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Women with portable electric fans in the Yurakucho district of Tokyo on Sept. 12. In Japan, Cool Biz became especially popular with women, who tended to wear lighter clothes and often complained about the cold temperatures needed to make business suits comfortable for their male colleagues.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 24, 2023
Where did all the dark-suited Japanese businessmen go?
Under Cool Biz, salarymen and government workers don short-sleeved shirts in the summer as offices are kept above 28 degrees Celsius to save energy.
Japan Times
Dec 5, 2022
Forget 'Cool Japan,' just make it your Japan
'Cool Japan' ambassador and critic Benjamin Boas reimagines efforts to promote the nation's brand abroad in his new book, u201cFrom u2018Cool Japanu2019 to u2018Your Japan.u2019u201d
Japan Times
Dec 26, 2021
Japan's local idol groups return to stage amid new COVID-19 rules
"Idol" singing and dancing acts in Nagoya such as Cool-X, Nanairo Milky Way and OSU are trying to revive close contact with fans after struggling under coronavirus-related restrictions.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Longform
May 31, 2021
Cool Japan campaign at a crossroads 10 years after setting sights abroad
The government-funded initiativeu2019s future looks uncertain given its mixed results so far in promoting Japanese culture overseas.
Japan Times
May 1, 2020
'Cool Biz' energy-saving campaign begins in Japan
The government began its annual "Cool Biz" campaign on Friday, promoting energy conservation by allowing workers to dress casually, though its offices were staffed with fewer people this year as many were working from home amid the spread of COVID-19.
Japan Times
May 1, 2018
Japan's retailers hope to boost sales by capitalizing on Cool Biz
With temperatures soaring higher than average this year, retailers are hoping to boost sales of apparel by capitalizing on the government's annual Cool Biz campaign, which started Tuesday.
Japan Times
Feb 26, 2018
Government eyes making permanent residency easier for 'Cool Japan' talent
The Abe government plans to make it easier for foreign nationals with expertise in animation and illustration to obtain permanent residency in a bid to attract talent and further promote Japanese pop culture overseas.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 15, 2018
Woman sues Cool Japan Fund over sex harassment
A former employee of the state-backed Cool Japan Fund alleges she was sexually harassed and names a senior government official in her lawsuit.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jul 22, 2017
How not to create a stink at the office
More domestic companies are taking the issue of unpleasant odors in the workplace seriously.
Japan Times
Jul 4, 2017
Several women claim sexual harassment at Cool Japan Fund
Employees of the public-private entity aimed at promoting Japanese culture and products overseas claim they were harassed by executives, including a central government bureaucrat
Japan Times
May 22, 2017
Let's discuss Cool Biz
The thermostat setting of 28 degrees recommended by the Cool Biz energy-saving campaign is stirring controversy among top government officials.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Apr 20, 2017
Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'
Two weeks ago, the United States' box office saw a surprising animated feature take the top spot and generate large amounts of discussion — and memes — on social media.
Japan Times
Apr 1, 2017
What, if anything, makes Japan unique?
In February, American comedian Atsugiri Jason remarked on a Fuji TV talk show that one of the "demerits" of being a foreign TV personality in Japan is that he can't publicly say he thinks those aspects of Japanese culture which Japanese people believe are "uniquely amazing" are not, in fact, uniquely amazing. The example he gave was Japan being the only country with four distinct seasons. If he pointed out on a TV show that in the U.S. there are also four distinct seasons, he's sure the comment would be edited out of the program.
May 30, 2016
Cool Biz energy-saving campaign kicks off
The government has kicked off its annual Cool Biz campaign, during which workers are encouraged to dress more casually to help reduce energy use.
Japan Times
May 2, 2016
Cool Biz dress campaign kicks off with earlier end date
The government kicked off its annual Cool Biz campaign Monday to encourage workers to dress more casually to reduce energy use, with ministries and agencies allowing staff to wear polo shirts, aloha shirts and similar attire.
Japan Times
Apr 24, 2016
'Cool Japan' needs to listen to its target market
As far as awards ceremonies go, the Sugoi Japan Awards were a fairly flashy affair. Held on March 22, the prizes recognized recent titles in anime, manga and fiction that an online poll of Japanese fans wanted to do well overseas.
Japan Times
Apr 16, 2016
Can Japan make itself great again by 2050?
The bad news is, Japan is beset by seemingly insoluble problems. The good news is the word "seemingly." No nation whose rise to economic superpowerdom began a bare decade after being bombed to rubble in history's most destructive war will ever find anything truly "insoluble." Japan will astonish us yet. Give it 34 years, says Clyde Prestowitz. Give it till 2050.
Japan Times
Apr 3, 2016
Japan's indie acts make an impact in New York without the help of 'Cool Japan'
Music industry extravaganza South by Southwest (SXSW) is over and, as always, some of the Japanese acts were able to make it to New York while they were in the country.
Japan Times
Jan 31, 2016
Kyary ride does its part for 'Cool Japan'
"Cool Japan Heats Up" declares a sign welcoming visitors to an area of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) devoted to the country's hottest pop culture exports.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2015
From 'samurai' to 'Hello Kitty,' search data show how the world's view of Japan has changed
Analytics data suggest Japan is better known abroad as the land of Hello Kitty than as a country full of swaggering samurai and mincing geisha.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves