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For Jane Kitagawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Spearheading the next generation of entrepreneurs

People | The Big Questions Nov 4, 2018

Spearheading the next generation of entrepreneurs

Name: James Riney Title: Managing Partner & Head, 500 Startups Japan URL: www.jamesriney.com DoB: March 6, 1989 Hometown: Tokyo Years in Japan: 17 Twenty-nine-year-old venture capitalist James Riney has some ideas on who may be the nation's next Mercari Inc. Mercari, the phenomenally successful Japanese startup and mobile flea market app ...

Hands-on diplomacy reveals charms of Nicaragua

People | The Big Questions Sep 17, 2018

Hands-on diplomacy reveals charms of Nicaragua

Located on the ninth floor of a nondescript commercial building in Nishi-Azabu, and identifiable only because of a row of United Nations-like flags outside, the diminutive yet cheery offices of the Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua are perhaps parallel to that country's influence ...

Combining science and culture for a healthier diet

People | The Big Questions Jul 29, 2018

Combining science and culture for a healthier diet

Name: Erica Angyal URL: www.erica-angyal.com DoB: May 13, 1969 Hometown: Sydney Years in Japan: 22 Former Miss Universe Japan nutritionist and bestselling author Erica Angyal, whose titles include "Sekai 1 No Bijo Ni Naru Diet" and "Gorgeous Skin in 30 Days," understands the virtues of the Mediterranean diet, globally ...

Spirit of proactivity crucial in high-demand market

People | The Big Questions Jul 15, 2018

Spirit of proactivity crucial in high-demand market

Name: Struan McKay Title: CEO, RGF Executive Search Japan (since January 2018) URL: www.rgf-executive.jp Hometown: Penpont, Scotland Years in Japan: 15 For RGF Executive Search Japan CEO Struan McKay, the recruitment industry is often misunderstood. "Ultimately, a lot of people think that recruiters are salespeople. I don't think of it ...

Working for the sake of play: Interactive family fun

People | The Big Questions Jul 1, 2018

Working for the sake of play: Interactive family fun

Name: Torben Jensen Title: Divisional Director, Representative Director and President, Legoland Japan (since August 2015) URL: legoland.jp DoB: Nov. 25, 1965 Hometown: Copenhagen Years in Japan: 22 Smartly dressed in a subtle plaid suit with a hefty timepiece adorning his wrist, Torben Jensen looks like a regular, if not a ...

Insurance leader proud to be there in times of need

People | The Big Questions Jun 3, 2018

Insurance leader proud to be there in times of need

Name: Kenneth Reilly Title: President and CEO, AIG General Insurance Co. Ltd. (since January 2018) URL: www.aig.co.jp/sonpo DOB: Aug. 29, 1973 Hometown: Kobe Working years in Japan: 8 Kenneth Reilly, president and CEO, AIG General Insurance Co. Ltd., is the first to admit that insurance isn't sexy. Laughing that most people ...

CEO's eye for opportunity forged from global career

People | The Big Questions May 13, 2018

CEO's eye for opportunity forged from global career

Name: Hans Heijligers Title: CEO, IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan (since January 2016) URL: www.anaihghotels.co.jp DOB: Sept. 10, 1959 Hometown: Amsterdam Years in Japan: 5 For IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan CEO Hans Heijligers, Japan's efforts in the men's 4x100-meter relay during the 2016 Olympics speak volumes about Japanese ...