Hisashi Oka, president and CEO
Feb 14, 2024
OAT Agrio grows better farms with green tech, agrochemicals
OAT Agrio Co. Ltd. produces environmentally friendly fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals for the sake of both better food security and nature. In a recent interview with The Japan Times, the company’s president, Hisashi Oka, talked about its hands-on efforts to learn more and continue improving...
Double articulated track
Jan 29, 2024
Seino delivers greener logistics through open public collaboration
Seino Holdings Co. Ltd. has been in the logistics business for more than 90 years. Last June, the Gifu-based company expanded its continuing efforts to be environmentally friendly when it announced a long-term vision of “Team Green Logistics” based on a concept of an open public platform.
The Tsukuba Geo Museum is a hands-on exhibition facility.
Jan 22, 2024
New geopark museum, cycle park showcase Tsukuba’s attractions
The Ibaraki city of Tsukuba in November launched a new facility, Mt. Tsukuba Gate Park, that focuses on promoting the charms of the Mt. Tsukuba Area Geopark and supporting Japan’s cycling culture. City officials stationed there explained what the facility offers and how they aim to nurture the civic...
Makoto Miyauchi, CEO of B-Lot
Jan 8, 2024
Young B-Lot is on the realty A list for renovations plus innovations
It has been 15 years since the founding of B-Lot Co., a real estate investment, consulting and management company, and nine years since it was publicly listed. It is still a relative youngster in the industry, which is also polarized between giant players serving large enterprises and small ones targeting...
Yasuhiko Ushikubo
Jan 8, 2024
Mizuho aims to hasten renewable energy technology
From left: Naho Sato, President Masamichi Idemitsu and Naoki Tajima
Dec 18, 2023
Mita Kosan develops real estate, community in central Tokyo area
Mita Kosan Co. Ltd., a real estate developer and leasing company, is housed in an office building right across the road from Keio University’s East Gate in the Mita district of Tokyo’s Minato Ward. The area has a uniquely mixed atmosphere: premium and academic, yet homey with a lot of small local...
Yoshiaki Saito
Dec 4, 2023
How Nomura Research Institute cultivates local entrepreneurship
Creating a startup ecosystem is easier said than done, especially in rural areas.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals