Kengo Kuma: Review the old to build new

Published on August 25th, 2015

World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma discusses respect for nature and history in architecture in this interview with BIJ.TV. Speaking at MIPIM Japan 2015, a conference for professionals in the real estate industry, Kuma explained how respecting history means valuing the wisdom of people who, with care and passion, have created that history. Key to this are the architects of our cities and towns. Hear his ideas to boost Japan economically and culturally, how his vision of a smart city differs from that of many people around the world, and what he believes is Japan’s treasure.

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Podcast: Shine On! Kids and the 2017 Jazz Soirée Fundraising Gala Published on September 25th, 2017

Shine On! Kids is a Tokyo-based non-profit organization supporting children in Japan fighting cancer and other serious illnesses.  We learn more about their programs and their 2017 fundraising gala.

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GR Japan: Where business and government meet Published on July 5th, 2017

In Japan, politics and policymaking are often seen by businesses as mysterious processes, but in a world undergoing rapid change, it is more important than ever that the public and private sectors communicate effectively. GR Japan is actively working to bridge that gap, showing that what works in Brussels and Washington, DC, can be effective in Tokyo, too.

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Knights in White Lycra 2017: Ride for the Cause Published on July 3rd, 2017

Forty amateur cyclists left Tokyo on May 25, 2017 for Knights in White Lycra’s annual fundraising ride. The goal was to pedal 550km and raise ¥7 million for Mirai no Mori, an NPO, to send 25 children in care to winter camps and help them overcome fear, gain self-confidence, and give them life skills to better prepare for adulthood. See how they did.

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Roundtable: Is “womenomics” working? Published on May 18th, 2017

The voices of women in business are growing louder in Japan, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has thrown his weight behind this with his “womenomics” agenda. But how far are initiatives to empower women actually being implemented?

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Podcast: Best of Japan Gourmet Tour: The Nihonbashi Sakura Festival 2017 (Part 3) Published on March 22nd, 2017
Japan is famous not only for its cherry blossoms, but also for its food. We explore Coredo Muromachi and the Nihonbashi area as we go on a virtual version of The Best of Japan Gourmet Tour, part of the Nihonbashi Sakura Festival.