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JAPAN NEWS

Sosei World Co., Japan

Sosei Water: an answer to fracking concerns?




An environmentally minded Japanese company has developed a special water with unique properties that allow it to be used to power engines and even as a... Jan 24, 2018

Energy | Asia-Pacific | Japan


iREX, Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2017

‘Come and explore how we can shape the future together’


Mr. Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Chairman of iREX 2017 and Managing Executive Officer of Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Robotics Division

Mr. Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Chairman of iREX 2017 and Managing Executive Officer of Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Robotics Division, speaks with The Worldfolio... Nov 29, 2017

Industry & Trade | Science & Technology | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Discover Japan

Off the beaten track: there is so much more than Tokyo


Red-bibbed Jizo statues in Nikko National Park

Beyond the bright lights of Tokyo, Japan offers a feast of cultural, natural and gastronomic wonders to enliven the senses, such as Ise-Shima National... Aug 31, 2017

Tourism & Culture | Asia-Pacific | Japan


The New Japan

Tourism: the new engine for growth


Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions

With the goal of drawing 20 million inbound tourists annually by 2020 within reach four years ahead of schedule, the government doubled the target to 40... Aug 29, 2017

Tourism & Culture | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Regional Revitalization

Regional revitalization, the backbone of sustainable growth in Japan


Revitalization is imperative in many of Japan’s regions, which are suffering the impact of an aging population and the mass exodus of youth to major urban centers

A rapidly aging population has particularly damaging effects on rural economies. Japan’s youth are flocking to the country’s major urban areas,... Sep 25, 2017

Science & Technology | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japan Monetary Policy

BOJ’s negative interest rate to promote banking consolidation and diversification


It remains to be seen if the Bank of Japan’s move will pay off, but results elsewhere have been encouraging

The Bank of Japan’s unprecedented cut of interest rate down to negative territory aims at ending Japan’s chronic deflationary pressure. At... Aug 23, 2017

Finance | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japan Goes Global

The rebirth of Japan Inc.




Prime Minister Abe is pushing forward policies in an effort to open up the country’s economy to the global market. Japan Inc. is following suit with... Aug 21, 2017

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japanese Manufacturing

At the forefront of green manufacturing


Takashi Matsuoka, President, Doshisha University

International agreements to reduce CO2 emissions due to climate change, stringent environmental regulation, and growing demand from consumers for energy... Aug 17, 2017

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


RORZE Japan

The future of productivity and growth in the semiconductor industry passes by automation


Yoshiyuki Fujishiro, President and CEO, RORZE Corp.

By implementing the right automatic systems, manufacturers can improve their factories’ productivity by more than 20 percent Aug 14, 2017

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japanese Robotics

Rise of the robots




Smart machines save employment, increase productivity and enhance reliability. Welcome to the future. Aug 10, 2017

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japanese Technology

Innovation behind the scenes




Real innovation might be where you least expect it Aug 08, 2017

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japan Autoindustry

Riken drives performance with its cutting-edge and cultivated technology


Noritada Okano, Chairman and CEO, Riken Corp.

The autoparts maker, whose advanced piston rings can be found in cars around the world, has developed a diverse portfolio of groundbreaking technologies... Aug 04, 2017

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Building innovation

Kan Kudo
President & CEO of Kobelco Engineered Construction Materials Co., Ltd.

The Worldfoilo sits down with Kan Kudo to discuss disaster prevention building construction... Apr 11, 2018


Quality and innovation: the proof is in the paper

Yasuhiro Miki
President of Awa Paper & Technological Company

The Worldfolio sits down with Yasuhiro Miki to discuss his company’s century-long... Apr 05, 2018


Higashi Nippon International University looks to welcome more international students

Sakuji Yoshimura
President of the Higashi Nippon International University

Sakuji Yoshimura speaks about the internationalization of Japanese education, and the courses... Apr 04, 2018


Forging success

Koichi Sakaguchi
President of Ohmi Press Works and Forging

An interview with Koichi Sakaguchi, President of forging company Ohmi Press Works and Forging.

