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21 октября, 11:26

The Future of Sport Entertainment

http://www.weforum.org/ How will emerging trends and technologies change the way we experience sports entertainment? - Yobie Benjamin, Co-Founder, Avegant Corporation, USA - Andrijana Cvetkovic, Ambassador of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to Japan, Japan - Hideyuki Hata, President, Nielsen Sports, Japan - Masa Inakage, Director, Keio Media Design Research Institute, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University, Japan Moderated by - Kaori Iida, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

14 июля, 19:10

Confusion in Japan after reports Emperor Akihito may abdicate

JAPAN’S ancient monarchy was in tumult yesterday, with the imperial household insisting its ageing emperor had no plans to abdicate after reports he wanted to step aside. Respected national broadcaster

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30 июня, 11:25

Picture of the Day › Temple run

The entrance to Kasugajinja Shrine near Keio University Mita campus in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon.

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27 июня, 00:00

Arts & Culture › Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo holds 'Summer Festival of Arita/Imari Porcelains'

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will jointly host the 36th “Summer Festival of Arita/Imari Porcelains,” to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Japan’s long tradition of porcelain art. The spectacular complimentary exhibition will be held in the lobby from July 1…

04 июня, 23:59

Crime › 6-year jail term sought for man who cut off love rival's penis

Prosecutors in Tokyo have sought a six-year prison term for a 25-year-old man who cut off the penis of a lawyer whom he accused of having an affair with his wife. The court heard that the defendant, Ikki Kotsugai, 25, a Keio University law student and former boxer, acted out…

04 июня, 23:59

Crime › 6-year jail term sought for man who cut off love rival's penis faces

Prosecutors in Tokyo have sought a six-year prison term for a 25-year-old man who cut off the penis of a lawyer whom he accused of having an affair with his wife. The court heard that the defendant, Ikki Kotsugai, 25, a Keio University law student and former boxer, acted out…

11 мая, 00:44

Crime › Anesthetist arrested for smuggling 'dangerous drug' to Japan

An anesthetist at Keio University Hospital has been arrested for allegedly smuggling a so-called "dangerous drug" to Japan from Britain, police said Tuesday. Kimiaki Ai, who has worked at the Tokyo hospital as a full-time doctor, has admitted to importing the drug "Rush" but said he did not know he…

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09 апреля, 00:30

Picture of the Day › 4 candidates for 2020 Olympic logo

Members of the Tokyo Olympics Emblems Selection Committee, left to right, lawyer Izumi Hayashi, Keio University professor Takeshi Natsuno, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan Toshiro Muto, Tokyo University of the Arts President Ryohei Miyata, former tennis player Ai Sugiyama and Paralympic shooter Aki Taguchi, attend a press…

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06 апреля, 19:18

People: Shirai begins new chapter at Keio University; Sibley named as Irish director of credit institutions

Central Banking After five years on the BoJ policy board, Shirai returns to academia After five years on the BoJ policy board, Shirai returns to academia; Ireland central bank names new director of credit institutions; and more

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12 марта, 23:59

Travel › Keio Plaza Hotel to hold 'Experience Mt Fuji and Cherry Blossom Fair'

Keio Plaza Hotel, located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will host a special exhibition titled “Experience Mt Fuji and Cherry Blossom Fair” displaying various lacquerware, photographs, and Japanese paper picture art in April. In addition, 11 of the hotel’s restaurants will provide guests with specially prepared foods that reflect the theme of…

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11 марта, 08:23

Technology › Japanese scientists find microbe that eats up stubborn PET plastic

Japanese scientists have discovered a bacterium capable of breaking down a widely used component of plastic products that currently poses a major recycling challenge worldwide, according to a paper published Friday in the U.S. journal Science. The team of researchers from Keio University and several other Japanese institutions found the…

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17 февраля, 00:55

National › Over 25% of disabled people in Japan have trouble making living

At least one out of four disabled people face difficulties in making a living in Japan, with the poverty rate among them amounting to twice that of adults without handicaps and remaining relatively high among advanced countries, according to a study led by a Keio University professor. Professor Atsuhiro Yamada…

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18 января, 12:45

В галактике Млечный Путь нашли вторую черную дыру

Похоже, что в Млечном Пути скрывается огромная черная дыра. Используя 45-метровый радиотелескоп Нобеямской обсерватории, команда астрономов из Университета Кэйо (Япония) пришла к такому выводу, заметив загадочное газовое облако CO-0.40-0.2 всего в 200 световых годах от центра нашей галактики.

