• Aiming for sustainability
    April 25th, 2011By Category: Starting a Business
    Earth Hour came and went on March 26. Now what? Green consumers today don’t just think about green, they think about jobs, and love, and family, and travel, and fun etc. It’s about living a good life that also happens to be good for others, and our planet. Today, mor ... » Continue Reading
  • Japanese game market hit hard
    April 21st, 2011By Category: Arts & Entertainment
    With the official endorsement for public restraint now being removed, markets are starting to fire back into action and Tokyo consumers are once again being welcomed with open arms into the city`s shops.  However, the past month and a half have been a tough time for a ... » Continue Reading
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    Toyota prepares to halt output across Europe
    April 21st, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Toyota Motor Corp’s auto assembly factory in Turkey was preparing to halt production as part of an eight-day suspension across Europe because of parts shortages, a senior official said Wednesday. Toyota said Wednesday its factories in China will also reduce production ... » Continue Reading
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    Handling the big exodus out of Japan
    April 18th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    A few hours after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Joseph Webber’s phone started ringing. It has hardly stopped since. As managing director of Santa Fe Relocations Japan, Webber has found himself and his team inundated with calls from clients wanting to move out o ... » Continue Reading
  • Teaching English: Dispatch or Direct Hire
    April 13th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    It is common wisdom in English teaching circles that direct hire positions are better than dispatch positions. This can be the case…or not. While direct hire positions can have great benefits, they also carry responsibilities many teachers don’t consider and aren’t al ... » Continue Reading
  • Fostering entrepreneurs for Japan’s future
    April 11th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a group of entrepreneurs got together and worked out what they could do to help in the recovery effort. The result was Project KIBOW, an initiative to bring about immediate assistance and promote change for the future. KIBOW ... » Continue Reading
  • Managing employees in times of crisis
    April 7th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    While we watch the tragedies of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis unfold in Japan, we cannot grasp the depth of pain and despair. This disaster is becoming a catalyst for, what many sense, will be a sea change for Tokyo’s working environment ... » Continue Reading
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    The Indie Revolution – DIY Attitude for a New Games Industry
    April 5th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    A million units in sales will not cut it. As a matter of fact, there’s a very good chance that two million won’t cut it either. Costs associated with developing packaged products of a nature which the mass market perceives as top-tier, triple-A games for high-end con ... » Continue Reading
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    How to Teach English Pronunciation
    April 4th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    As we are all brought up learning to use our tongue in the particular way, fixing pronunciation (and teaching it to move in all new ways) can be quite a challenging and time-consuming task. At the same time though, that certainly doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Even if ... » Continue Reading
  • DeNA recruit in disaster affected areas
    April 1st, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    DeNA, which we have covered before as one of the Japanese companies leading the charge to internalization, has revealed that it will recruit between 50 to 100 people directly from disaster affected areas in northern Japan. The company will make a special point of rec ... » Continue Reading
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    JET program English teachers in Miyagi say they won’t leave
    March 30th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Many foreign teachers have decided to stay in Miyagi Prefecture, one of the areas worst hit by the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami, despite adversities wrought by the disaster and worried families back home urging their immediate return amid radiation fea ... » Continue Reading
  • Incorporating a business in Japan
    March 30th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    People are responding to the challenges of post-earthquake Japan in a number of rich and varied ways. While some decided to leave the country, others are seeing their creativity unleashed and are getting involved, either through charity work, seeking more fulfilling jo ... » Continue Reading