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Quentin O’Mahony is wheels down with CAE and its joint venture with JAL

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Though he’s Canadian, it pleases Quentin O’Mahony to say that he was born in Ireland —Kilkenny City to be precise, home to the famous cream ale. He was also a world traveler even as a child. His family emigrated to Terrace, British Columbia when he was 5-years-old and before his… Read

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One woman's mission to revive ailing kimono industry

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With grit and business acumen gleaned from executive roles in the corporate world, Joanne Wilkinson is using her love of kimono to support a community devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. After climbing the ladder to become the COO of Dell Japan in 2012, she gave up… Read

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SMBC actively studying acquisition of U.S. bank

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The new head of Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) said it is "actively studying" an acquisition of a U.S. bank, as part of efforts to seek a reliable dollar funding source for future growth. Securing cheap, stable dollar funding has been a major challenge for Japanese banks, which have… Read

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Value of the arts

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“Art is the essence of life”, Jun-Ichi Nihei, managing director of Japan Arts Corporation said, explaining the premise behind the firm. Recognising that the appeal of classical arts — from solo and orchestral performances to ballets and operas — is timeless, Japan Arts Corp promotes international exchanges that bring classical… Read

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New global order

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What in retrospect now seems like a much simpler time than now, 2015 represented a bumper year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A), with total deal value topping $4 trillion. And although at a lower level, deal value remained healthy in 2016 despite the twin shocks of the UK’s Brexit vote… Read

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GINZA SIX to revitalize Tokyo's premier shopping district

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On April 20, the new GINZA SIX mixed-use complex will open its doors to the public. It is the newest and largest retail area in Tokyo’s famous shopping district. GINZA SIX stands on 1.4 hectares of space comprising two city blocks, including the former site of Matsuzakaya Ginza department store… Read

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Fashion frees women from dull office uniformity

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It is rare that, outside Japan, you hear anything positive about the lot of women in the Japanese workplace. Well-meaning rankings and anecdotal articles frequently do little more than reinforce tired stereotypes. Still, change is afoot and there are many voices in the Japanese corporate world that have a nuanced… Read

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One Indonesian woman's road to a successful business In Japan

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A few years ago, Erdina Oudang was just a financial professional who loved traveling to Japan. She would frequently tour Tokyo on seasonal breaks from her work at a bank in Singapore, exploring the country’s cuisine and culture. Today, she is the owner of two flourishing businesses based in Tokyo… Read

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Cool Japan Ambassador Paul Christie talks about plans to highlight a different side of the country

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Japan is in the middle of a tourism boom. In 2016, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization, the country welcomed 24 million inbound visitors, a rise of 22% on the previous year. Even so, the country still lags behind the UK, which attracted 37 million visitors between December 2015… Read

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Trends in infrastructure finance

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The investment landscape is being continuously transformed by global developments and economic change. The topic was addressed by Peter D. Raymond, global leader, Capital Projects and Infrastructure at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), who spoke to members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) recently at Tokyo American Club as part… Read