Helping SMEs to standardization

| Nov 4, 2014

Helping SMEs to standardization

Economic globalization is not just a matter of concern for large companies, but also for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which account for more than 99 percent of companies in Japan, thus forming the basis of the nation’s economy. In dealing with globalization by ...

Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

Sep 12, 2014

Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

For Kyoto to continue growing as a tourism-oriented city, it must take steps that combine landscape planning with services, the mayor says. Fortunately, many aspects of Japanese culture that originated in Kyoto have gained international recognition in the past 20 years, even as the ...

Connecting two cities beyond interpretation

| Aug 31, 2014

Connecting two cities beyond interpretation

Interpreters and translators facilitate communication and understanding between people who speak different languages, which sometimes is instrumental in bridging two distant cities. Tomoko Kitamura-Nielsen, a journalist, coordinator and adviser based in Lolland, Denmark, was happy to hear the news in July about the opening ...

Working to broaden EU-Japan cooperation in research

| May 9, 2014

Working to broaden EU-Japan cooperation in research

I was surprised Japanese children knew the European Union, said Maria Cristina Russo, director for international cooperation in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, who joined an event on robots held on April 13 in Tokyo during her recent visit to Japan. ...