving sustainable targets is not an absence of awareness but a lack of something far...

IGES: Preserving biodiversity with science, foreteller insects

Nader Sammouri Contributing writer

How blind are we to things too big to see directly? Take the environment — why should people care? Our...

The venue is the message for G7 talks host Hiroshima

Warren Meehan Contributing writer

As the host city for next year’s Group of Seven summit, Hiroshima conveys a particularly intrinsic message about humanity’s capacity...

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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