Raising the Banner of Free Trade
Free Trade and Global Investments Create Win-Win Relationships Across Borders
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Foreign Auto Manufacturers Making Rapid Advances in Japan
In 2016, the sales of foreign automobiles in Japan increased 5.9% over the previous year to total 298,856 units. Some may think the Japanese automobile market is closed to imports, but actually, the import duty on passenger cars is zero (0%), and has been for many years. Naturally, there is a high amount of interest among consumers for imported cars.
Japan Boosts Exports with “Aggressive Agriculture” Strategy
Japanese agricultural, forestry and fishery products and foods are known for their great taste and excellent safety. They’re regarded as an important pillar of the health and longevity of the Japanese people , whose average life expectancy is the highest in the world at 83.8 years for men and 89.8 years for women.
Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs:
Japan’s Leadership and Inspiration in Sustainable Development
One can say that Japan is the world’s great teacher of modern economic development. In the second half of the nineteenth century, Japan defended itself against colonial rule by embracing a modern, market-based economy built on advanced technology and export-led growth.
Moments of Prime Minister Abe
Visited Italy and attended G7 Summit 2017 in Taormina. With President Donald Trump of the United States, President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic, Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany, Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of the Republic of Italy (Chair), and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, as well as President of European Council Donald Tusk and President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Union. (May 2017)
Prime Minister Abe:
Welcoming New Friends and Further Solidarity to the G7
Contributed to the Huffington Post on May 24, 2017
In the one year since I chaired the Ise-Shima Summit, we have witnessed the emergence of new leaders on the heels of presidential elections in the U.S. and France, and referendums in the U.K. and Italy. With these processes laying bare doubts over free trade and divisions in society, the world closely watched the choices made by the people in each country.
Points System Aims to Attract Foreign Talent to Japan
As the number of foreign workers in Japan reached a record high of 1.08 million in October 2016, the Japanese government is making significant efforts to facilitate employment of foreign professionals with particularly high-level skills, in order to spur Japan’s economic growth and strengthen its international competitiveness.
Hosting the First Rugby World Cup™ in Asia
The Rugby World Cup (RWC), held once every four years, will be hosted by Japan two years from now, marking the first time the RWC is held in Asia. A total of 20 teams–12 that secured their spots by proving themselves last time in RWC 2015 in England, plus eight more who win preliminary matches held around the world–will compete for the venerable Webb Ellis Cup. RWC 2019 Japan starts in Tokyo on September 20, 2019, leading up to a final match in Yokohama on November 2.
Japanese Culture Comes Alive at Japan House in São Paulo
On May 6, 2017, the Japanese cultural promotion facility “Japan House São Paulo” opened to the public in São Paulo, Brazil. On May 7, a concert in celebration of the opening was held at the Ibirapuera Auditorium in São Paulo, where an audience of about 15,000 people gathered to watch Japanese musicians Ryuichi Sakamoto and Jun Miyake together with Brazilian musicians Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum.
Power of Innovation
iPS Cells Give New Hope Against Eye Diseases
In September 2014, a team led by Dr. Masayo Takahashi, Japan’s leading ophthalmologist, of the Japanese research institute RIKEN carried out the world’s first induced pluripotent stem cell (“iPS” cell) transplant surgery for an eye disease. The generation of iPS cells was first announced in 2006 by Professor Shinya Yamanaka, the director of Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA).
Japanese Individuals Contributing Worldwide
Helping Women Entrepreneurs Thrive, from Silicon Valley to Beyond
Selected as one of CNN’s“ 10 Visionary Women”
There are many “accelerators” that support entrepreneurs, but the one called “Women’s Startup Lab,” managed by Ari Horie in Silicon Valley, is a bit different. As the name suggests, Horie’s company offers live-in immersive training and support programs focused on helping female entrepreneurs flourish. But where did she get the idea to focus on women?
Japanese Individuals Contributing Worldwide
Okigusuri : A Japanese Approach for Better Access to Medicine in Africa
With a history of over 320 years, “okigusuri” is a traditional Japanese “use first, pay later” sales method born in Toyama Prefecture, in which medicine is placed in a box at the home or workplace, and money is collected later for whatever medicine was used. AfriMedico is a non-profit organization that introduced this okigusuri system to Africa in order to deliver medicine to regions of Tanzania that lack sufficient medical care. This organization was founded by a Japanese pharmacist, Eri Machii.
This is Japan
Festivals in Miyagi
All over Japan, countless festivals large and small known as matsuri are held each year, with estimates putting the number of events between 100,000 and 300,000.
This is Japan
60 Million Visitors come to Miyagi Prefecture every year. Rich with greenery and tree-lined streets, the prefectural capital of Sendai is known as the "City of Trees."
Friends of Japan
Knitting the World Together
“My brain is made for knitting. If I see something interesting, I immediately think about how I can turn it into knitting.”