Innovative planning, foreign startups tie into urban life

Jun 8, 2019

Innovative planning, foreign startups tie into urban life

Compact and efficient, the energetic city of Fukuoka is an ideal venue to host this weekend's two-day G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, with the vibrant metropolis slated to also welcome major events such as some 2019 Rugby World Cup matches, as ...

Proactive actions crucial to attain workplace diversity

May 31, 2019

Proactive actions crucial to attain workplace diversity

Diversity is at the core of many of the labor and economic policies designed by the current government, including work-style reforms and promotion of women's participation in society. How much has actually changed in Japanese workplaces? Are they becoming more diverse in all aspects? Prior ...

Exclusive fair by Noritake and Okura chinaware

May 24, 2019

Exclusive fair by Noritake and Okura chinaware

Noritake, a Japanese fine dinnerware brand that was launched in 1904, has been celebrated around the world for its delicate design and world-class quality. Okura chinaware, a sister company of Noritake, has high-quality chinaware selections that have been a long-standing favorite of VIPs around ...

Steadfast support for global unity

May 9, 2019

Steadfast support for global unity

by Patricia Flor

It is with great pleasure that I address the readers of The Japan Times on Europe Day. The day marks the presentation on May 9, 1950, of the Schuman Declaration, which proposed the creation of a European coal and steel community that would evolve ...

Trade pact lauded as 'victory'

May 9, 2019

Trade pact lauded as 'victory'

The economic partnership agreement (EPA) between the European Union and Japan, which entered into force on Feb. 1, created a marketplace with 635 million people that comprises almost one-third of global gross domestic product. It is the biggest trade deal negotiated by the EU ...

High hopes for EPA-related areas

May 9, 2019

High hopes for EPA-related areas

by Michael Mroczek

As newly elected chairman of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC), I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to The Japan Times for this ongoing opportunity to address its readers on Europe Day, which marks the 69th anniversary of the signing of ...

Ceremonies mark start of Reiwa Era

May 1, 2019

Ceremonies mark start of Reiwa Era

Japan's imperial succession entered a key stage on Wednesday with ceremonies marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the throne, a day after his 85-year-old father abdicated as the first living Japanese monarch in over 200 years to do so. Emperor Naruhito | KYODO As a member of ...

A lifelong passion for water studies

May 1, 2019

A lifelong passion for water studies

by Eriko Arita

Emperor Naruhito, who ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday following the abdication of his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito on Tuesday, is the first emperor who has studied outside Japan. He is known for his wide range of interests in foreign countries and also for ...

Addressing disposal and recycling systems in Japan

Apr 29, 2019

Addressing disposal and recycling systems in Japan

Marine plastic waste is an ongoing and long-term problem that must be addressed for the betterment of the world for future generations. As plastic that is not properly disposed of makes its way to the sea via rivers and other routes, marine plastic waste continues ...

Conference explores halal's global growth

Apr 25, 2019

Conference explores halal's global growth

Drawing over 1,444 delegates from 56 countries, the 11th World Halal Conference (WHC) 2019 was successfully held on April 3 and 4 in Kuala Lumpur. Participants included government representatives, business leaders, halal industry players, entrepreneurs, scholars and stakeholders. Discussions highlighted various growth opportunities in ...

Culture, industry before a backdrop of scenic rice field

Apr 19, 2019

Culture, industry before a backdrop of scenic rice field

On Jan. 1, Niigata Port celebrated its 150th anniversary since opening. One of the first five ports in Japan open to foreign trade, business was active and Niigata's Kitamaebune ships transported a variety of both international and domestic goods and supplies to and from ...

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 ...