Celebrating philanthropic achievements at art showcase

Mar 30, 2019

Celebrating philanthropic achievements at art showcase

Haruhisa Handa, who wears many hats as a calligrapher, painter, singer, noh performer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, held an opening ceremony for a solo exhibition of his paintings and sho (Japanese artistic calligraphy) works in Tokyo on March 18. The exhibition, which mostly featured works by ...

Job agency pursues quality over quantity

Mar 29, 2019

Job agency pursues quality over quantity

As Japan's labor market becomes increasingly globalized, Spring Professional (the Adecco Group Japan Permanent Placement Division) has been rapidly attaining achievements and a reputation for successfully matching job seekers of varied nationalities with domestic and foreign enterprises in Japan. Keiichiro Itakura, managing director of Spring ...

Food options expanding for Japan-bound Muslims

Mar 25, 2019

Food options expanding for Japan-bound Muslims

There was a bit of a scrum outside Ajiran ramen house on Feb. 27, when around 30 media representatives and food buffs waited to sample the fare on offer at the newest noodle shop on the block in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Interestingly, there was no miso, ...

Mutual gains in Japan-Malaysia investment

Mar 25, 2019

Mutual gains in Japan-Malaysia investment

Japanese companies can greatly benefit from investing in Malaysia to expand into the Muslim market as providers of halal products. There are many opportunities for Japanese companies in the Malaysian halal industry, especially through joint venture collaborations with local companies boasting halal expertise, enabling technology ...

Agon Shu offers prayers for victims of disaster and world peace

Mar 25, 2019

Agon Shu offers prayers for victims of disaster and world peace

People attending the Agon Shu Buddhist Association's Fire Rites Festival on Feb. 11 saw something unusual as they made their way up the winding road to the site of the annual ritual in the hills east of Kyoto. Fallen trees lay everywhere on the ...

Halal event expected to surpass records

Mar 12, 2019

Halal event expected to surpass records

When the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) opens in Kuala Lumpur on April 3, it will follow in the hope of topping last year's phenomenally successful event. 2018 was the 15th iteration of the halal industry's largest global event that attracted 778 exhibitors from 32 ...

Municipalities launch multilingual services for crises

Mar 11, 2019

Municipalities launch multilingual services for crises

by Eriko Arita

The eighth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 is a good opportunity to learn disaster preparedness measures. Understanding how to obtain emergency information from reliable sources, such as local governments, is a good first step. With foreign visitor numbers expected to ...

The future is now: AI aids foreign residents

Mar 5, 2019

The future is now: AI aids foreign residents

What do I have to do as a member of the chōkai (neighborhood association)? I'm expecting a baby. What do I need to do at city hall? Where can I use Wi-Fi services? I want to know how to use a fire extinguisher! The roughly ...

Exercising goodwill in symbolic role

Feb 22, 2019

Exercising goodwill in symbolic role

Emperor Akihito marked the 30th year of his reign on Jan. 7, and the government will be holding a ceremony on Sunday to celebrate this milestone. On April 30, after three decades on the throne, the Emperor will be the first living Japanese monarch ...

Imperial dedication to those in need

Feb 22, 2019

Imperial dedication to those in need

Emperor Akihito has devoted his 30 years on the throne to defining his role as "symbol of the state," a new status created under the postwar Constitution. After 30 years, the 85-year-old Emperor's time on the throne is drawing to a close as he is ...

Bilingual contract recruitment in Japan

Feb 18, 2019

Bilingual contract recruitment in Japan

In today's candidate-short market, skilled bilingual professionals are in great demand. RGF Professional Recruitment Japan is a bilingual recruitment arm of Recruit Group, the biggest in Japan and Asia, and the world's fourth-largest recruiting and information service company, fulfilling global staffing needs for both ...