Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017
JAPAN NEWS

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 & Enterprise

High hopes for a high-tech nation


Tokyo is on the path to regaining its status as Asia’s most innovative and dynamic city, driven by companies like Softbank

Japanese officials say the country is experiencing an innovation rebirth that will be showcased at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, while an improving business... Oct 25, 2016

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Toys & Entertainment

Land of entertainment reinvents itself with innovation and global phenomena


Michihiro Maeda, President, Epoch Co., Ltd.

In the face of having an aging population, Japan’s toy industry has managed to not only transition into a new era of entertainment, but also increase... Oct 20, 2016

Others | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Diversity in Energy

The quest for the right power mix sparks surge in green energy potential


Left: Keizo Morikawa, President, RD & CEO, Cosmo Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. / Right: Akira Nagai, President & CEO, Harmonic Drive Systems Inc.

Top Japanese companies are now distancing themselves from their country’s over-reliance on nuclear power generation to focus on safer, economically... Oct 15, 2016

Energy | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japan's Economic Renaissance

Reinventing Growth




Challenged on multiple fronts, the rising sun empire is working to reinvent itself–driven by a leader who wants to prove his country’s economic... Oct 12, 2016

Government | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Networking Entrepreneurs

DMM.Africa sponsors Startup Weekend Tokyo on Africa


Seattle-based Startup Weekend meets DMM.Africa to promote innovation and build new business connections between Africa and Japan

Three months after the African Business Idea Cup (ABIC) 2016 was held in five countries in Africa, DMM.Africa is sponsoring Startup Weekend Tokyo on the... Oct 05, 2016

Services | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Lucrative Exports

Japanese technology creates global problem solvers


Kenji Miura, President & RD, Systena Corporation

Many companies are identifying highly lucrative opportunities to export high-tech Japanese products, services and know-how, particularly to emerging markets Oct 03, 2016

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Quality Craftsmanship & Social Conscience

Monozukuri, the Japanese way of instilling values of responsibility and consequence




Embodying the spirit of excellence and focusing more on the art of craftsmanship and conscience, rather than the pure mechanics of creation, Monozukuri... Sep 26, 2016

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


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


New global electronics trading giant to unleash the full potential of IoT and AI

Mr. Takashi Ishibashi
Corporate Executive Vice President of Tomen Electronics

Nexty Electronics, the new company resulting from the merger between Tomen Electronics and... Feb 28, 2017


Keihan Holdings diversifies its business portfolio to develop the unforgettable tourist experience

Yoshifumi Kato
President of Keihan Holdings

"Tourism is an essential factor for the growth of our country,” affirms Yoshifumi... Feb 28, 2017


The simplest way to navigate the most exquisite cuisine in Japan

Mr. Hisao Taki
Chairman of Gurunavi

With over 200 restaurants holding at least 1 Michelin star, Tokyo, the culinary capital... Feb 27, 2017


Nittoku Engineering targets the U.S. EV motors market with its unmatched coil-winding technology

Nobushige Kondo
President of Nittoku Engineering

Know-how, innovation and forward-looking thinking are three concepts at the core of the... Feb 27, 2017


Taking personal navigation to new heights

Dr. Keisuke Onishi
President & CEO of Navitime Japan

Beyond Google maps and Apple maps, Navitime offers a comprehensive service that allows you... Feb 20, 2017


Revolutionizing the food industry

Mr. Junji Torigoe
President of Sagamiya Foods Co., Ltd.

Japan is leading key developments in the global food processing industry, and Sagamiya Foods... Feb 20, 2017


Yokogawa Electric pioneers innovative AI and AR solutions to industrial automation and control

Mr. Takashi Nishijima
President & CEO Yokogawa Electric Corporation

The deregulation of the energy market has opened new opportunities for Yokogawa Electric.... Feb 17, 2017


West Group at the forefront of the green revolution

Mr. Takashi Kikkawa
Chairman and Representative Director of West Group

After years of being a “salary man”, Mr. Takashi Kikkawa decided to go it alone... Feb 16, 2017


HAL Laboratory bets on unique attention to details and customers’ happiness to be at the forefront of the dynamic gaming industry

Mr. Masayoshi Tanimura
Chairman and CEO HAL Laboratory

In an interview with United World, Mr. Masayoshi Tanimura, Chairman and CEO of HAL Laboratory,... Feb 10, 2017


LINE shapes the smart communication portal of the future pioneering AI

Takeshi Idezawa
CEO of LINE

LINE is the operator of Japan's most popular messaging service. In an interview with... Feb 01, 2017


Riken Corp: will to innovate remains key component of industrial leader’s future drive

Mr. Noritada Okano
Chairman and CEO of Riken Corporation

One of the world’s leading piston ring makers, synonymous with technological advancement,... Jan 31, 2017


Pigeon expands in the US with Lansinoh pioneering IoT

Shigeru Yamashita
President of Pigeon

Last fiscal year Pigeon recorded a 21.3% ROE. With already a high domestic market share... Jan 30, 2017


Nihon M&A leverages on SMEs’ know-how, R&D, and technology to unleash their potential and support their global expansion

Mr. Suguru Miyake
President of Nihon M&A

In an interview with The Worldfolio, Mr. Suguru Miyake, President of Nihon M&A, explains... Jan 30, 2017


Enhancing the global food culture

Mr. Tsuneyuki Minami
President of Nantsune Co., Ltd.

Japanese technologies are finding new frontiers to increase our living standards. Osaka-based... Jan 26, 2017


Kanamoto, the “machinery convenience store” of Japan

Mr. Kanchu Kanamoto
Chairman of Kanamoto Co., Ltd.

In an interview with United World, Mr. Kanchu Kanamoto, Chairman of Kanamoto, underlines... Jan 18, 2017


Kagoshima: Japan's door to modernization

Mr. Yoshitaro Iwasaki
President & CEO of Iwasaki Group

A prefecture in the south of the country treasures history and natural beauty. Its capital,... Jan 17, 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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