Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
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Abe's Economic Policies

Abenomics: are the three arrows on target?


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Abenomics

The first two arrows of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Abenomics strategy focused on giving the Japanese economy a short-term jolt. But many business... Jun 03, 2017

Finance | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Tourism in Japan

A land of surprises


Edo Wonderland, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Discovering the hidden attractions in Japan, from ancient shrines to amusement parks Jun 01, 2017

Tourism & Culture | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japanese Innovation

The best connectivity in the world




Japan has built an ultra-efficient transport system, where the train reigns supreme. By further enhancing both internal and regional connectivity, the... May 31, 2017

Transport | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japanese Innvation

Revolutionary materials made in Japan


Japanese companies like Komatsu Seiren are developing innovative materials such as ‘GreenBiz’

Textiles and chemical companies develop next generation materials that aim to promote a more sustainable future Apr 27, 2017

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


A New Focus of Tourism

Unveiling Japan


Ryoichi Matsuyama, President, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

Tackling stereotypes in the tourism sector Apr 24, 2017

Tourism & Culture | Asia-Pacific | Japan


U.S.-Japan Relations

A new phase in U.S.-Japan relations




With a 30% share of FDI in the world’s third largest economy, the U.S. stands for Japan’s top investor. After months of “hard talk”... Apr 20, 2017

Government | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japan in Africa

Japan looks to grow its presence across Africa


An increasing number of Japanese companies are venturing into Africa

Between 2016 and 2018, Japan has pledged to invest $30 billion in Africa’s development, as it bids to join the likes of China and the US in the battle... Apr 11, 2017

Tourism & Culture | Government | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Made in Japan

Japanese brands aim to export unrivaled quality




Japanese firms take great pride in what they create and enjoy a loyal domestic customer base. A weaker yen has created an opportunity for Japanese manufacturers... Mar 24, 2017

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Industrial Transformation

The robotics solution


RBI’s Maholo performs experiments previously done by humans using the same laboratory equipment, rotating around seven axes

Japanese industrial robots have been transforming the way industries work and operate, leading to enhanced efficiency and providing a remedy for a declining... Jan 31, 2017

Science & Technology | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Greentech building Japan

Sekisui House: Building by example with zero-energy housing




Leading the greentech building revolution is Japanese firm Sekisui House, the world’s number one constructor of zero-energy houses, whose CEO was... Jan 27, 2017

Infrastructure | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Hi-Tech Revolution

New technologies drive efficiency in manufacturing sector




Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes that a new technology-driven industrial revolution will underpin a massive expansion of his country’s economy Jan 24, 2017

Science & Technology | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Cutting-Edge R&D

Japan strives for innovation


Many of Japan’s research projects aim at tackling climate change and reducing global dependence on fossil fuels

It might for now trail California’s Silicon Valley as the world’s leading high technology research and development hub, but Japan is starting... Nov 25, 2016

Science & Technology | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Innovation behind the scenes

Satoshi Sawamura
President of ROHM Co., Ltd.

ROHM is a leader in the semi-conductor and component history. Through years of expertise... Jun 24, 2017


Japan, driving the future of the Semiconductor industry through Automation

Mr. Yoshiyuki Fujishiro
President RORZE Co.

In this interview for The Worldfolio, Mr. Yoshiyuki Fujishiro -President of Rorze- delivers... Jun 13, 2017


Giving students a broad perspective and multilateral approach to thinking

Takashi Matsuoka
President of Doshisha University

Established in 1875, Doshisha University is one of Japan's oldest private institutions... Jun 13, 2017


Revitalizing the regions

Mr. Takashi Tsuchiya
President of Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank (OKB)

Takashi Tsuchiya, of regional-based Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank (OKB) speaks about Abenomics impact... Jun 09, 2017


Tailormade solutions and client-first approach

Mr. Koichi Ogata
President of Nitta Gelatin Inc.

Nitta Gelatin Inc., one of the world leaders in gelatin and collagen production, delivers... May 30, 2017


In the midst of major turning point

Mr. Kotaro Morita
President of SAKATA INX CORP.

In this interview for the Worldfolio, Mr. Kotaro Morita, President of Japan-based Sakata... May 29, 2017


Transforming ICT to drive the construction industry

Mr. Christopher Liew
Vice President & Regional Executive Asia North of Bentley Systems

In this interview for the Worldfolio, Christopher Liew of Bentley Systems gives us his unique... May 22, 2017


Monozukuri at its finest

Mr. Yuji Kaneko
President and Representative Director SODICK Co. Ltd.

