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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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Bright ideas

Bright ideas

Christopher Grimes

The executive editor of Nikkei Asia asks whether Japan can innovate its way out of an energy and climate crisis.

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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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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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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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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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Live and learn<

Live and learn

Partner content by Nishimachi International School

How Nishimachi International School is nurturing tomorrow’s global citizens.

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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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Playing safe

Playing safe

Hidekazu Kido

The Japan Sport Council’s National Stadium Service Division Manager tells Genya Aoki his plans to make the country’s showpiece arena Covid-secure.

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ESG

ESG: Business for the Good of the World

PARTNER CONTENT BY KOMATSU/NYK LINE/RICOH/TORAY/TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN/UCHIDA YOKOs

Naoya Hasegawa on how ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) is key to global business investment decisions, plus six Japanese companies share their plans for implementing ESG initiatives in their business strategies.

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Working smarter

Working smarter

Kinya Tagawa

The head of international design agency Takram is already planning for a new world of work. He shares his plans with Io Kawauchi.

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Engineering a better tomorrow

Engineering a better tomorrow

Digital society

Three Japanese welltech innovations looking to improve the way we all live featuring a personal trainer in your ear, a new mind gym and a very loveable robot.

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Unlock Kabuto-cho

Unlock: Kabuto-cho

Area guide

Exploring Tokyo’s answer to Wall Street from a Swedish coffee joint to a hotel whose rooms are works of art – literally.

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Life through a lens

Life through a lens

Katsumi Hirabayashi

One photographer’s ten-year mission to capture the impacts of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the efforts to rebuild.

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Games changer

Games changer

Keiichiro Yamamoto

NEC’s Senior Manager talks to Kaori Hori about the potential of facial-recognition systems to help save Tokyo’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Talking travel

Talking travel

Tourism

Hiroyuki Fushitani, Tomoe Makino and Takahiro Saito discuss the future of Japan’s tourism industry.

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Dear Diary

Dear Diary

Tatsuya Abe

The president of Health Tech Lab talks to Noriko Maniwa about how his Kenkou Nikki app could help combat Covid and allow for safe mass events in the future.

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A different class

A different class

Kentaro Sugawa and Yoshihisa Tomonaga

The directors of Global Sky Education talk to Io Kawauchi about how virtual reality could help reshape Japan’s education system.

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Changing schools

Changing schools

Akihiro Arai and Tetsuhiro Arai

Konosu City Board of Education members on the need for a quantum leap in Japan’s classrooms.

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Etiquette guide

Etiquette guide

Digital society

Take a crash-course on the country’s culture from the comfort of your own phone, tablet or laptop.

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