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Halekulani brings luxury resort experience to Okinawa

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Halekulani Okinawa, a new luxury resort, will open its doors on July 26. It is the second hotel to be created by the Hawaiian luxury hotel of the same name and its first outside Hawaii. The Okinawa hotel will also become Japan’s third member of The Leading Hotels of the… Read

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KEF punches above its weight in Japan's audio market

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In Japan’s mature and fiercely competitive audio market, Nobu Asai is helping high-end loudspeaker manufacturer KEF punch above its weight. While domestic and foreign brands vie to attract the country’s discerning consumers, company president Asai is adopting innovative management and leadership to help his team compete. It is a fitting… Read

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Coding boot camp

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“Learning how to code and becoming a software engineer gave me a kind of freedom and confidence that I never had before,” said Yan Fan, co-founder of Code Chrysalis, a Tokyo-based coding boot camp with roots in Silicon Valley. “If I didn’t like where I was working, or if I… Read

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Robert Walters brings insight to hiring

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The global job climate is continuously changing. This rings true now more than ever as the pace of globalisation and technological change hastens. Robert Walters Japan, a leading name in the recruit­ment industry, was the first firm to share insight into such trends. In January, the firm held a seminar to cele­brate the launch… Read

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One Chinese woman's passion to bring feel-good factor of silk to Japan

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Daisy King is one of the many foreigners who came to Japan for a year, only to find her raison d’être, leading her to still be here a decade later. Three and a half years ago, she set up her business, Daisy King: Love Silk More, a brand of silk items… Read

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Prime location: Eli Lilly’s Patrik Jonsson on Kobe’s strengths

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Kobe’s strong infrastructure for scientific and medical research has attracted many companies from around the world, inclu­ding Eli Lilly. The Indianapolis, IN-based pharmaceutical developer, which is a Corporate Sustaining Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), set up its Japan headquarters in the city. To find out why, The ACCJ Journal interviewed… Read

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Global and local creative: How Williams Lea Tag is making it happen in the market

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Williams Lea Tag was founded in 1820 and has grown to be a leading independent provider of marketing and communications services with 10,000 staff in more than 180 countries. Today, about 80% of its employees work outside the UK. Japan is a key market for this British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) member as it… Read

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HARMAN Professional Solutions: How AV equipment impacts everyday life

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Ramesh Jayaraman is a seasoned business leader, with a deep knowledge of Asia and a long-running association with the technology industry. Currently he serves as vice president and general manager for HARMAN Professional Solutions, the world’s leading supplier of audio, video, controls and lighting solutions. Originally from India and currently… Read

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Matching women’s lifestyles with compatible corporate cultures

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Many companies in Japan still believe that change is too risky. They don’t realize that if they don’t change, they’ll die. This is what women in business champion Satomi Fuluya told The ACCJ Journal when asked why work style reform moves more slowly in Japan than many would like. And when… Read

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Why we should celebrate all types of women In Japan: An interview with Melanie Brock

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She’s the first in the office every morning and somehow has time to put on an immaculate full face of makeup and curl her hair. She’s climbing the corporate ladder in a slightly liberal yet still respectable Japanese corporation, all while looking oshare and feminine in matching suits and heels. She married before… Read

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