Issue 17

October 2016

In life, one’s health is extremely important and for as long as humanity has existed, people have desired to find the key to longevity. Over the centuries, a wide array of practices, diets, and rituals have been developed all across the world, in search of how to live a long, healthy life.

This issue will be used as an introduction to the many health-related industries, events, and activities that thrive globally.

In the feature section of JAPAN and the WORLD magazine, we will be looking at two sectors: luxurious lifestyles and medical tourism, which are two things people seek in pursuit of longevity in today’s society.

Yoshinori Ohsumi—The Joy of Finding Something New

This year’s winner for the Japanese Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine is Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Cell biologist from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, on his discoveries of mechanisms for Autopha.



Introduction—How Japan Keeps the World Healthy?

Health is a critical topic that affects everyone. No matter where someone resides, what they do for a living, or their genetic history, health is important to them. As years go by, people across the world live longer and healthier lives. This is due to the great strides humanity has made in medical research and medical innovations, to which Japan has greatly contributed. Japan is at the forefront of the medical and health industries. Through private sector funded research and innovation, Japan is creating a healthier world.


Japanese Innovations in Health

Japan is a leader in medical innovation. The country is home to numerous doctors, scientists, and professors, who through University funded or independent research, dedicate their time and effort to inventing new surgeries, procedures and technologies that can improve or save countless lives.


Universal Health—From Japan to the Globe

Japan has a long history of health industry success and innovation. Consistently ranking in the top ten countries for quality of its universal healthcare system, Japan has also taken great strides to invent new medical technologies. As such, the island nation has become a destination for medical tourism, as well as public officials and academics who wish to learn in order to improve health systems in their home nations.


Yoshinori Ohsumi—The Joy of Finding Something New

This year’s winner for the Japanese Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine is Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Cell biologist from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, on his discoveries of mechanisms for Autophagy.


Sport for Tomorrow and Japan’s global health initiative

Time for sport and health is becoming rare in Japan. Adults are working longer hours and children spend more time than ever in school. On top of that, adults and children alike are spending more time entertaining themselves with electronics or being indoors. The government of Japan wants to see this change and is spreading word of the importance of sports and health.



A bite of French cuisine in the heart of Tokyo

Jonathan Berguig discusses his challenges, rewards and reasonings in opening a French vegetarian restaurant in central Tokyo.



Overview of the first TICAD on African Soil

Inter Media Japan had the unique opportunity to attend TICAD VI in Nairobi, Kenya and experienced first hand the dedication of Japan and Africa to the development of the African continent.


Uganda ready to do business—Post-TICAD actions

In Nairobi, JAPAN and the WORLD conducted an interview with H.E. Mr. Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda to get an insight on Uganda’s strategies to increase its export to Japan.


TICAD VI—An Insider’s View

Exclusive interview with Mr. Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who attended the TICAD VI Summit in Nairobi from August 25-27, 2016. Having followed and been involved in the TICAD process for the last eight years, Mr. Taniguchi is said to be more optimistic than ever before.


TICAD VI—VIP from Nairobi

Inter Media Japan went to Nairobi, Kenya to cover the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development on August 27 – 28, 2016.

TICAD VI—Through the Eyes of the Media

Half of the media presence was from Japan. This event was one of the largest gatherings of Japanese journalists in Africa.


Japan-Africa—Elevating the partnership to the next level

Mr. Shunsuke Takei sat down with JAPAN and the WORLD to elaborate on the need to invest in Africa’s social infrastructure as well as in manufacturing industries and human resources development.


Produce in Lesotho—Sell in the Southern African region

During TICAD VI, JAPAN and the WORLD magazine sat down with the Minister of Trade, Hon. Joshua Setipa, Lesotho to find out more about the country’s hopes and expectations of the conference.


What’s next?—Bilateral Dinners for Ambassadors and Leaders

Inter Media Japan connects foreign countries and businesses to Japanese counterparts, not only on the pages of JAPAN and the WORLD magazine, but also by organizing events. The bilateral dinner titled “TICAD VI, what’s next?” for African ambassadors, representatives of the Japanese government and private sector, took place at Two Rooms on the 18th of October.



100 Actions Revolution

Mr. Yoshito Hori sat down with JAPAN and the WORLD magazine and discussed his plans to return Japan to greatness.


Ichikawa—Meeting the needs of the people

Mr. Hiroshi Okubo, the mayor of Ichikawa City, is sharing with JAPAN and the WORLD magazine an insight on his administration, his focus on benefiting his citizens, and the importance of sister city programs.


