Issue 20

August 2017

With advances in transportation and information technology, even the most remote places on Earth are within the reach of travelers. In fact, tourism is now the world’s largest industry despite terrorism and safety issues many destinations face.

As more regions and countries develop their tourism industry, expansions produce significant impacts on natural resources, consumption patterns, pollution and social systems. Many countries develop sustainable or ecotourism to offer visitors a unique experience with nature while protecting the environment at the same time.

How will Japan adapt to the tourism boom?

JAPAN and the WORLD met with Professor Takashi Shimakawa, Chair of the Department of International Tourism Studies at Toyo University. He was a participant at the World Travel & Tourism Council 2017 Global Summit in Bangkok, April 26-27, in search of new trends to improve Japan’s travel and tourism industry.



Introduction—The Changing Face of Tourism in Japan

Despite suffering through the recession of the late 2000s, the tourism sector has slowly recovered, growing steadily in figures around the world. Japan remains an all-time favorite tourist destination, but is it ready to welcome even more tourists?


Decision Time for Globalization, Values and Security

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron made the keynote address, “Altered States – Has globalization had its days?” at the Global Summit 2017 of the World Travel & Tourism Council, held in Bangkok, April 26-27. JAPAN and the WORLD’s Southeast Asia Bureau Chief Marc Béliveau covered this event.


How will Japan adapt to the tourism boom?

JAPAN and the WORLD met with Professor Takashi Shimakawa, Chair of the Department of International Tourism Studies at Toyo University. He was a participant at the World Travel & Tourism Council 2017 Global Summit in Bangkok, April 26-27, in search of new trends to improve Japan’s travel and tourism industry.


Business Travel in the Asia-Pacific Region

How Japan Plans to Double its Tourism by 2020

Venture Republic—Travel Made Easy

The tourism industry is believed to be one of the biggest and fastest growing industry in the world. Japan remains a popular tourist destination and just last year tipped the scales with a record number of 24 million tourists.

JAPAN and the WORLD interviewed the CEO of Venture Republic, Kei Shibata, on, a meta-search for the Japanese market. We asked about its role in facilitating travel for everyone, what needs to change and if Japan is ready to welcome even more tourists by 2030.


Discovering Ethiopia

From hiking and wildlife viewing to hot-air balloon trips and exploring museums, Ethiopia offers limitless possibilities to outdoor enthusiasts and curious travelers.


Ecotourism—The key to revitalizing rural regions

This year is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The topic was discussed at the World Tourism and Travel Council Global Summit held in Bangkok, April 26-27.

JAPAN and the WORLD held an interview with Mr. Masaru Takayama, president of the Asian Ecotourism Network and CEO/founder of Spirit of Japan Travel. He has been a leader in the development and promotion of ecotourism in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region over the last two decades.



Chargé d’Affaires Jason Hyland—A tribute to Japan

JAPAN and the WORLD had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Jason HYLAND, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. His extensive background in complex political issues has given him vast experience in several regions of the world. From Foreign Policy adviser in Djibouti to Provincial Reconstruction Team leader in Mosul, he has also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S Embassy in Azerbaijan and as Political Counselor at the U.S Embassy in Ukraine. Fluent in four languages, Mr. Hyland has studied and worked in Asia for 17 years. He tells us about his diplomatic journey in Japan and what impressions he carries with him as he concludes his posting.



Discover the true comfort of traditional Japan

Beginning in 7 A.D, Ryokans are traditional Japanese hotels, often small and build around the stunningly beautiful landscapes in which they reside. Traditionally Ryokans were located along the numerous Japanese highways that ran all around the country, offering a place for wary travelers, from Warrior Samurai to Tradesmen, to rest on their journey.


Wakamatsu Onsen Ryokan—Keeping the Japanese culture alive

When you think onsen ryokan, what comes to mind? Existing since 7 A.D during the Keiun period, onsen ryokans are steeped in Japanese tradition and is a favorite to both locals and foreigners. JAPAN and the WORLD sat down with the owner of Wakamatsu onsen ryokan, Mr. William CHIN, to talk about this unique Japanese culture, his vision for the Wakamatsu onsen ryokan and the future of this industry.



