Innovation in Japan – Perception vs. Reality The BBC recently published an article claiming that Japan’s culture is “anti-innovation” and that “zero appetite for risk and eroded confidence [means Japan is] one of the toughest environments on Earth to root new ideas.” For a country that is renowned around the world for new ideas and innovation (everything from personal audio devices, video games, flash memory and even the world’s first novel – “The Tale of Genji,”) many may find these claims strange. But opinions like these about Japan’s culture are real and stem from an issue that falls flatly into Edelman’s realm – a massive perception gap about Japan and its companies right now. For those of us who have lived and worked in Japan for years, and have been exposed to the innards of Japanese companies in our lines of work, frustrations about a lack of appetite for risk and being short on confidence will be familiar. Daniel Lochmann is a senior account supervisor in Tokyo. Image by Kripptic.
Because Some Days You Just Want To Customize Your Pizza On A Giant Touchscreen Tabletop Technology is a wonderful thing. Chaotic Moon co-founder Ben Lamm says he “remembers when it was cool to go to Pizza Hut” with his family and play Ms. Pac-Man on the classic arcade table. Kajima's Advanced Structural Control and Base Isolation Technologies Enhancing safety and functionality of the buildings and creating comfortable living environment in the earthquake prone country like Japan. That is the main concept of structural control and base isolation structures. Kajima has taken the initiative in the industry by conducting research in structural control and base isolation and putting its technologies to practical use. We are still a leading company that continues to take the lead in the world of structural control and base isolation technologies. As shown by our long track record, we provide customers with the optimal building safety that meets their needs.
Foot Science / Retail Strategy, Packaging + Merchandising / DNA The Challenge Since their humble origins in the 1970s, Foot Science International (Foot Science) has grown into a major brand with distributors worldwide. With over thirty years of experience in treating pain and an increasing body of research supporting the benefits of custom-fitting orthotics, Formthotics™ inserts are trusted by medical professionals and patients around the world. The challenge was to grow beyond their current retail and medical product ranges, as well as grow into new categories and market.
ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd. ShinMaywa Company’s PR Video The "Industrial Machinery Systems business" part of the "Company’s PR video" can be viewed. (A link to whole movie of "Company’s PR video" is on the "Company" page of this Movie Library content.) The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » How to prepare for Hanami Sakura, the Japanese cherry blossom, is a miracle that happens over night! While the whole nation impatiently watches the Sakura-forecast on the news every night (When is it going to hit my town? Tomorrow or next week? When do I have to take a weekend off? Will it rain a lot this year or will it be warm???) the shops prepare their Sakura goods and dedicate whole areas to this nation-wide event, which only lasts a few days.
Pay growth beats inflation as jobless total falls, ONS says 12 November 2014Last updated at 05:33 ET UK unemployment fell by 115,000 between July and September to 1.96 million, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It was the 18th consecutive fall in the total, the ONS said. Figures also showed that one measure of average earnings growth beat inflation for the first time in five years. The ONS said earnings excluding bonuses rose by 1.3% in the year to September, ahead of the 1.2% Consumer Prices Index inflation rate.
Philosophy and Vision We will contribute to the development of a more secure society through a striving spirit and co-operative efforts Our corporate philosophy represents GLORY's corporate goal and raison d'être. "Striving spirit" includes our desire that "we will strive to meet the needs of customers and society with an unyielding spirit and make the impossible possible". Why people can’t say I’m a proper adult With today being Children’s Day in Japan, I present a survey that is sort-of connected to the theme, a look with goo Ranking at hidden secrets that prevent people rating themselves as proper adults, for both men and women. Demographics Between the 23rd and 25th of March 2009 1,043 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private online questionnaire. 52.2% of the sample were male, 7.8% in their teens, 17.1% in their twenties, 28.2% in their thirties, 24.8% in their forties, 11.4% in their fifties, and 10.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. With these silly goo Rankings I do occasionally get creative with my translation, and I get some feedback from my readers about my less than literal translations, but I hope that since these surveys are just a bit of fun, any creativity (or flat-out errors) can be excused. Ranking results
What is biohacking and why should we care? “Biohacker” Dave Asprey demonstrates a headband that he claims electrically stimulates blood to reach the front of the brain to improve cognition. Photo by Jason Lelchuk The big question about biohacking is, what is it?
J-TECH Innovation & Evolution - NHK WORLD - English TORAY - Weaving the Future with Carbon Fiber Carbon fiber has come a long way since it was first used as a filament by Thomas Edison to create the first functional light bulb. Individually, those fibers lacked the tensile strength of today's modern fibers. But they proved valuable for being heat-resistant and good conductors of electricity. The crystal alignment of carbon fiber gives it high strength-to-volume ratio. Research has led to the development of techniques to bundle the fibers so they can be woven into a fabric. Checking out your Japanese girlfriend’s room goo Ranking recently took a look at what people would want to check out the first time they visited their partner’s room, for both women checking out their boyfriends and men checking out their girlfriends. Demographics Between the 20th and 22nd of August 2009 1,077 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private online questionnaire. 51.1% of the sample were male, 8.4% in their teens, 14.2% in their twenties, 26.7% in their thirties, 28.2% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 11.2% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.
How consumers feel about data gathering This blog by Emma Lane, Senior Research Executive at MEC, explores consumers' attitudes to targeted communications, data and privacy following MEC UK's Project Slipstream venture. Consumer targeting and personalisation is becoming the norm in advertising. This is when brand communication is tailored to a consumer based on data collected about them (such as demographics or behaviour), making them highly relevant and more likely to be effective. This has been happening for a long time in online display, through practices such as behavioural tracking, where information collected from an individual's web browser behaviour is used to determine the ads served to them – and the practice is increasingly being used in ever more ways. Lloyds Bank targets offers to customers based on transaction history insights, while Tesco has installed face-scanning technology in its petrol stations to target queueing customers based on their age and gender. Admap: Big Data, Big Impact