09 декабря 2015, 01:04

A Window Into Japan's Millennials and Boomers

Generational challenges and Millennial themes are not 100% the same worldwide. Big surprise, right? Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I visited Tokyo, Japan and had a chance to observe the trends of an Eastern, "First World" developed nation. The insights gleaned were quite surprising: Gaming, Gaming and More Gaming In Japan, gaming is an age-independent phenomenon. We couldn't go anywhere without running into arcades and gambling halls. On packed subways, we witnessed people of all ages playing games on their mobiles as a part of their daily commute. If there is anywhere to develop and test gaming for learning initiatives, it is Japan. Having an older generation so easily immersed in technology also significantly reduces the generation gap in Japan in comparison to other less technology-advanced countries. Lack of Work/Life Balance Initiatives Employees work long days, after which there is an expectation to socialize by going to dinner or joining for some drinks with work colleagues. Throw in an often long commute and you have set the stage for one of the lowest work/life balance cultures in the developed nations. It would be interesting to understand how this impacts engagement, productivity, and creativity. As a Japanese female bluntly told me, "The Japanese aren't creative. We are good at improving upon ideas, but not coming up with brand new innovations." What innovation could come to fruition by implementing work/life balance initiatives trialed by Millennials in other cultures where work allows space for creation, failure and fun? Less Entrepreneurial Unlike China, India, the Philippines, and first world countries, the Millennial trend towards entrepreneurial spirit doesn't hold in Japan. The landscape is less startup and more traditional corporate. According to Forbes, Japan invests the least in venture capital funding compared to all other advanced countries; with the US deploying nearly 20 times more in venture capital funding. One of the few Millennial entrepreneurs, Mikami who started his first business when he was 13, credits the extreme risk aversion culture. Gender Gap Where the rest of developed nations are extremely focused on closing the gender gap, Japan has one of the lowest participation rates of females in the workforce. Beyond participation, the roles and career paths available to women are very limited. This is surprising because Japan has one of the highest rates of well-educated women in the world. A good example is Ms. Takeda who graduated with a law degree from Japan's top private university, Keio, and applied at a trading company. She was told she would only be allowed to enter the "clerical" stream of female graduates destined for secretarial work. Most of the male graduates, meanwhile, were primed for management positions. "Until I was in my final year of university, Japan seemed fair. Then I started applying for jobs and it hit me how completely they destroy your chances." Millennials globally are aware of gender gap, especially given the transparency offered by the internet on the issue. Japan has a long journey to close their gender gap and make use of their full talent pool. A Heavy Burden The younger generation in Japan carries a heavier burden for a secure financial future. As a result of low birth rates and many other factors including lack of participation of women in the workforce, Japan's working age population is expected to decrease by 40% by 2050. With a declining population and lack of guaranteed pensions as older generations had, retirement transition and economic health is uncertain. Large Focus on Well-Being by Boomers Today, the population of those 65 and older in Japan is one in five. In comparison, in the US, we won't reach that level until 2050. The older generation strives to keep active and maintain their health. Many eat well, run, bike, and stay physically fit into their 70s. This a culture where individuals think deeply and proactively about not being a burden on the younger generation, both physically and financially. An older gentleman we met bikes an average of 25 km a day as a tour guide and has traveled to over 60 countries. He espoused the benefits and importance of being both mentally and physically active. Many Stereotypes Don't Apply Other often discussed stereotypes in the US such as lack of work ethic, loyalty, or entitlement don't seem to apply at all to Japanese Millennials. Pride in work, no matter how big or small the task, is a very strong cultural value and the race for meaningful work seems less important to Japanese Millennials. Since Millennials Aren't the Same Around the World, Neither Should Your Strategy Japan offers a wealth of best practices as well as considerable challenges. When considering your engagement strategy, it's important to keep in mind that one size doesn't fit all. As a global company, delving into the differences by culture and then scaling across commonalities is the best approach. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 ноября 2015, 00:26

