Sunday, Feb 25, 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

Behind successful building projects are the machines that are built to last

Mr. Kotaro Hirano
CEO of Hitachi Construction Machinery

Kotaro Hirano, CEO of Hitachi Construction Machinery, discusses the company’s worldwide... Feb 06, 2018

Neuron branches out

Shinichi Iwamoto, President of Neuron Japan Co.
President of Neuron Japan Co

The Worldfolio sat down to discuss the operations of joint and pipe manufacturer Neuron,... Feb 05, 2018

Innovative materials to lead transformative trends in automotive, civil engineering and semiconductor industries

Kazushi Abe, President of Elastomix Co., Ltd.
President of Elastomix Co., Ltd.

Elastomix president Kazushi Abe talks to The Worldfolio about the unique know-how and technology... Feb 05, 2018

Exploring new ground

Raito Kogyo
President of Kazuo Suzuki

Civil engineering firm Raito Kogyo, whose main business is in slope protection and stabilization,... Feb 01, 2018

‘Our goal is to endlessly create key technologies in the field of ICT’

Ryuichi Oka
President of the Univeristy of Aizu

The Worldfolio sat down with Ryuichi Oka, President of the Univeristy of Aizu, to discuss... Jan 31, 2018

JICA triggers a virtuous cycle towards the achievement of SDGs in ASEAN and beyond

Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka
President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), highlights... Jan 26, 2018

Tohoku: discovering Japan’s hidden gem

Satoshi Seino
Chairman of Tohoku Tourism Promotion Organization

Part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s agenda is regional rivatalization through tourism... Jan 26, 2018

Revolutionary water, made in Japan

Mr. Toshiharu Fukai
President of Sosei World

The Worldfolio interviews Mr. Toshiharu Fukai, President of Sosei World, which has developed... Jan 24, 2018

Zuken Inc., a pioneer in the EDA industry set to grow globally

Jinya Katsube
COO and Representative Director ZUKEN Inc.

Thanks to its historical expertise in Electronic Design Automation, Zuken Inc. has been... Jan 08, 2018

FUJI OOZX, a case study of excellence in the valve industry

Mr. Kengo Fukaya
President of FUJI OOZX

Mr. Kengo Fukaya, President of FUJI OOZX, explains how his company seizes new opportunities... Jan 08, 2018

Products to keep up with new global needs and developments

Yuichiro Naya
President and CEO of Meiko Electrnoics Co., Ltd.

Meiko provides various state-of-the-art products, such as high-density and high-performance... Dec 21, 2017

Agro-Kanesho’s ‘farmer-oriented’ approach to product development

Mr. Hironori Kushibiki
President of agrochemical firm Agro-Kanesho

Mr. Hironori Kushibiki, President of agrochemical firm Agro-Kanesho, speaks to The Worldfolio... Dec 21, 2017

The Toyota Boshoku way

Mr. Shuhei Toyoda
Chairman of Toyota Boshoku

The Toyota Boshoku group undertakes its business through more than 100 companies in regions... Dec 18, 2017

Quality paints supporting global logistics

Mr. Masataka Uetake
President of Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd.

An interview with Mr. Masataka Uetake, President of Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd.

Dec 18, 2017

A fine display of superior Japanese technology

Yoshitaka Jitsumori
President and CEO of EIZO

EIZO is a visual technology company that manufactures high-end monitors and display solutions... Dec 13, 2017

Ready to power up the ASEAN

Tsutomu Kumagai
President of Tokyo Energy & Systems Inc. (TES)

With 70 years of experience in the Japanese domestic market, Tokyo Energy & Systems... Dec 12, 2017

“A sky-high vision and down-to-earth mindset”

Mr. Hirokazu Kondo
President of Toshiba Carrier

Mr. Hirokazu Kondo, President of Toshiba Carrier, sit down with the Worldfolio to discuss... Dec 11, 2017

A fresh perspective on the Japanese IT sector

Mr. Genichi Tamatsuka
President of Hearts United Group

In this interview, Mr. Genichi Tamatsuka, President of Hearts United Group, gives his perspective... Nov 30, 2017

‘Honshu Chemical possesses superb technologies which are unique’

Mr. Yuji Fukuyama
President of Honshu Chemical

Mr. Yuji Fukuyama, President of Honshu Chemical, discusses his company’s specialized... Nov 29, 2017

A pioneering developer of Micro & Fine technology

Motoshi Shinkai
President of Nippon Seisen

In this interview with The Worldfolio, Motoshi Shinkai, President of Nippon Seisen, discusses... Nov 28, 2017

IMV Corporation, maker of the largest vibration testing system worldwide

Mr. Jumpei Kojima
President of IMV Corporation

Since its establishment in 1957, IMV has been deeply involved in research and development... Nov 24, 2017


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)




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Tohoku University

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Sankyo Tateyama, Inc.

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