Japan has too few good journalists because mainstream media reporters unconsciously begin their stories from the point of view of prized informants.
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Key to understanding the idea of the "storytelling teahouse" is the Japanese concept of "ichi-go, ichi-e" ("one time, one meeting").
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu has two families: one hailing from Ireland and the other from Japan. His paternal ancestors emigrated from southwestern Ireland to the northeastern United States near the end of the 19th century. His grandmother died when his father was still a child, leaving ...
A professor and counselor, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu believes that telling your own story under the right circumstances can be part of a healing process.
Preserving the past is not just an academic exercise.
“How lucky I am to be here, right now,” is something Tom Kelley often tells himself. The D4V chairman (Design for Ventures) and IDEO partner could be sitting in any one of IDEO’s nine global offices, but the Tokyo studio is his favorite.
Japan is running out of time. Where will migrants come from when the international competition for Asian workers heats up?
Other central banks will likely release fresh rounds of monetary easing, but Japan's central bank is out of ammunition.
To end people's fears that the public pension won't support them in retirement, the government must place comprehensive social security reform at the top of the political agenda.
Conductor Zubin Mehta once told Robert Ryker that Mehta's two orchestras, the Montreal Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, had the world's two finest tuba players. Ryker, then 22 years old, was one of them. It was a rare compliment for any musician, most ...