Crime › University student arrested for throwing eggs from condo balcony

Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have sent a 22-year-old university student to prosecutors after he was arrested on suspicion of throwing raw eggs at commercial facilities and onto rail tracks. The student, who attends Keio University - one of Japan’s most prestigious private educational institutions - has admitted to throwing…

22 сентября 2015, 19:29

China 2015 - The Renminbi’s Global Ambitions

http://www.weforum.org/ Will the renminbi soon become a leading global currency? Dimensions to be addressed: - Deciphering the historical devaluation - Impact of capital account liberalization - Progress of financial market reforms This session was developed in partnership with China Business News. • Anders Borg, Chair, Global Financial System Initiative, World Economic Forum • Huang Yiping, Professor, National School of Development, Peking University, People's Republic of China • Li Daokui, Dean, Schwarzman Scholars, Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China; Global Agenda Council on Global Economic Imbalances • Heizo Takenaka, Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University, Japan; World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member; Global Agenda Council on Japan • Lord Turner Moderated by • Yang Yanqing, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Anchor, China Business News, People's Republic of China

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20 июля 2015, 00:00

Travel › Keio Plaza Hotel offers special breakfast for guests in Hello Kitty rooms

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, located in Shinjuku, will begin providing highly unique room service breakfasts for guests staying in its Hello Kitty Rooms from July 22, to expand the Hello Kitty guest experience. The newly created “Hello Kitty Room Original Breakfast” is based upon the hotel’s American breakfast menu with…