 

Mar 23, 2018


‘The ability to communicate within different contexts is crucial to the development of Japanese education’

Yoshimasa Hayashi
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology

Japan is trying to internationalize and adapt to a more globalized world, and crucial to... Mar 22, 2018


A pioneer of next generation materials

Mr. Shinji Goto
President of Nippon Tungsten Co., Ltd.

Since its foundation in 1931, Nippon Tungsten Co., Ltd. has been supporting the advanced... Mar 13, 2018


‘Our products have great performance unmatched by our competitors’

Mr. Norio Okubo
President of Ohishi Sangyo

Mr. Norio Okubo, president of packaging company Ohishi Sangyo discusses his company’s... Mar 13, 2018


Okabe sets the wheels in motion in China

Makoto Hirowatari
President of Okabe

A manufacturer of high-quality, high-performance and environmentally friendly metal fasteners... Mar 09, 2018


The business of beauty

Hidetaka Yoshikawa
Chairman and CEO of Takara Belmont

We speak to Hidetaka Yoshikawa, Chairman and CEO of Takara Belmont, about his company’s... Mar 08, 2018


In the business of heightening the senses

Satoshi MASUMURA
President & CEO of TAKASAGO International Corporation

The Worldfolio sits down with CEO, Satoshi MASUMURA, to discuss his company, Takasago International... Mar 08, 2018


Science, the nucleus of industry: a “twin-core” strategy for growth

Mr. Gon-emon KURIHARA
President of JEOL

With a global presence and almost 3,000 employees, JOEL is a manufacturer of scientific... Mar 08, 2018


Japan’s most international university

Mr. Deguchi Haruaki
President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

A small university with a grand vision, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) aims to... Mar 07, 2018


University builds true global citizens with a multipronged internationalization strategy

Mr. Kenji Yokoyama
Vice President of APU

Mr. Kenji Yokoyama, Vice President of APU, and Mr. Yuichi Kondo, Dean of APU, explain how... Mar 07, 2018


‘Our goal is to be one of the top ten technical universities in Asia by 2027’

Masato Murukami
President of the Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT)

Masato Murukami, President of the Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), discusses the... Mar 07, 2018


Behind successful building projects are the machines that are built to last

Mr. Kotaro Hirano
CEO of Hitachi Construction Machinery

Kotaro Hirano, CEO of Hitachi Construction Machinery, discusses the company’s worldwide... Feb 06, 2018


Neuron branches out

Shinichi Iwamoto, President of Neuron Japan Co.
President of Neuron Japan Co

The Worldfolio sat down to discuss the operations of joint and pipe manufacturer Neuron,... Feb 05, 2018


Innovative materials to lead transformative trends in automotive, civil engineering and semiconductor industries

Kazushi Abe, President of Elastomix Co., Ltd.
President of Elastomix Co., Ltd.

Elastomix president Kazushi Abe talks to The Worldfolio about the unique know-how and technology... Feb 05, 2018


Exploring new ground

Raito Kogyo
President of Kazuo Suzuki

Civil engineering firm Raito Kogyo, whose main business is in slope protection and stabilization,... Feb 01, 2018


‘Our goal is to endlessly create key technologies in the field of ICT’

Ryuichi Oka
President of the Univeristy of Aizu

The Worldfolio sat down with Ryuichi Oka, President of the University of Aizu, to discuss... Jan 31, 2018


JICA triggers a virtuous cycle towards the achievement of SDGs in ASEAN and beyond

Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka
President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), highlights... Jan 26, 2018


Tohoku: discovering Japan’s hidden gem

Satoshi Seino
Chairman of Tohoku Tourism Promotion Organization

Part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s agenda is regional rivatalization through tourism... Jan 26, 2018



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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