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.
Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake
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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.
A design for life
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.
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.
The local paths to net zero
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How local initiatives across Japan are leading the way to carbon neutrality by 2050.
Fuel for thought
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.
New power generation
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.
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.
Walking into tomorrow
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.
Taking the next step
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.
Success in the city
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How law firm Atsumi & Sakai hope to empower the next generation of foreign businesses looking to grow in Japan.
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.
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
Barry Joshua Grisdale, offes us some valuable insights about the role accessibility could play in Tokyo’s future as a global financial city
Takuya Miyata gives his tips on how Tokyo should adapt smart city practices to become a future financial hub
New school of thought
The dean of Japan’s oldest and largest foreign university on how education will shape Tokyo’s tomorrow
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The current situation for international schools in Japan
Director General of the International Tourism Department, Japan Tourism Agency, Tomohiro Kaneko offers his vision for the future of travel to Japan.
Building a better tomorrow
World renowned architect Toshiko Mori looks forward to the future of cities the world over.
Shea Lih Goh
Trailblazing executive Shea Lih Goh, President of Philip Morris Japan, on why Japan needs to embrace diversity for a better tomorrow.
Daiki Fukushima CEO of technology, import and export company Toho International on how advances in remote business can bring Japan and China closer together.
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.
Food for thought
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
Guide: Noriko Maniwa
The newest delights of the future-focused city revealed.
Guide: Robert Orchard
The dos and don’ts of doing business in the age of Covid.