How the world cools down in summer

Summer in Japan is a hot, humid affair with lots of perspiring and waiting in the shade. This is also true of summers worldwide and because of this, different cultures and regions have developed unique ways to keep cool. In this edition of JAPAN and the WORLD’s “Around the World” segment we take a closer look at these unique methods.



One Hour with Alen Kobilica

Alen Kobilica is a Slovenian model, sportsman, and entrepreneur. He began a professional modeling career in 1996, working for the world’s top fashion designers. In 2009, after an unsuccessful operation, he lost his eyesight. As a professor of sport, he continues his sports career, preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. In 2016 he received an award – the Apple of Inspiration from the President of Slovenia for his special contribution to the society. Aga Charytoniuk met with him to talk about his life’s goals and daily motivation.



Djibouti at 40!—The Journey Thus Far

Forty years after gaining independence, the Republic of Djibouti and its government has focused its efforts on the well-being of the Djiboutian population. The Djiboutian government has also voiced its determination in overcoming the challenges the country is currently facing such as poverty in some areas of the country, unemployment, which is an issue faced by 50% of the population, providing social and medical care as well as better educational facilities as education is a priority to the government.



Slovenia Makes Big Strides on Women’s Empowerment

JAPAN and the WORLD sat down with H.E. Dr. Anja Kopač Mrak, Slovenian Minister of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, who spoke about women’s empowerment issues in Slovenia.



Poland and Japan—60 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Morocco—Business and Financial Hub of Africa

Ecuador—A land of Opportunities and Enjoyment


Georgia—A Natural “Connector” Between Asia and Europe

JAPAN and the WORLD interviewed Georgian Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Mikheil Janelidze to find out more about the purpose of his recent visit to Japan.


Costa Rica—Successful integration into the global economy

Aga Charytoniuk sat down with the Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Trade, H.E. Mr. Alexander Mora to find out more about the benefits of doing business with Costa Rica, branding strategies and the future of the country’s trade.


Uganda seeks to iron out existing trade imbalance with Japan

The Ugandan Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives, H.E. Ms. Amelia Kyambadde visited Japan to concretize the talks held between both countries during the TICAD VI, held last year in Nairobi, Kenya and talked about the many investment opportunities in various sectors awaiting the Japanese private sector.

JAPAN and the WORLD held an interview with her to find out the Ugandan trade sector’s progress following the meetings and the government’s strategy in dealing with the trade imbalance between Uganda and Japan.



Sophia University—A gateway between two continents

Sophia University is one of the most well-known universities here in Japan and is recognized as an international campus across the country. In 2013, the university celebrated its centennial anniversary. JAPAN and the WORLD sat down with Mr. Yoshiaki Terumichi, President of the university to discuss what has been achieved so far, the university’s preparation in light of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and how Sophia University aims at being a gateway between African countries and Japan.



Yemeni honey—Worth More Than Gold

Ms. Jamila Al-Gunaid is the wife of Yemeni Ambassador to Japan Mr. Samir Khamis. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Analysis, and a Master’s degree in Biological Science, both from the University of Jordan. She worked in many medical laboratories in Jordan and Yemen for several years until she accompanied her husband on his diplomatic appointments. She spoke with JAPAN and the WORLD about the benefits of Yemeni honey.



Roger Milla—Cameroonian Football Legend in Djibouti

In May, the renowned Cameroonian footballer Albert Roger Mooh Miller – commonly known as Roger Milla – was in Djibouti, where he had been invited as a member of the Cameroonian Olympic Committee to attend a meeting with the Djiboutian Olympic Committee. He sat down with JAPAN and the WORLD during his stay at the Sheraton Hotel to talk about his journey through the world of sports, his motivation, and his vision for the future generation in sports.



Poland’s Modern Economy

As the largest economy in Central and Eastern Europe, and the sixth-biggest market in the European Union, Poland is one of the key markets for Japan in Europe. Poland has almost doubled its GDP over the last two decades and it is predicted that its economy will join the G-20 list of largest in the world as soon as 2022.


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