Japan through the eyes of the Ambassador of Macedonia

Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to Japan, Dr. Andrijana Cvetkovik received Grand Prize for the photo titled “Circle of Life” at the photo competition “Scintillating JAPAN”, which is part of the annual cultural event “Japan through Diplomats’ Eyes.



Guatemala—On the road to heavy investments in infrastructure

H.E. Mr. Rubén Morales Monroy, Guatemalan Minister of Economy, sat down with JAPAN and the WORLD to discuss his expectations from his current visit to Japan.



Indonesia—Optimizing what is wonderful

JAPAN and the WORLD magazine conducted the interview with Mr. I Gde Pitana – Deputy Minister for International Tourism Marketing Development, Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia – to find out more about the country’s strategies to increase inbound tourism from Japan.



Introduction—Luxury at its Best

What is luxury? Why do we desire luxury? Luxury can never be defined because luxury takes many forms, creates experiences or feelings in one’s life that can never be replicated. In search for luxurious experiences and luxurious items, a luxury seeker demands rarity, something unique, and something that separates them from the rest. Luxury can be for the thrill seeker, luxury can be for the affluent, luxury can be for the stylish. Luxury can be for anyone, but is only embraced by the select few that can truly appreciate the qualities that make an item or experience worth the investment, the qualities that make an item or experience luxurious.


Luxury Card—Three State-of-the-Art Metal Credit Cards

Tokyo, October 24, 2016 – Luxury Card announced it will launch three credit card products to provide affluent consumers in Japan with a range of distinctive privileges both at home and abroad: the top-tier MasterCard® Gold CardTM made with 24K gold; the signature MasterCard® Black CardTM; and the stylish MasterCard® Titanium CardTM.


NIWAKA—Classical Tradition, Modern Luxury

Based in the center of Kyoto, Niwaka prides itself on taking inspiration from 1,200 years traditional and cultural Japanese art. “Niwaka stays true to its heritage by celebrating the vibrant history and culture of Kyoto.”


White Desert—Vacationing in Antarctica

White Desert is a luxury resort campsite on Earth’s most uninhabitable continent, Antarctica. It is the first and only vacation spot in Antarctica. When many think of Antarctica, most would never think of the terms, “cozy” or “relaxing”, for it has a reputation of being a grueling, unwelcoming, and harsh environment. Patrick Woodhead, CEO & co-founder of White Desert, has set out to change people’s minds, to show people the beauty of the continent’s landscape. Woodhead began this venture 10 years ago following a four-month skiing expedition to the South Pole.


Moon Express—Bringing the Moon closer to Earth

Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx) is the first private company to be approved by the United States Government to travel beyond Earth’s orbit. It has the ambitious goal to conduct a lunar mission in 2017. Dr. Bob Richards, Naveen Jain, and Dr. Barney Pell founded MoonEx in 2010 with the vision to reduce the cost of space travel and grasp the potential of the Moon and its resources as a way to secure humanity’s future on Earth and in space.



Kosovo and Japan—Kosovo, embracing change head on

Colombia and Japan—Colombia, a Country of Growing Opportunities

Cuba and Japan—Affection and Friendship to Japan

Togo and Japan—Bringing the Smile of Africa to Japan


Ise Shima—The pearl of Mie Prefecture

Nestled away in Kashikojima, surrounded by the sea, is the luxurious and upscale Shima Kanko Hotel. The Shima Kanko was the location chosen to host world leaders over the course of the G7 Summit that was held over May 26th and 27th, 2016. The hotel was enjoyed by the likes of Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, French President, Francois Hollande, and US President, Barack Obama, among many other prestigious, international guests.



Japan Ready for Action

On Thursday, October 31, 2016, the Forum on Sport and Culture was held at the Grand Hyatt in Roppongi, Tokyo and the sentiments of the event were that in the coming years, Japan will reach a new level of internationalism. The event continues the trend that we saw begin at the end of the Rio Olympics, where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, arose out of a giant tube, dressed as famed Nintendo Character, Mario, and greeted the world to experience Japan’s take on global athleticism.



First Female Governor of Tokyo Leads Social Change

Japan elected its first female governor on July 31st 2016, Yuriko Koike, who won by a landslide to become one of the 7 female prefecture governors in the history of Japan.


The Business Workshop for Female Ambassadors and Leaders

After a very successful negotiation workshop-dinner with Malene Rix as a speaker this past June, Inter Media Japan has decided to continue its series of inviting leading female speakers to present their experiences and knowledge about how to obtain and/or improve skills that can lead to fruitful economy in a Japanese business society that has a relatively big gender gap.



The Republic of Botswana Celebrates 50 years of National Freedom

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