Since 1976, Sodick has manufactured over 55,000 EDM machines and over 30,000 linear motor... May 19, 2017


Yamato Scale: Delivering the Japanese “master’s mind and technique.”

Mr. Kawanishi
President & CEO of Yamato Scale Co.,Ltd.

In this interview for the Worldfolio, Mr. Kawanishi, president & CEO of Yamato Scacle... May 19, 2017


Regional Banks in Japan are set for consolidation

Junji Ishii
President of North Pacific Bank

Mr. Ishii, President of North Pacific Bank shares his perspectives on how the regions are... May 19, 2017


‘Making something from nothing’

Mr. Kazuhiro Kashio
President of CASIO

In this interview for the Worldfolio, Mr. Kazuhiro Kashio, President of Casio, gives us... May 19, 2017


A leader in mercury waste management

Mr. Yasushi Fujiwara
President of NOMURA KOHSAN CO., LTD

Nomura Kohsan is engaged in the collection, transportation and disposal of municipal and... May 16, 2017


More than a creator of games, a maker of art

Mr. Owen Mahoney
President of NEXON

In this interview for the Worldfolio, Mr. Owen Mahoney, President of NEXON, shares with... May 09, 2017


Smartphone-based advertising agency is revolutionizing the Asian market

Haruhisa Okamura
President and Founder Adways Inc.

With more than 10 years’ experience, Adways is providing customized campaigns for... Apr 18, 2017


An authentic Japanese experience that will contribute to regional revitalization

Yoshihiro Murai Governor Miyagi Prefecture
Governor of Miyagi Prefecture

The largest majority of the 24 million tourists that came to Japan in 2016 visited Tokyo,... Apr 12, 2017


HORIBA champions ‘the Kyoto way’

Atsushi Horiba
President of Horiba

“What sets us apart is our willingness to adopt new technology that no other company... Apr 07, 2017


New applications developed for ostrich antibody technology

Osamu Maeda
Zeal President and CEO

With less than 7 years of history, Zeal Cosmetics has developed not just a good range of... Mar 21, 2017


Recycling: an art Japanese society is very good at

Mr. Hideki Hashira
President of Daiseki

By recycling 90% of the waste managed, Daiseki has built a business model that is not just... Mar 15, 2017


How to reach the major tourists spots from Kansai International Airport

Teruhiko Achikita
President & CEO of Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd

With over 50% of all Japan’s national treasures, the Kansai area is increasing the... Mar 10, 2017


Research on sleep quality at the core of innovation for Airweave

Mr. Motokuni Takaoka
Founder & CEO of Airweave Inc.

Seeking for differentiation in a tough market, Airweave found an angle difficult to tackle.... Mar 10, 2017


A total lifestyle company provides an innovative approach to curb the challenge of the aging population

Masaaki Yoshida
President of Renaissance Inc.

From fitness and sports clubs to SPAs and health management for corporations, Renaissance... Mar 07, 2017



LOCATION:

Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula



MAP REFERENCES:

Asia



AREA:

total: 377,915 sq km



CLIMATE:

varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north



TERRAIN:

mostly rugged and mountainous



NATURAL RESOURCES:

negligible mineral resources, fish



LANGUAGES:

Japanese



RELIGIONS:

Shintoism 83.9%, Buddhism 71.4%, Christianity 2%, other 7.8%



POPULATION:

127,103,388 (July 2014 est.)



MAJOR URBAN AREAS - population:

TOKYO (capital) 37.217 million; Osaka-Kobe 11.494 million; Nagoya 3.328 million; Fukuoka-Kitakyushu 2.868 million; Sapporo 2.742 million; Sendai 2.428 million (2011)



GOVERNMENT TYPE:

a parliamentary government with a constitutional monarchy



CAPITAL:

name: Tokyo



GDP (purchasing power parity):

$4.729 trillion (2013 est.)



GDP (official exchange rate):

$5.007 trillion (2013 est.)



GDP - real growth rate:

2% (2013 est.)



GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 1.1%

industry: 25.6%

services: 73.2% (2013 est.)  



AGRICULTURE - products:

rice, sugar beets, vegetables, fruit; pork, poultry, dairy products, eggs; fish



EXPORTS - partners:

China 18.1%, US 17.8%, South Korea 7.7%, Thailand 5.5%, Hong Kong 5.1% (2012)



IMPORTS - partners:

China 21.3%, US 8.8%, Australia 6.4%, Saudi Arabia 6.2%, UAE 5%, South Korea 4.6%, Qatar 4% (2012)




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