August 2003 Issue

On the cover: A Japanese salaryman, Toshihiko Tanaka, in the grip of pachinko fever. Pictured in the fourth hour of a half-day gambling session. Photograph by David Beattie

August 2003
No. 46

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August 2003 Issue


  To the Editor
The Editor's page
  Tigers,Tigers Burning Bright
Can Kansai's heroes turn pennants into pennies?
  The Face that Makes Fuji Rock
The man behind the mother of all Japanese rock festivals.
  Toying with Hearts and Minds
Bandai has pricing power and is cranking for Christmas.
  Manga and the Matrix
Japanese culture, language and color combine in a Hollywood blockbuster.
  From the Editor
The Editor's page
  Why do Cybirds Suddenly Appear?
The migration path of a mobile Internet company.
  Japanese Biotech: A Plan for the Future
Where Japan lost its way and how to get it back.
  To Brew or Not to Brew?
Green tea cafes are all the rage, and this one's got the leaves.
  If You Build it, They Will Come
Shiodome goes from bog to boomtown. But can it thrive?
  The Pulse 2
Technology and Finance News
  Saving Subsistence with Cash and Care
Alaska's far northern tribes trade oil -- seal oil.
  The Pulse
Technology and Finance News
The Editor's page


  Corporate Sam Spades
For 30 years, Dai Wakiyama has headed Japan's largest and oldest Private Detective Agency, I.I. Service Co. In 2000, I.I.S. launched D-Quest: the most aggressive risk management firm in Japan. Now, with international tie-ups and a bold new approach to corporate governance, D-Quest aims to become the nation's most innovative (and richest) corporate securities firm.
  From Classroom to Boardroom
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) brings upwards of 5,000 foreigners into Japanese classrooms each year. Some of those foreigners are loathe to leave when their three years are finished. Marcus Chidgey profiles a happy handful who put solid stakes in the ground and set up entrepreneurial enterprises many miles from home.
  Risky Biz
Pachinko is Japan's most ubiquitous form of gambling. It's also technically illegal and plagued by associations with organized crime. But as Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara and other notables push for casinos to boost Tokyo tourism, writer Tony McNicol pops into some parlors to see what the clatter is really all about.
  Ripple Effect
Motorboat races have the power to transform.


  Playing by the Rules
Business Rules Management Systems improve global efficiency and reducing costs


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