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The Tohoku Rokkonsai (Six-soul) Festival was created to inspire peace and recovery after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. On Nov. 19-20, 2016 festival performers from Tohoku’s six prefectures converged on Shintora Dori, central Tokyo, for a spectacular display.
To stay productive and economically relevant in a changing world, Japan must adapt. On October 21, more than 180 executives from business, government, and academia gathered in Tokyo to discuss how to modernise Japan’s corporate culture. From diversification and women in the workplace to the skills and creativity needed to succeed in the global economy, the summit offered covered many key issues.
Although the sights of Tokyo and Kyoto are well known to visitors of Japan, few have explored the very heart of the country, Gunma.
With impressive natural sights such as the Fukiware Falls and Mount Tanigawa, the quaint village of Takumi no Sato, delicious cuisine ranging from soba noodles to tonkatsu fried pork cutlets, an abundance of onsen hot springs, and much, much more, experience a whole new side of Japan in Gunma. Watch this video and get a sample of what awaits you on your next adventure.
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.
July 8 marked the kickoff of ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2016, an opportunity to experience omotenashi and travel back to a time when Tokyo and nature were intertwined. BIJ.TV joined seven families as they took part in the Nihonbashi Summer Experience, admiring goldfish at ART AQUARIUM, touring gourmet offerings like the HAKUZA NIHONBASHI gold flake shop and Ninden bonito shop, and touring the COREDO Muromachi Nihonbashi area while wearing traditional yukata.
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.”