A Taste of Japan

By Joan Bailey

Melon-flavored ice cream from Hokkaido. Natamame (sword bean) tea from Hyogo. Mikan juice from Wakayama. Usually such unique regional items can only be savored by visiting the prefecture or city they are from.


Left Behind

By Jane Kitagawa

“The gentleman was here on a holiday in January 2013 with his family,” explains Bruce Gherbetti, deputy chairman of Kizuna Child-Parent Reunion, discussing the case of a Canadian man who had reached out to their organization after his Japanese wife abducted their son.


Yuriage Port Morning Market

By Andrew Kehohe

Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate all bare deep scars from the 2011 disaster. Yuriage, the small coastal district of Natori city has taken steps to heal those wounds with the help of some friendly Canadians. Starting at 6:00AM every Sunday thousands of Japanese people head out to the coastal inlet of Yuriage to get fresh seafood and produce, breakfast, buy handmade crafts, see their friends, and even see some live music.


Kyoto Shisen-do Villa

By Tomoko Kamishima

The autumn beauty at Shisen-do Villa is amazing, with a garden sparkling with bright red maples. This was once a residence of a retired samurai, Ishikawa Jozan (1583-1672).


Takekoma Inari Shrine

By Andrew Kehohe

A 10 minute walk from Iwanuma station will put you at the eastern entrance to Takekoma Inari. Takekoma was founded in 842 A.D. by Ono no Takamura making it the second oldest Inari shrine in all of Japan.


Internal Outsourcing

Planning for the future, innovating, and leading others takes time, and that’s one thing most managers say they don’t have enough of.

How to Deal With Your Workload and Become More Productive

Swamped. Snowed under. Just trying to stay above water. Whatever office cliché you use to describe it, we have all been in that situation where we feel like we might be swallowed up by our workload. But there are ways to manage your to-do list to avoid feeling overwhelmed...

Problems First

Do you find it hard to feel satisfied with who you are and what you've accomplished so far? If so, please consider adopting the following perspective...

Do Your Employees Feel Valued?

Recognizing employees for first-rate work isn’t just a nice gesture: It boosts morale, increases productivity, and helps retain top performers...

Reading Between the Lines

When foreign executives are posted to Japan, they usually face a steep learning curve. Not only do they need to grasp the ins and outs of a unique marketplace, they also need to understand how to operate in a new culture...


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