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JAPAN NEWS

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


Taking The Lead

A prototype of policies to curb social challenges common in Western societies


By the middle of the 21st century the number of Japanese over the age of 80 will outnumber those aged 16 or under

From the economic miracle to more than 20 years characterized by a stagnant economy and aging population, Japan is undergoing a deep socio-economic transformation Jul 27, 2017

Finance | Asia-Pacific | Japan


The Japanese Way

Japan Inc. leverages monozukuri philosophy


Left: Koichi Ogata, President, Nitta Gelatin Inc.. Center: Yuji Kaneko, President, Sodick. Right: Fujio Tahara, President, CEC

The art of excellence still drives Japanese competitiveness Jul 25, 2017

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Japan


JR-West Japan

Rail firms look to boost regional tourism




Train operators key to Japan’s tourism goals Jul 21, 2017

Tourism & Culture | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Regional Japan

Off the beaten track


Left: Dr. Keisuke Onishi, CEO, NAVITIME. Center: Tatsuo Kijima, President, JR-West. Right: Takashi Tsuchiya, President, Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank

Reaching regional Japan brings unique experiences for tourists Jul 19, 2017

Tourism & Culture | Asia-Pacific | Japan


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


Discovering the Edo Period in Nikko

Ryoichi Yuki
President and Managing Director Edo Wonderland

In this interview with The Worldfolio, Ryoichi Yuki, President and Managing Director of... Jul 13, 2017


The 4th industrial revolution to transform the financial industry

Mr. Nobuo Kita
President of SIOS Technology

Founded in 1997, SIOS technology has acquired an expertise in the sale of software, system... Jul 13, 2017


When hardware meets software: The birth of smart manufacturing

Mr. Shoji Tada
President of Nippon Systemware (NSW)

In this interview for the Worldfolio, Mr. Shoji Tada, President of Nippon Systemware (NSW),... Jul 12, 2017


Japanese SMEs a symbol of excellence

Mr. Jun Yamaguchi
President of Tokuriki Honten

Between tradition and innovation, Tokuriki Honten Co., Ltd. has been thriving to deliver... Jul 11, 2017


Curing diseases through advanced technology

Mr. Hirokazu Ogino
President and COO of Nihon Kohden

Since 1951, Nihon Kohden has engaged in the medical electronic equipment business, delivering... Jul 10, 2017


Leading the precious metal business

Satoshi Ichiishi
Executive Managing Director of Tanaka Precious Metals

Tanaka Precious Metals, through its subsidiaries, manufactures, sells, imports, and exports... Jul 10, 2017


A sense for sensory technology

Mr. Hirokazu Nakajima
Chairman of Kodenshi

Since 1972, Japanese firm Kodenshi has been involved in the manufacturing and sales of optical... Jul 07, 2017


‘Culture of integrity and honesty’ behind Japanese company’s success

Mr. Wataru Mitsutake
President of Toa Koki

Established in 1944, Toa Koki is a Japanese company whose business activities span the shipbuilding,... Jul 07, 2017


‘For a company, diversification is the engine for growth’

Mr.Yasunori Tsujita
President & CEO of Fuyo General Lease

With 12 major subsidiaries, Fuyo General Lease (FGL) is a diversified Japanese company involved... Jul 05, 2017


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



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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