WELgee event aims to bridge business and refugees
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2d ago
Japan is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, with an orderly and stable society, but its track record for accepting refugees remains dismal. A day before World Refugee Day this year, the nonprofit corporation WELgee held an event in Tokyo’s Mita area to advance change on this front. The June 19 event by WELgee, which takes its name from “welcome” and “refugee,” aimed to bridge the gap between the business sector and refugee issues in Japan, explained spokesperson Fuyuka Kato. “Seeing the plight of refugees is to know that these people are both witnesses and victims of conflict, persec ..read more
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August Special Evening Roundtable
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by jtc-csinfo@japantimes.co.jp
5d ago
Skorji is the director of TELL Lifeline Services, a Japanese nonprofit that has been supporting the international community in Japan since 1973. Over the last 18 years at TELL, she has worked as a Lifeline support worker, clinical therapist and Lifeline director. She has also developed a wide range of suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs for schools, the workplace and the community, plus training in stress management, work-life balance, cultural adjustment, dementia care, disaster preparedness and psychological first aid. 投稿 August Special Evening Roundtable は Sustainable ..read more
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Special Roundtable: Building a greener future for Japan
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by jtc-csinfo@japantimes.co.jp
5d ago
Over the last few decades, sustainability has moved from being a buzzword to occupying prime place in the strategic plans of governments and corporations. Along with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs), entrepreneurial pursuits and social movements driven wholly by sustainability have heightened the presence of this concept. It has taken diverse forms, becoming highly personal and meaning different things to different people. Two people — one an entrepreneur, the other a fund manager — whose work and life are heavily influenced by sustainability sat with host Ross Rowbury ..read more
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Shonai connects rural areas to people nationwide, global markets
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5d ago
A sophisticated wooden structure overlooks fields in Yamagata Prefecture’s Shonai region, famed for its rice: Suiden Terrace, a hotel run by Local Resorts Inc., a subsidiary of Shonai Inc., founded by entrepreneur Daisuke Yamanaka in 2014. Designed by the internationally renowned Shigeru Ban Architects, the hotel attracts guests from both at home and abroad, helping to invigorate the region. Last year, Shonai received the Sustainable Japan Satoyama Excellence Award, presented by The Japan Times, for its achievements in bridging rural areas and the world in a wide range of business areas while ..read more
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#41 Roundtable
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by jtc-csinfo@japantimes.co.jp
1w ago
Duncan enjoys working in any and all fabrics but has found recently that reusing traditional kimono fabric has gained traction among a new and growing clientele. She generally prefers to work with feminine contours incorporating the old world into the new, and fabrics and styles that span multiple dimensions. Her works run from casual to formal, nightwear to weddings. Her unique style has developed over the years to draw from both her Japanese upbringing and her time and experiences living internationally. 投稿 #41 Roundtable は Sustainable Japan by The Japan Times ..read more
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Forum: Trends in private energy transition projects
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by jtc-csinfo@japantimes.co.jp
2w ago
The 10th Infrastructure Investor Tokyo Forum on June 13 and 14 drew 500 experts wishing to catch up on recent trends in private projects, hailing from a broad range of countries including the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Singapore, France and Germany. Japanese accounted for a record 200 investors, according to the event’s host, information provider Private Equity International (PEI). The event kicked off with a keynote presentation on Japanese regulations related to economic security and foreign investment. In his speech, “Infrastructure and Japan’s Foreign Investment Regime,” Ryusuke Bushimata ..read more
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CDP holds global online event on climate disclosures
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by jtc-csinfo@japantimes.co.jp
3w ago
CDP, a London-based nonprofit organization promoting disclosures crucial for assessing companies’ environmental impacts, held a first-time online event on June 4 that highlighted the latest disclosure trends and marked the launch of its new disclosure platform. As the world struggles to mitigate global warming, companies are under more pressure than ever to make further contributions to the transition to net-zero emissions. CDP runs the world’s largest environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and investors. Based on data obtained through its questionnaires, it scored a re ..read more
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Accelerating Japan’s path to achieving decarbonization
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by jtc-csinfo@japantimes.co.jp
1M ago
One of the major themes on the second day of the conference was how to back Japan’s transition to net-zero carbon emissions. Under the topic of “accelerating Japan’s path to decarbonization,” panelists discussed how to support the country in changing from its heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels. Yukari Takamura, a professor at the Institute for Future Initiatives at the University of Tokyo, said Japan is currently facing the challenging task of crafting reliable plans to reduce carbon emissions and deal with energy security at the same time. While discussions for the country’s new strateg ..read more
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Driving more institutional capital toward sustainable investment
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by jtc-csinfo@japantimes.co.jp
1M ago
The last session on the second day of the RI Japan event was plenary 7, which focused on what Japan can do to attract more institutional capital into sustainable investment amid a global sense of emergency that something must be done to solve climate and social issues for the sake of our future. Joining the session were Yoko Monoe, a senior consultant at Mercer and the moderator of the session, Takeshi Kimura, a special adviser to the board at Nippon Life Insurance, Hiroyuki Nomura, an operating officer and senior general manager at Japan Post Insurance, and Yasunari Iwatate, the executive di ..read more
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Tokiwasushi
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by jtc-csinfo@japantimes.co.jp
1M ago
Spotlighting a Niigata castle town through sushi Shibata is one of Niigata Prefecture’s core cities, with a population of over 90,000. In the Edo Period, it flourished as the town serving Shibata Castle and later prospered as a commercial city. Kousuke Kobayashi, the third-generation owner-chef of Tokiwasushi, moved to Tokyo to gain sushi experience and later returned to help at Tokiwasushi under his father’s guidance. He was amazed by the change in the city. “I was shocked to see that areas that had been busy and lively [when I left] had become completely deserted in just 10 years or so. I ..read more
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