Transpacific Partnership—An Obstacle Course
Last November, the eleven nations taking part in the Transpacific Partnership finally came to an agreement on the key aspects of the deal. While many thought that the withdrawal of United States from the deal in 2017 would have signed its death sentence, Japan could not afford to see it torn to shreds. Under Japan’s leadership, and after months of negotiations, it seems like the agreement is most likely going to be signed in spring.
Cool Japan Fund—Making the World a Cooler Place
“Cool Japan” refers to the best of Japanese culture. The public and private sectors in Japan are collaborating to further promote both “Cool Japan” business development overseas and the “Cool Japan” activities of inbound tourists. The Cool Japan Fund was established with the purpose of supporting and promoting the discovery of overseas demand for Japan’s attractions. We asked Mr. Nobuyuki Ota, president of the Cool Japan Fund, to tell us more about the activities of the fund and what needs to be done to make Japan even “cooler” in the future.
Making Tokyo an International Asset Management Leader
JAPAN and the WORLD sat down with Mr. Keiichi Aritomo, a representative director of the Consortium for Japan International Asset Management Center Promotion. His goal: to make Tokyo a world-class asset management center.
Danish Ambassador—Promoting his Country, Growth and Happiness
H.E. Mr. Freddy Svane, the Ambassador of Denmark in Japan, spent more than six years in Japan. He refers to this business card as a “ticket for growth”, a motto he uses to brand himself. To say the least, Mr. Svane has a sharp business mind and his achievements on the diplomatic scene have not gone unnoticed. JAPAN and the WORLD had the opportunity to meet him and ask him a few questions.
Benin—A Beacon of Sharp Public Policies
Benin has been receiving a great deal of assistance from the Japanese government in the recent years, most of which was funneled by the prominent Japanese International Cooperation Agency. In the beginning of 2018, a delegation of Councilors from the upper house of the Japanese Diet flew to Benin to visit the country and assess the potential of the Japan-Benin relationship. JAPAN and the WORLD interviewed Mr. Shigeru Ejima, one of the heads of the delegation to get his feedback on their mission.
Pushing Boundaries with Bruce Ryde
JAPAN and the WORLD met with Mr. Bruce Ryde, Vice President of Luxury Brands and Brand Marketing, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. Newly appointed, Mr. Ryde, will own the luxury brand strategy in Asia Pacific, driving appropriate representation and brand preference for Marriott International luxury brands which comprises The Ritz-Carlton®, Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, W Hotels®, The Luxury Collection® and Bulgari.
The Diversity of Francophonie
For the month of Francophonie, from March 10 to April 22, 2018, the French Institute of Japan in collaboration with the Council for the Promotion of Francophonie will organize a series of events and activities to celebrate the Francophonie in its diversity. JAPAN and the WORLD met with Mr. Pierre Colliot, Cultural Advisor and Director of the French Institute of Japan, to learn more about his observations on the Francophonie and the future of the French culture in Japan.