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Launching and nurturing an online community In Japan

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For evidence of the power of a simple idea, hard work and perseverance, look to Amanda McCready. Arriving in Tokyo six years ago with no know-how or contacts, the stay-at-home mom set up Tokyo Expat Network (TEN) to help others in her situation. Today the Facebook group has some 26,000… Read

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Puroland director maps out a future for 'kawaii' culture

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Established in 1990, Sanrio’s now 30-year-old theme park Puroland has led the global kawaii culture scene side by side with its parent company for over decades. In 2019, when their theme park business was facing a downturn, Aya Komaki, 60, became the first female director of Puroland, as well as… Read

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Cryotherapy — Cold is the new hot

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When you think of freezing yourself in a -180 degrees Celsius chamber, you instantly associate it with a scene from a sci-fi film - someone is frozen in a time capsule and wakes up 100 years later. Whole body cryotherapy is a form of non-contact cold remedy in which you… Read

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Culture of change: GSK’s journey for better health, teamwork and communication

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Long before Covid-19 turned the business world upside down and presented the health­care industry with one of its greatest challenges, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was transform­ing how teams work together. The UK-headquartered, science-based pharma­­­­ceutical and health­care firm’s global team researches, develops and manufactures innova­­tive pharma­c­eutical medicines, vaccines and consumer health­care products. Behind everything they do… Read

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Priyanka Yoshikawa: From Miss World Japan to entrepreneur in the wellness world

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From moving from Japan to the States to India all before the age of 10, to being picked on at school for looking different to winning the 2016 Miss World Japan title—and being the first half—Japanese contestant to do so, Priyanka Yoshikawa is the definition of resilience. While she’s been… Read

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The human touch: Cisco Japan President Dave West on saving your business and community

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Covid-19 has turned the business world on its head, and technology has become the lifeline to keep society running as efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus force people apart. Online collaboration and secure communication are especially important, and American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) President’s Circle member company Cisco Systems G.K. is… Read

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Shogo Suzuki: The CEO changing Japanese society’s attitude to ex-inmates

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Japan’s prison system has been thrown into the spotlight in recent months thanks to the accusations against, and detention of, one Carlos Ghosn, illustrious ex-CEO of Nissan. This has exposed questionable practices such as “hostage justice”; forcing suspects into limbo through extended detention until they confess, irrespective of real guilt.… Read

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Inspiring women: U.S.-raised entrepreneur nurtures work–life balance

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Entrepreneur Megumi Iguchi always looked up to her parents as guiding lights for life’s journey. From childhood, Iguchi admired her father, an executive in a trading company, and her mother, a stay-at-home mom. Both, she told The ACCJ Journal, struck a good balance between success at work and stability at home, something… Read

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Startup upstart: Help at last for ladies who launch

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Ruriko Koko Sato never thought she’d become an entrepreneur, let alone help lead a community of women business founders. But as one of the creators of Startup Lady, that is precisely where she finds herself. Together with Startup Lady co-founders Moeko Suzuki, Amee Xu, and Steffie Harner, Sato is helping the association grow its influence across… Read

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts brings independent hotel experience to guests worldwide

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Many independent hotels, both large and small, often need help to attract inbound visitors. Unlike major chain hotels, they don’t have the network and they also wish to keep their identities distinct from other hotels. Membership in Preferred Hotels & Resorts helps them do that. The family-owned company, founded in… Read

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