Thirsty? This ryokan's faucets run with mandarin juice

Jul 28, 2016

Thirsty? This ryokan's faucets run with mandarin juice

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Takashi Oyabu is the president of a company in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, that operates tourist infrastructure with a difference. Its portfolio includes ryokan (traditional inns), restaurants and shops that sell high-end, locally made items such as towels and ceramics. In the lobby of Dogo ...

More foreign students launching businesses in Japan

Jan 13, 2015

More foreign students launching businesses in Japan

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Three years ago, Tokyo resident Qi Hongqiang launched Skypechina, an online Chinese-language school, using ¥5 million borrowed from his parents back home in Hebei province, China. The 27-year-old graduate of a Japanese university needed the cash to fulfill one main requirement for obtaining an ...

Entrepreneur urges mindset change

Feb 12, 2014

Entrepreneur urges mindset change

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A U.S.-based entrepreneur who became the first Japanese invited to a U.S. presidential State of the Union address has said that Japan must shake off its “stagnation” by fostering innovation and ditching outdated ideas. Speaking in Tokyo, Hiroyuki Fujita, the 47-year-old founder and president ...

Joi Ito: Master of multitasking

| Nov 5, 2006

Joi Ito: Master of multitasking

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Joichi Ito, better known as Joi Ito, defies any one simple label. Japanese-born, he is U.S.-educated, and as a result is both bicultural and perfectly bilingual. Although he is a highly successful free-market venture capitalist, he is also a fervent advocate of social democracy ...