Eyewear designer Alain Mikli

| Dec 13, 2011

Eyewear designer Alain Mikli

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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 ...

Eriko Hiratsuka

| Sep 13, 2011

Eriko Hiratsuka

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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

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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 ...

Maharaja Company president Emiko Kothari

| Apr 28, 2011

Maharaja Company president Emiko Kothari

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Emiko Kothari is president of the Maharaja Company Ltd, a chain of Indian restaurants across Japan. In 1968, Emiko and her husband, Shivji, opened their first Indian restaurant in Tokyo, and the couple’s winning recipe of mixing authentic Indian cuisine and Japanese hospitality contributed ...

Fashion designer Saleem d'Aronville

| Apr 14, 2011

Fashion designer Saleem d'Aronville

JUDIT KAWAGUCHI Saleem d’Aronville is a British fashion designer based in Tokyo. In 2003, he launched Orihica, a brand he developed for Aoki Holdings Inc., one of Japan’s top fashion retailers. As its creative director, Saleem built Orihica into a major label with 65 ...