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Towards a better tomorrow

Experts on learning from the past to create a brighter future

Unlock: The Real Japan combines Nikkei Asia’s renowned insight into the business world with Time Out Tokyo’s knowledge of city life, ensuring that visiting executives can experience all sides of life in Japan. This special site is dedicated to looking back – commemorating 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake – and forward to Japan’s exciting green future.

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Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Partner content by the Government of Japan

Ten years after disaster struck, we report from Northeast Japan to hear how the area responded with gratitude to international aid and has made an impressive recovery.

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Manabu Chiba

A design for life

Manabu Chiba

The remarkable story of how ArchiAid, a group of architects formed by Manabu Chiba, came together to help rebuild the areas impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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Unlock: Tohoku

Unlock: Tohoku

Area guide

Walking trails, sake breweries and memorial parks: your essential guide to Tohoku, an area that’s booming ten years after it was hit by natural disaster.

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The local paths to net zero

The local paths to net zero

Partner content by the Government of Japan

How local initiatives across Japan are leading the way to carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Fuel for thought

Fuel for thought

Eiji Ohira

The director general of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Group at the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization on how it is paving the way for a renewable-fueled future.

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New power generation

New power generation

Special report

Can Japan spearhead the green energy revolution? We profile four companies taking renewables to the next level and break down the country’s efforts so far in an exclusive infographic.

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Yuriko Koike

Capital city

Yuriko Koike

Since being elected governor of Tokyo in 2016, the first woman to hold the city’s top post, Yuriko Koike has publicly called for the Japanese capital to reinstate itself as a global financial center on par with London and New York. In an exclusive interview, she tells Akio Fujii, Chair of Editorial Board, Nikkei Inc, how she plans to do it.

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Chris Grimes

Walking into tomorrow

Chris Grimes

Christopher Grimes, executive editor of Nikkei Asia on how the Covid-19 pandemic provided him with an opportunity to take stock, look forward and fall in love with Tokyo all over again.

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Kazuhiko Yoshimatsu

Taking the next step

Kazuhiko Yoshimatsu

Established in 2019 with the goal of boosting the attractiveness of Tokyo’s financial ecosystem, FinCity.Tokyo is aiming to transform Japan’s capital into a major global financial city to rival the likes of London and New York. General manager Kazuhiko Yoshimatsu tells Shun Tanabe the seven steps they plan to take to get there.

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Partner content by Atsumi & Sakai

Success in the city

Partner content by Atsumi & Sakai

How law firm Atsumi & Sakai hope to empower the next generation of foreign businesses looking to grow in Japan.

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Tak Umezawa

Money matters

Tak Umezawa

Reinventing Tokyo as the leading financial hub in Asia is no easy feat. Management consultant and government advisor Tak Umezawa highlights the potential stumbling blocks.

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Financial capitals

Financial capitals

Infographic

We take the 10 leading financial cities according to the latest Global Financial Index (GFCI) and compare them in 10 key categories to find our global champion.

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Barry Joshua Grisdale

Access all areas

Barry Joshua Grisdale

Barry Joshua Grisdale, offes us some valuable insights about the role accessibility could play in Tokyo’s future as a global financial city

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Takuya Miyata

Smart thinking

Takuya Miyata

Takuya Miyata gives his tips on how Tokyo should adapt smart city practices to become a future financial hub

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Matthew Wilson

New school of thought

Matthew Wilson

The dean of Japan’s oldest and largest foreign university on how education will shape Tokyo’s tomorrow

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Partner content by MEES/NEW IS

International schools

Partner content by MEES/NEW IS

The current situation for international schools in Japan

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Tomohiro Kaneko

Travel planning

Tomohiro Kaneko

Director General of the International Tourism Department, Japan Tourism Agency, Tomohiro Kaneko offers his vision for the future of travel to Japan.

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Toshiko Mori

Building a better tomorrow

Toshiko Mori

World renowned architect Toshiko Mori looks forward to the future of cities the world over.

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Shea Lih Goh

Thinking differently

Shea Lih Goh

Trailblazing executive Shea Lih Goh, President of Philip Morris Japan, on why Japan needs to embrace diversity for a better tomorrow.

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Daiki Fukushima

Building bridges

Daiki Fukushima

Daiki Fukushima CEO of technology, import and export company Toho International on how advances in remote business can bring Japan and China closer together.

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>Atsushi Kato

Unlock: Haneda

Atsushi Kato

The Kajima Corporation’s General Manager Atsushi Kato explains how Haneda Innovation City will usher in a new era of robots, self-driving cars and immersive experiences.

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Serkan Toso

Food for thought

Serkan Toso

Serkan Toso turned his passion for Japanese food into a business. Here’s his take on the future of Japan’s cuisine, travel and start-up scenes

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Guide: Noriko Maniwa

Unlock: Yokohama

Guide: Noriko Maniwa

The newest delights of the future-focused city revealed.

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Guide: Robert Orchard

Etiquette guide

Guide: Robert Orchard

The dos and don’ts of doing business in the age of Covid.

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