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Melissa Uchiyama: Sparking creativity in young minds

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American writer and Tokyo resident Melissa Uchiyama realized the importance of encouragement from an early age. As a child growing up in Arizona and Florida, Uchiyama loved music, lyrics, nature, dance and art. By fifth grade, however, she knew that she was a “word person” and decided that she would… Read

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Gakken sets the pace in education, welfare for Japan’s future

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When Hiroaki Miyahara was managing the Kobe branch of Gakken Classroom (a division of education and welfare services provider Gakken Holdings), in January 1995, he learned a valuable lesson that has remained with him ever since. The earthquake that devastated the city left the business in a precarious position. Yet… Read

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PIE VAT: U.S.-originated startup carves out niche in tourism industry

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When Pie Systems was launched in 2018, international tourist arrivals had grown by 5% to reach 1.4 billion and export earnings in the industry had reached $1.7 trillion. But by 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic raging and borders closing, that changed. For Pie Systems, a startup with a mobile app… Read

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JOS: Japan’s one stop shop for international companies entering the market

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Getting a foothold in the Japanese market can be a daunting challenge for a foreign company, big or small, and entrepreneurs. Knowing where to start can be a very difficult first step. This is where Japan Outsourcing Solutions (JOS) comes in. Its services are designed to make the process as… Read

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Digital FX: COVID spurs digital transformation in travel, education and cross-border industries

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Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the way that we travel—and, in particular, use foreign currency—is set to undergo a massive transformation. That is according to Cameron Hume, the managing director at Travelex APAC, and Jun Otani, the representative director at Travelex Japan. Since the pandemic, financial institutions, FX service providers… Read

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RE/MAX Amistad: A people-first approach to real estate

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Buying, selling, and renting real estate in Japan while dealing with language and cultural barriers can pose a formidable challenge for anyone seeking to break into the market. Luckily, for those in the Tokyo area, RE/MAX Amistad can help its clients meet their real estate needs without the obstacles. The… Read

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Make your real estate investment flourish with Axios

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The assistance of a property management company that has clients’ best interests in mind and offers the highest standard of service is an invaluable asset when it comes to entering the real estate market in Japan. Particularly for overseas investors and international residents entering this market, you’ll definitely want to… Read

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Japanese dream: Foreign entrepreneur hits the ground running in Tokyo’s tech market

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When American Anatole Varin first came to Japan, he had no idea that, some 20 years later, he would lead one of the most successful tech companies by a foreign founder in the country. In a wide-ranging interview, Varin speaks about founding The Plant Co Ltd, an E-commerce, content management… Read

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Chief Relationship Officer Sarah Bull brings a personal touch to business

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For Sarah Bull, people are at the heart and soul of any business, and engaging with them effectively and empathically is her secret to success. The Saitama-based Australian is chief relationship officer (and director of legal services) at Translation Business Systems Japan (TBSJ), a role that encompasses the management and… Read

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Argentum Wealth Management: Putting your money to work

For many foreigners living and working in Japan, retirement may be a long time off; for some, it may be on the horizon. For other expats who have left Japan and moved overseas, how to manage their investments for the future is an ongoing concern. Choosing the best investment for… Read

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