Educator, writer, farmer Gregory Clark

| Feb 28, 2012

Educator, writer, farmer Gregory Clark

Gregory Clark, 75, is the Honorary President of Tama University and Trustee of Akita International University in Japan. A prolific writer, with a background in economics and international politics, his opinionated investigative pieces often spark intensive debates. His 1978 book “The Japanese Tribe: Origins ...

Eyewear designer Alain Mikli

| Dec 13, 2011

Eyewear designer Alain Mikli

Alain Mikli, 56, is not just the most famous eyewear designer in the world — he invented the job description. Mikli was the first person to achieve worldwide success as a designer of nothing else but eyeglasses. He established his own brand in Paris ...

| Sep 27, 2011

Ichifuji owners Midori and Takashi Nakao

Midori and Takashi Nakao, 55 and 61, are the owners of Ichifuji, a shop selling Japanese crockery in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. Established in 1951, the store is located in one of the oldest buildings in the jōgai shijō or outer market. More than ...

Eriko Hiratsuka

| Sep 13, 2011

Eriko Hiratsuka

Eriko Hiratsuka, 26, received her master’s degree from Waseda University’s Graduate School of Law in 2010. That’s no small achievement for anyone, but for Eriko, who has severe hearing loss in both ears, reaching her goals has always required extra effort. Although she can ...

| Aug 23, 2011

Ondagumi president Chuya Onda

Chuya Onda, 68, is the president of Ondagumi, one of Japan’s biggest hikiya companies. Hikiya specialize in deconstructing, rebuilding and moving buildings. They are also experts at lifting up houses in order to make them earthquake-proof with special high-tech materials. Since the Great East ...

Monja-yaki restaurant owner Minoru Maruyama

| Jul 12, 2011

Monja-yaki restaurant owner Minoru Maruyama

Minoru Maruyama, 68, is the owner of the Maruyama Monja restaurant. Located in Tsukishima’s Monja Street in Tokyo, his tiny joint is one of the 70 or so mom-and-pop shops in the area that all serve monja-yaki, a, pan-fried loose-batter shitamachi (downtown) snack food ...

Refugees International Japan President Jane Best

| Jun 7, 2011

Refugees International Japan President Jane Best

Jane Best is the president of Refugees International Japan, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Tokyo. Since its foundation 32 years ago, RIJ’s dedicated volunteers and staff have been raising funds in Japan and working on projects to help support refugees around the world. ...

Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Hiroshi Mizohata

| May 10, 2011

Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Hiroshi Mizohata

Hiroshi Mizohata, 50, is the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency. A native of Kyoto and a graduate of the University of Tokyo, Mizohata entered the ranks of the prestigious kanryō, the career bureaucrats who control Japan’s top-tier government offices. He worked in various ...