Japanese Women Leading the Way
Womenomics has become one of the most important policy pillars for sustainable economic growth in Japan.
Lacking manpower, Japanese firms court women
As demographics shift, society ages and global competition intensifies, more and more Japanese companies are making efforts to attract and keep women active in the workforce.
Promoting the active role of women in the fields of science
In 2017, Japan hosts the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) to discuss challenges that women face globally whilst promoting women in science, technology, engineering and maths.
From Anime to Akita
At first I didn't know I was interested in Japan. I’d been watching anime since I was a little child, but not until high school did it dawn on me that anime was Japanese.
Helping Japan-Russia Relations Blossom
My uncle used to bring me candy from Japan. He was a sailor. Growing up in Vladivostok, I never imagined that…
Building a Cultural Bridge between Japan and Russia
Honestly, I had no interest in Japan when I elected to minor in Japanese at university.
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…
Deeper Exchanges Through the Food Cultures of Japan and Italy
Six months have passed since I came to Ichinomiya City in Aichi Prefecture as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR).
Hokkaido: Bridging a Bright Future with Russia
Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands and the largest of the country’s 47 prefectures. Harumi Takahashi, Hokkaido’s…
Toward a Society Where All Women Shine
The Japanese government has promoted various initiatives to increase the number of women in the workforce in line…
Embrace Tomorrow: Empowering Women to Shine
The Government of Japan aims to achieve diversity by expanding the role of women and creating an embracing environment in the workplace.
Realizing the Importance of Heart-to-Heart Exchange in Japan
After that, when I first visited Japan, I quickly fell in love with the country. I was most impressed by the beautiful sound of the Japanese language.
Greater Interaction Can Bring Our Two Countries Closer
Daria Makhneva, from Siberia, recalls that she “suddenly got hooked on learning Japanese” due to the influence of…
Strengthening Relationships Both Locally and Globally
Althouh Brazil is far from japan, it is easy to come into contact with Japanese culture, thanks to the large Nikkei (Japanese-descent) ppopulation.
Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding as a Language Professional
Born in Peru, Lorena Sue Rojas Espinoza currently works in Japan as a Spanish interpreter and translator.
Shogi - A Japanese Game Wins a Devotee from Poland
Born in Warsaw, Poland. First came to Japan in 2011. Entered Yamanashi Gakuin University in 2013 and divides her time between schoolwork…
Sharing Min'yo, Japan's Folk Music Tradition
Archambault is a proficient min’yo musician and singer, her talents extends to…
Japan’s Regional Strength
Sendai, capital of Miyagi Prefecture, is located near the center of the Tohoku region, about 300 kilometers (180 miles)…
The Comical Adventures of a Swedish Manga Artist in Japan
In the manga, Ekström pokes fun at herself, humorously depicting her struggles to use chopsticks, familiarize herself with…
Communication Rooted in Trust Supports Astronauts
The astronauts who handle numerous missions while serving on the International Space Station (ISS) acquire the skills they…
Explore Space through Mutual Trust on the International Space Station
This video features Kanako Daigo, a Japanese astronaut training instructor. While her training covers advanced skills and expertise for responding to emergencies, she emphasizes the importance of trust...
Rakugo - The Art of Making People Smile
In 1990, Diane was traveling around the world. A friend recommended that she visit Japan. “Japan is safe,” her friend said.
Supporting Japan’s Deepening Ties with Asia
“Convenience stores and ATMs are available 24 hours a day and the trains always arriveon time. Everything runs so…
Japan: The Perfect Meeting Place for Students From All Over the World
I came to study in Japan in 2012 at The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy. Before…
Japanese Women Making a Big Impact in the Business World
In April 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with representatives of the business community to exchange ideas on…
Womenomics Is Pushing Abenomics Forward
“Japan is back!” These were the words of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the New York Stock Exchange on September 25, 2013…
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…
Empowering Agriculture in the Republic of Kenya
Japan is implementing a unique project to support farmers in Kenya. This project helps farmers to evaluate their own situation and choose the right crops through market survey exercises. Its market-oriented approach is Japan’s unique way of offering support.
A Woman’s School-Creation Efforts Bear Fruit in Africa
Sayaka Kuriyama, a Japanese woman who has been active in Africa for 10 years, has set up schools in Mozambique and Malawi for orphans and…
Fighting Infectious Diseases in West Africa
West Africa is constantly fighting against infectious diseases. Malaria, for example, causes more than…
Building Peace and Self-Reliance in Conflict Zones
Rumiko Seya, president of the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention (JCCP), has been active as a peacebuilding specialist…
Supporting Metro Construction in Cities Around India
The growth that followed India’s economic liberalization starting in the 1990s was accompanied by the concentration of…
Sharing Technology for Underground Transit（Metro） in India
In India, Japanese technology contributed to building the Ｄelhi Metro. Ms. Abe, the president of Oriental Consultants India Private Limited, helped build the Ｄelhi Metro as the only woman in the project team. The Delhi Metro's system is a symbol of India-Japan ties.
Half a Century of JOCV Activities
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) program, launched in 1965. To support…
Saving Mothers’ Lives
In 2006 a pregnant woman died in a small village in Kampong Cham Province, about 120 kilometers northeast of the Cambodian…
Saving lives of Both Mother and Child in Cambodia
In Cambodia, we are assisting mothers giving birth, thereby protecting their lives and the lives of their children.
Japan and the United Nations: Toward a More Perfect Partnership
Japan prizes multilateralism, and it has been a strong member and supporter of the United Nations since joining the organization in 1956.
Helping Women Entrepreneurs Thrive, from Silicon Valley to Beyond
There are many “accelerators” that support entrepreneurs, but the one called “Women’s Startup Lab,” managed by Ari Horie in Silicon Valley, is…
An Acclaimed Master of French Gastronomy
Looking ahead, she says she hopes to open a salon-like café where many people will gather—a place oriented to contributing to society…
Speaking to the World with Music
Simply wielding a baton is not enough; a conductor must structure and show the direction for the performance, turning everyone’s ideals into a whole.
Mother and Child-Friendly Advanced Medical Care
In Miami, Florida, in the United States, a Japanese woman is dedicated to prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease.
Providing Seamless Obstetric Support in Miami
Ms. Sasaki, a Japanese pediatric cardiologist, provides care for expectant mothers in Miami. Her support continues after a baby is born, and she is working to develop seamless support that begins with prenatal care and continues into postnatal care, all under the same roof.
Keiko Ihara: A Woman with Drive
On June 15, 2014, Ms. Keiko Ihara became the first Asian woman to complete the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Her team finished…
The Power of Japanese Women Is Changing the World
Dr. Ritsuko Komaki pioneers new cancer treatments and helps children as a professor of radiation oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center…
Overcoming Cancer with Hope
This video shows the work of Japanese Professor Komaki who introduced "Proton Therapy" at a university medical center in the US to help patients overcome cancer.