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Gov't pension fund now able to hedge against risk in various currencies

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Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) is now able to hedge against fluctuation in the value of various currencies, the head of the world’s largest pension fund says, declining to say whether it had started or will start doing so. GPIF President Norihiro Takahashi, who heads the $1.5 trillion (170… Read

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Startup in the sky: SME makes space for satellites

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Naomi Kurahara can’t quite remember how her love of science, engineering, and space came about. It may have originated from a book or article she read as a child. Or was it the shows and movies she watched at the time—"Star Trek," "Star Wars" and the Japanese sci-fi animation "Space… Read

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Globalinx: Developing organizational capabilities for global business

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Globalinx specializes in providing training, consulting, and coaching services to companies with a global outlook. The company helps organizations to compete globally by specializing in leadership development, management training, business communication skills and global project management training. Kevin Reynolds, who is Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant for Globalinx, first worked with… Read

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Bringing purpose to trailing spouses with coach Jodi Harris

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World Tree Coaching turns five this month. For its globetrotting founder, Jodi Harris, it’s a time to celebrate what she has achieved and, as she prepares for another expat placement next year, to reflect on the strong sense of self and of home required to run a global business. Growing… Read

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Mai Fujimoto brings crypto to the masses

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At first glance, taking the road less traveled appears to be a calling rather than a choice for serial entre­preneur Mai Fujimoto. But, on closer inspection, it’s clear that her entrepreneurial journey has been a combination of luck, smarts, and sheer will. “I always wanted to be in control of… Read

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Ready for a fight: Crowdfunder beats cancer and cynics to raise billions

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When the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami struck the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011, few would have expected that a 23-year-old in their first year of graduate school would create a technology startup in the aftermath. Yet Haruka Mera did just that, launching crowdfunding platform Readyfor Inc. only… Read

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Dale Carnegie Training stands the test of time, new technology

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There are probably very few people in the business world who have not heard of Dale Carnegie’s famous book “How To Win Friends and Influence People,” which was published in 1936. Dale Carnegie first started bringing his self-improvement methods to the world in 1912 and turned his ideas into a… Read

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How the UK automotive industry is looking to the Japanese market

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Within hours of arriving in Japan for the first time, Dr Richard Fairchild said he knew instinctively that it was the perfect place for Aurrigo PodZero autonomous vehicles—a conclusion supported by the amount of attention that his Union Jack-emblazoned pod attracted in the UK Pavilion during the recent 2018 Automotive Engineering… Read

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Bag designer Marie Yasutake fuses French finesse and Japanese artistry

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After arriving in Tokyo in 2015 for a two-month internship, Marie Yasutake became enamored with Japan and it wasn’t long before she knew deep inside her that she wanted to make the country her second home. Following a brief return home to her native France to tidy her affairs, she… Read

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A dash of AI: Miku Hirano and a new generation of entrepreneurs

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When I was a high school student, I wanted to be a pilot; but it turned out that I was too short. So, I changed my mind and decided that, perhaps, I could make a plane or a rocket. As both are based on computers, I decided to study computer… Read

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