Japan’s Passion for Food Excellence
My Love for Japanese Food & Service
East Side Sushi Director Talks about Japanese Food Culture
“I never thought my film would bring me 14 awards and a trip to Japan,” laughs Anthony Lucero, the director of the film East Side Sushi, a film about a Mexican-American single mother who encounters cultural and traditional barriers as she strives to realize her dream of becoming a sushi chef. In 2017, Lucero traveled along the Japanese archipelago from north (Sapporo) to south (Okinawa City) upon the invitation of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan, talking about his film to Japanese audiences.
Cultivate the Seas!
World’s First Fully Farm-Raised Bluefin Tuna
Called the “diamond of the sea,” bluefin tuna has long been popular as a high-end neta (topping) for sushi. However, with the growing popularity of fish-based cuisine around the world, excessive harvesting of tuna by many fishing nations has drawn attention from the international community.
Strawberry Paradise Japan
With 159,000 tons produced annually and 148 varieties registered, strawberries are one of Japan’s leading fruits. And although they may be expensive, strawberry-lovers abroad hold Japanese strawberries in high regard for their outstanding flavor. Exports of Japanese strawberries, primarily to markets in Asia such as Hong Kong, have reached 526 tons (valued at JPY 1.15 billion (USD 10.65 million)) annually, and the volume is increasing. Greenhouse cultivation, one factor in this growth, allows producers to set the delivery time so that delicious berries can be enjoyed even in December, and not only in the April–May strawberry season.
Prime Minister in Action
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continues to expand his “Diplomacy That Takes a Panoramic Perspective of the World Map.” In January 2018, he visited the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania as well as Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania as the first Japanese prime minister to visit these countries. His vigorous summit diplomacy also included meeting with numerous heads of state visiting Japan.
“Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan”
From its beginning in 2014, participants in the “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan” program have highlighted Japan’s attractiveness and appeal to audiences in cities across the United States. The program is rooted in the belief that exchanges between Japanese people and a broad and diverse range of Americans—focused on regional cities where there are fewer opportunities to know and appreciate Japan—can nurture the Japan-U.S. friendship at a grassroots level.
Cellular 3D Printer Brings New Hope
Regenerative medicine uses cells and other materials to restore the function of internal organs and to repair tissue that has been damaged or has ceased working properly. All over the world various research is rapidly moving towards real-world applications, and breakthroughs for further progress are on the horizon.
A Rival for Humans, or a Partner?
A “technological singularity,” when artificial intelligence, or “AI,” surpasses human intelligence, is coming closer to reality. In 2017, AI software named “Ponanza” that plays shogi—a Japanese game similar to chess—defeated the holder of the Meijin title, one of the most prestigious titles in professional shogi, for the first time ever.
The Origin of Japan’s Modernization:
Reviewing the Significance of the Meiji Restoration after 150 Years
2018 is a significant year for Japan, as it marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. The Meiji Restoration was a major revolution that brought an end to over 260 years of feudal government.
Towards the Future, Faster:
Co-Creating a New High-Speed Rail in India
A vast country in the throes of rapid economic growth, India’s GDP shot up by over 6% during 2017. This is in addition to a population increase of over 13% during the last 10 years. Unsurprisingly, India is facing unprecedented demographic challenges as a result of this success.
Contributed Article : Dr. Michael J. Green
Japan’s“ Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” as Grand Strategy
In years past, many scholars criticized Japan for being a “reactive state” incapable of proactive or strategic action. I argued in my book Japan’s Reluctant Realism (2001) that the rise of Chinese power was propelling Japan away from an earlier era of “checkbook diplomacy” towards a foreign policy strategy based on more proactive balance-of-power logic.
Japanese Individuals Contributing Worldwide
An Expert’s Touch Improves
African Farmers’ Lives
For many African countries, national development relates directly to agricultural development. The present insufficiency of institutions and personnel offering technical expertise in agriculture, however, hinders improvements in agricultural productivity, forcing countries to depend on imports of foreign foodstuffs.
This is Japan
Cherry Blossoms Mark the Coming of Spring
Japan’s “cherry blossom front” shows when the cherry trees across the country will bloom.
This is Japan
The Seto Inland Sea:
An Enchanting and Tranquil Place
The Seto Inland Sea is surrounded by the three major islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu in the Japanese archipelago.
Friends of Japan
Making Japan Accessible to All
Can disabled guests to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games expect to find Japan accessible? Josh Grisdale, creator of the website Accessible Japan and a 10-year resident of Japan answers a resounding “yes.”