Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017
JAPAN NEWS

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


Japan Inc. Goes Global

Shrinking domestic market pushes Japan Inc. abroad


Kunio Otani, President, Nichirei

Every challenge also brings opportunity: Japan’s aging population and shrinking domestic market urges Japanese firms to innovate and expand overseas... Aug 02, 2017

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


The New Japan

The Rebirth of Japan Inc.




Thanks to a strong showing from exporters, Japan has racked up five quarters of uninterrupted economic expansion; its best run since 2006. Its highly-specialized... Jul 31, 2017

Finance | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Deregulating energy in Japan

Mr. Michiaki Hirose
President of Tokyo Gas

‘Energy is one of the biggest problems we are encountering and the de-regulation is... Oct 10, 2017


‘From where we sit as lawyers, there is a determined effort for a new reform package’

Emerico O. De Guzman, Eusebio V. Tan and Angara Abello Concepcion
Regala & Cruz Law Offices

An interview with Emerico O. De Guzman, Eusebio V. Tan and Angara Abello Concepcion of Regala... Oct 09, 2017


‘We are not fancy like Disney Land and we do not aim to be so’

Mr. Hirota Akihiko
CEO and President of Asakusa Hanayashiki

Visiting an amusement park may not be on the top of a foreign visitor’s list when... Sep 25, 2017


The ‘NeeSeeds-Oriented’ approach

Takao Ando
President of Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd.

An interview with Takao Ando, President of Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd.

Sep 22, 2017


KH Neochem aims to globally expand its chemical sales

Keiichi Asai
President of KH Neochem

An interview with Keiichi Asai, President of KH Neochem

Sep 22, 2017


Tradition to drive innovation

Daikichiro Kobayashi
President of Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd

An interview with Daikichiro Kobayashi, President of Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd

Sep 21, 2017


Improving the tolerance of crops and plants to deal with the changing environment

Mr. Yosuke Tomoi
NIHON NOHYAKU

Mr. Yosuke Tomoi, President of the Nihon Nohyaku Group, works to ensure a safe and steady... Sep 18, 2017


Spreading Japanese ‘monozukuri’ around the world

Mr. Fumiaki Ono
President of nms HOLDINGS

In this interview, Mr Fumiaki Ono President of nms Holdings Corporation discusses his visionnary... Sep 13, 2017


Shidax: building a new corporate model by developing “Social Wellness”

Mr. Kinichi Shida
SHIDAX

In this interview, Mr Kinichi Shida, leader of the famous entertainment company, walks us... Sep 13, 2017


Alps Electric’s relentless pace in collaborative technological innovation

Mr. Toshihiro Kuriyama
President ALPS Electric

From smartphones, ICT devices to automobiles and the energy sector, President Kuriyama’s... Sep 11, 2017


‘I believe we are hidden heroes, invisible to the public’s eye’

Mr. Shinkichi Suzuki
President and CEO of Kawakin Holdings

Kawakin Group aims to become an engineering solutions group that provides high-grade products... Sep 04, 2017


QR code inventor remains on top of innovation

Mr. Hiroyasu Nakagawa
President DENSO WAVE

Denso Wave Inc. is a leading company which provides best solutions in the business... Sep 04, 2017


The scientific approach to managing environmental impact

Kengo Mizuochi
President of Environmental Control Center

Kengo Mizuochi discusses Japan’s Environmental Control Center’s strategy to... Aug 12, 2017


Contributing to the people of the world with agro-technology and sincerity

Mr. Akihei Mori
President of OAT Agrio

OAT Agrio is a young agro-chemical company with a long history stretching back to the 1950s.... Aug 09, 2017


Made in America – Made by Nissei

Hozumi Yoda
President of Nissei Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd.

Hozumi Yoda, President of Nissei Plastic Industrial, sits down with United World to talk... Aug 08, 2017


Unveiling the many faces of a beautiful country

Yoshio Horigome
President of Alpico Group

Yoshio Horigome, president of Alpico Group, discusses the merits of Japan as a tourism destination,... Aug 08, 2017


From Tokyo’s pulsing heart, Shibuya, to Manhattan: TLC eyes global expansion

Hitoshi Uemura
Vice Chairman of Tokyu Land Corporation

With a diversified portfolio of services, Tokyu Land Corporation–one of the leading... Aug 07, 2017


Healthy – Balanced – Better

Yoshisato Kikuchi
President of Tiger Corporation

Tiger Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of rice cookers, stainless steel beverage bottles,... Aug 03, 2017


Beyond Sports Every Day

Yuji Saeki
President & CEO of Mikasa

Japanese firm Mikasa produces the official games balls for the Olympic Games, as well as... Aug 02, 2017


A global company that produces locally

Soichi Inoue
Chairman & CEO INOAC Corporation

INOAC Corporation has grown from a manufacturer of bicycle tires and tubes to an international... Aug 01, 2017


‘We must always be one step ahead’

Yoshiharu Katsuta
President and Representative Director of Hitachi Maxell

Yoshiharu Katsuta, President and Representative Director of Hitachi Maxell, speaks to The... Jul 18, 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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