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World cities vie for power and influence, and since 2008 the Global Power City Index has been measuring their performance.
The Mori Memorial Foundation’s executive director talks to BIJ.TV about this year’s results, and what they mean for Tokyo.
On May 26, 2016, Knights in White Lycra (KIWL), a Tokyo-based charity cycling team of male and female expatriates and Japanese, embarked on a gruelling 520km cycle ride from Tokyo to Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, to raise funds for Mirai no Mori, a non-profit organization providing life-changing outdoor programs to needy children. KIWL founder Rob Williams, other cyclists, and Mirai no Mori’s Kozue Oka and Jeff Jenson talk to BIJ.TV about the journey, why they did it, and how the ¥9.2 million they raised will make a difference in the lives of abused, neglected, and orphaned children.
Why adopt diversity? Why should large corporations go out of their way to create a workforce of people from all sorts of backgrounds? For global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline K.K. (GSK), the answer is simple: diversity and inclusion policies make perfect business sense. GSK President and Representative Director Philippe Fauchet OBE talks to BIJ.TV about how companies can create a culture and environment that attracts diversity and breeds innovation.
British Airways has been flying high in the Japanese market since 1948, but new partnerships, state-of-the-art aircraft, as well as award-winning facilities in the air and on the ground are taking the UK’s leading airline to new heights. Jonty Brunner, British Airway’s regional commercial manager for Japan and Korea, talks to BIJ.TV about why a long-haul journey in a British Airways first class or business class cabin is truly an occasion to savour.
With more than 50 years of experience flying to Japan, combined with an ongoing overhaul of its fleet and facilities, Air Canada is confident it has earned the title of leading North American airline. Benjamin Smith, president of the passenger airlines division, talks to BIJ.TV about new 787s, premium offerings, and why Air Canada outranks every other North American carrier at every customer touchpoint.
While Tokyo continues to be the highest-ranked Asian city in the annual Global Power City Index, published by the Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies, the metropolis has yet to realize its full potential as a hub for international business. Mori Building Co., Ltd., the urban landscape developer whose name has become synonymous with the Minato Ward skyline, has a plan to change this. The company is undertaking four redevelopment projects in the Toranomon Hills area that will address Tokyo’s shortcomings through a concept they call the “Vertical Garden City.”
About 19.7 million tourists visited Japan in 2015—47% more than in 2014—almost reaching the government’s annual target of 20 million by 2020. The hottest new trend in travel brings both challenges and benefits to Japan’s hospitality industry, as BIJ.TV heard from tourists and experts alike in Tokyo.
Tagged “Your heart will race,” the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 drew more than 800,000 fans with world and Japan premieres. Some 400 vehicles took part in the 11-day event, including four brands and eight models by Italian-American manufacturer FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). In an exclusive for BIJ.TV, representatives from FCA Japan spoke about the company’s enduring passion for originality, authenticity, and freshness.
In June, consumer electronics developer Netatmo launched a revolutionary home security device in Japan. The Netatmo Welcome uses cutting-edge face-recognition technology to identify family members and regular visitors to your home, while alerting you to strangers. BIJ.TV joined the product launch, where Netatmo COO Matthew Broadway spoke about “smart home security.” He tells BIJ.TV about how the Netatmo Welcome is breaking ground and why it appeals.
Following the establishment of Spring Professional Japan, Lanis Yarzab, the firm’s managing director, discusses challenges in the recruitment sector. Discover her approach to finding the perfect talent for different roles, and solutions for improving hiring processes. As Womenomics gathers pace, so, too, are companies’ efforts to hire women. In this exclusive interview, she tells BIJ.TV about what companies can do to ensure those efforts pay off, and female leaders become established.