Sunday, Aug 19, 2018

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


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

Fujidenolo: the perfect marriage of design and technology

Mr. Tatsushi Watanabe
President of FUJIDENOLO

Fujidenolo is a fine example of the innovative and technological prowess of Japan’s... Aug 16, 2018

ITC: bringing its medical management expertise around the world

Johtaro SEKI
President of ITEC

One  of  the  greatest  domestic  challenges  for  Japanese ... Aug 07, 2018

‘Yoshitake takes great pride in the reputation we have built: quality and reliability’

Mr. Tetsu Yamada
President of YOSHITAKE INC.

Yoshitake Inc. is a comprehensive manufacturer of the regulating valve that is essential... Aug 07, 2018

Toyoda Van Moppes: enhancing machine performance

Azuma Arai
President of Toyoda Van Moppes LTD.

Toyoda Van Moppes is a leading manufacturer specializing in diamond rotary dressers and... Aug 07, 2018

‘Universities in Japan are aware of the need to attract more students from overseas’

Dr. Mitsuhiro Tanji
Principal of Hanazono University

Hanazono University was established in 1872 by Myoshinji Temple of the Rinzai Zen sect of... Jun 27, 2018

‘We want to bring out the highest potential of each student’

Mamoru Kake
Vice-Chairman of Kake Group

The Kake Group controls a number of Kake Educational Institutions, which consist of private... Jun 27, 2018

Quality: the proof is in the paper

Yuji Matsuda
Yuji Matsuda, President of Tokushu Tokai Paper Co

Yuji Matsuda, President of Tokushu Tokai Paper Co, gives us his insight into the changing... Jun 08, 2018

Helping to keep plants running safely and smoothly

Fumito Shinkawa
President of Shinkawa Electric Co.

The Worldfolio speaks to Fumito Shinkawa, President of Shinkawa Electric Co., a Japanese... Jun 08, 2018

Japanese craftsmanship in manufacturing

Mr. Shigeyuki Nishimi

The Worldfolio speaks to Shigeyuki Nishimi, President of Saginomiya Seisakusho, which makes... Jun 05, 2018


President of TECNISCO

We speak to Keizo Sekiya, President of TECNISCO, who discusses Japanese monozukuri, the... Jun 05, 2018

‘The incredible growth potential of our company represents an interesting opportunity for investors’

President of YMC Co. Ltd

Ryuji Yamamura says developments in medical care will lead to enormous growth for his company,... Jun 05, 2018

Gearing up for FOOMA Japan 2018

Mr. Fumiharu Masuda
Chairperson of FOOMA JAPAN 2018

We speak to Fumiharu Masuda, Chairperson of FOOMA JAPAN 2018, ahead of this year’s... May 29, 2018

‘Made in USA’ jeans, made by Japan

Masaji Kaihata
President of Caitac Corp.

The Worldfolio speaks with Masaji Kaihata, President of Caitac Corp., about his company’s... May 28, 2018

‘We are looking for some solid partners in order to further expand our medical business’

Nobukazu Suzuki
President of the ASTI Corporation

Nobukazu Suzuki, President of the ASTI Corporation, discusses his firms work in micro needle... May 17, 2018

A century of shipbuilding

Takao Kawamoto

An interview with Takao Kawamoto of shipbuilding firm, Tsuneishi Group.


May 16, 2018

‘We have always strived to create a prosperous world through construction projects’

President of Hitachi Zosen

We speak with President of Hitachi Zosen, Takashi Tanisho, about the superiority of Japanese... May 09, 2018

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


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




total: 377,915 sq km


varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north


mostly rugged and mountainous


negligible mineral resources, fish




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


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)


a parliamentary government with a constitutional monarchy


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)




Vision/Mission Our Vision We continue: ・To...

Tohoku University

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Sankyo Tateyama, Inc.

Vision/Mission “Creating New Value and Contributing...


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