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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


AI & IoT

The fourth industrial revolution, an opportunity Japan can’t afford to miss


Takahiro Hachigo, President, CEO & RD, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Through the promotion of new technologies, artificial intelligence and the Internet of things, Japan is positioning itself to be a major figure in the... Sep 19, 2016

Telecoms & ICT | Science & Technology | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Beyond Sushi

Food makers look to supply rising global demand for healthier, high-quality products




Rising demand for healthier foods in the U.S. and Europe and the growth in popularity of Japanese food across the globe translates to big opportunities... Sep 17, 2016

Others | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Property Development

Japan real estate a safe long-term bet for investors




The commercial property and rental markets have experienced significant gains, while the Trans-Pacific Partnership and 2020 Tokyo Olympics bode well for... Sep 15, 2016

Real Estate | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Japanese Pharmaceuticals

Promotion of generic drugs core of new pharma policy


Itsuro Yoshida, President, Towa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

With generic drugs making up only 30% of total sales, the government and Japanese pharmaceutical firms hope that increasing the use of generic drugs will... Sep 13, 2016

Health | Asia-Pacific | Japan


Kaneka to become a ¥1 trillion company by 2020 leveraging on R&D and global expansion

Dr. Mamoru Kadokura
President of Kaneka

In an interview with United World, Dr. Mamoru Kadokura, President of Kaneka, describes... Jan 16, 2017


Suruga Bank records highest revenue despite negative interest rates

Mitsuyoshi Okano
President &CEO of Suruga Bank

In an interview with United World, Mr. Mitsuyoshi Okano, President of Suruga Bank, explains the unique... Jan 11, 2017


Customer satisfaction is our top priority

Mr. Daisuke Murata
President & CEO Daisuke Murata

President & CEO Daisuke Murata talks with The Worldfolio about Muratec’s new developments,... Jan 09, 2017


The best eco-friendly transmission system on the market

Teruaki Nakatsuka
President & CEO of JATCO

JATCO accounted for 41% of global continuous variable transmission (CVT) production last... Dec 20, 2016


Space agency raises international competitiveness of commercial partners

Dr Naoki Okumura
President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The commercialization of JAXA’s in-house developed technologies from its R&D holds... Dec 16, 2016


Automation promises big opportunities for quality software

Fujio Tahara
President of Computer Engineering & Consulting

Fast, precise, and high quality manufacturing and production, for which Japan is renowned,... Dec 16, 2016


Leasing experts maximize local know-how

Yasunori Tsujita
President & CEO of Fuyo General Lease Co., Ltd.

Particularly specializing in aircraft, ICT and real estate leasing, President & CEO... Dec 15, 2016


Shinkansen: the backbone of the Japanese economy

Koei Tsuge
President of Central Japan Railway Company

An outstanding safety, reliability and performance record has made Japan’s high-speed... Dec 13, 2016


Innovative rail group keeps growth on track

Masaki Ogata
Vice Chairman of the East Japan Railway Company

Focused on innovation, energy efficiency, ICT, speed and above all safety in Japan’s... Dec 13, 2016


Agora rebrands Japanese hospitality

Aya Aso
President & CEO of Agora Hospitalities

Offering a diverse collection of hotels spanning traditional ryokan to full-featured resorts,... Dec 09, 2016


FM experts expand SE Asian network

Ryusei Kajiyama
President of Biken Techno Corporation

There are two sides to a business: the people that create things from scratch, and the people... Dec 09, 2016


United robotics R&D to put Japan ahead

Takafumi Morita
President & CEO of Yutaka Electronics Industry Co., Ltd.

If Japan wants to enhance its innovative capacity robotics, it should coordinate the effort,... Dec 02, 2016


Adaptability, formula to chemicals success

Katsunori Kawabata
President & CEO of Earth Chemical Co., Ltd.

Producer of a wide range of household products and insecticides, Earth Chemical has proven... Nov 28, 2016


Ad agency takes profound market analysis & unique youth insight global

Shinichi Ueno
President and CEO of ADK Group

One of the few Japanese advertising agencies to compete on US soil, ADK Group aims to go... Nov 18, 2016


Renewables vital to the global shift to a smart energy mix

Masato Taguchi
President of Sinanen Co. Ltd.

Originally a charcoal manufacturer then later an oil & gas wholesaler, electricity reseller... Nov 15, 2016


“Much like the American Dream, this is the era of the Japanese Dream”

Yasuyuki Nambu
Group CEO of the Pasona Group

From its beginnings as a temporary staffing company, the Pasona Group is now an industry... Nov 11, 2016


Generics: local production for local consumption

Itsuro Yoshida
President of Towa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Some 65 years after its establishment, Towa Pharmaceutical has grown into a key player in... Nov 11, 2016


First-mover content creator has VR in its sights

Naruatsu Baba
President & CEO of Colopl, Inc.

Launched in 2008, Colopl, Inc. is now one of Japan’s largest mobile game developers... Nov 09, 2016


On a mission to promote open innovation

Toshiyuki Shiga
Chairman & CEO of the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan

Founded in July 2009 to promote innovation, encourage entrepreneurialism and inspire R&D... Nov 08, 2016


Shueisha brings Japanese media content to the US, Europe, Asia & South Africa

Marue Horiuchi
President of Shueisha

Manga and anime content provider Shueisha is one of Japan’s leading publishing houses.... Nov 02, 2016


Advanced insulator developer stays ahead of the curve

Taku Oshima
President of NGK Insulators, Ltd

As the world economy develops, there will be more need for electricity and hence more opportunities... Oct 25, 2016



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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