17 июля 2015, 04:21

The Abe Administration's Arrogance of Power Moment

On the cusp of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II when Emperor Hirohito made his historic speech of surrender, the Abe government is attempting to drive through the Diet 11 security bills that will forever alter the landscape of Japan's postwar history. The nation that does not wage war will be no more if it gets its way. Guided in its efforts is a military-industrial complex that is salivating to get Japan to share the burden of fighting with its closest ally, the United States. Japan has recently expressed interest in joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization missile-building consortium, a move in seamless alliance with this New Normal for Japan, a normal that we believe threatens global security. As scholars from Japan and the U.S., we oppose the new security bills and call on anyone who is unfamiliar with what's happening to get informed. What we have here is legislation without representation; at its worst, tyranny. In clear violation of Article 9 of the Constitution, which famously renounces war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes, these bills would provide for Japan's Self-Defense Forces to cooperate actively with U.S. and other foreign military operations overseas. If adopted, Japan will be able to use military force even when it is not attacked, under the name of collective self-defense. Let us not mince words: this spells the end of Article 9 without ever formally amending it according to due process of law. We cannot believe any assurances from a prime minister who thinks nothing of the constitutional ban and popular opposition that these security bills will strictly limit Japan's military role. This legislation opens the door to virtually unfettered government discretion over the use of force that violates Japan's fundamental principle over six decades of an exclusively self-defense posture. The Japanese people, having been the only population to suffer atomic bombs, are overwhelmingly in support of maintaining peaceful relations with the world. They wish to protect the sanctity and heritage of Article 9. A nation that renounces war is part of Japan's peace national brand, and has allowed Japan to develop as a world class economic and culture power with a strong mandate for humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and development aid. Should these security bills get passed, Japan will no longer be able to advocate for a peace and nonviolence paradigm in national security. Our view is that Japan's peace Constitution should not be altered but should continue to serve as a model for other countries. It should certainly not be "reinterpreted" arbitrarily by the government of the day. Article 23 of the Constitution guarantees academic freedom, and it is within this guarantee that we, as public scholars in Japan and signatories to the Association of Scholars Opposed to the Security-related Bills, are speaking out. One of us is an Abe fellow at Keio University and former Fulbright scholar at Sophia University; the other is a political scientist at Sophia University who received the Friend of the Free Press award this spring from the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. We stand with the growing political protests from scholars, students, lawyers, workers and mothers that are coalescing against a government displaying total disregard for democratic speech and assembly. Japan is the closest Asian ally to the U.S. and we take this binational alliance of democracies literally and to heart. We oppose this government fait accompli that refuses to listen to citizen debate, discussion, or dialogue. We call on the Abe government to observe the democratic and constitutional due process before it does irreparable damage to the national character of postwar Japan. The Abe government has shown no concern for the Japanese people. It is attempting to circumvent the Constitution by ramming the security bills through the Diet without the constitutionally mandated process for a constitutional revision (Article 96) requiring a two-third majority of both houses of parliament and a majority support from the people in a special referendum. We write, backed as we are from thousands of scholars and millions of Japanese who share our opposition, to object to the security bills in principle and process. Our objections are marinated with affection, concern and care for Japan and the Japanese people. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration cannot claim to have a popular mandate for imposing these changes, even if we leave aside the unconstitutionality of the bills. It has a large majority in both houses only because of record-high voting abstention rates, a divided opposition, a muzzled media, the bias of the first-past-the-post system, and the enormous disparity of the value of the vote that has been repeatedly ruled to be in a state of unconstitutionality by the courts. In reality, only one in four voters actively voted for Abe's Liberal Democratic Party. The prime minister has, nevertheless, said that within 20 to 30 years he will be vindicated; thus, public opinion, which he seems to view with disdain, is dismissed. We believe that the Japanese people deserve more credit and respect than what they are being shown by their government. These security bills stand against Japan's well-deserved human security reputation in the world. Human security puts people's needs and rights first, and views security within the prism of a multidisciplinary understanding of the world that involves development studies, education, science and technology for good, and peaceful international relations. The United Nation's Human Development Report of 1994 argues that global human security is about promoting "freedom from want" and "freedom from fear" for all people. With Japan's growing poverty indices, aging population and record-breaking national debt, these security bills, if passed, will likely lead to greater insecurity just at the time when Japan itself is seeking to become a bigger player again on the world stage. Before Abe flexes his military muscles, indulges himself in historical revisionism and preaches to China about the rule of law, he should observe the principle of rule of law at home. By turning a blind eye on Abe's arrogance of power moment, the U.S. risks not only aggravating the regional tension and rivalry in Asia-Pacific, but also antagonizing the Japanese public, who came to embrace the postwar values of constitutionalism, democracy and peace. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

09 июля 2015, 09:55

Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.60%

Japan stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Retail, Insurance and Transport sectors led shares higher. At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.60%. The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:9983), which rose 4.13% or 2280.0 points to trade at 57460.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Heiwa Real Estate Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:8803) added 3.45% or 58.0 points to end at 1737.0 and Sharp Corp. (TOKYO:6753) was up 3.11% or 5.0 points to 166.0 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Keio Corp. (TOKYO:9008), which fell 3.41% or 32.0 points to trade at 907.0 at the close. GS Yuasa Corp. (TOKYO:6674) declined 2.78% or 13.0 points to end at 455.0 and Toho Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:9602) was down 2.63% or 78.0 points to 2884.0. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1432 to 450. Shares in GS Yuasa Corp. (TOKYO:6674) fell to 52-week lows; down 2.78% or 13.0 to 455.0. The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.91% to 23.35. Crude oil for August delivery was up 1.76% or 0.91 to $52.56 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.33% or 0.76 to hit $57.81 a barrel, while the August Gold contract fell 0.11% or 1.30 to trade at $1162.20 a troy ounce. USD/JPY was up 0.59% to 121.42, while EUR/JPY rose 0.82% to 134.81. The US Dollar Index was down 0.13% at 96.25.

06 июля 2015, 09:55

Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.08%

Japan stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Financial Services, Insurance and Warehousing sectors led shares lower. At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 2.08%. The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Maruha Nichiro Corp (TOKYO:1333), which rose 0.94% or 19.0 points to trade at 2039.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Nomura Holdings Inc (TOKYO:8604) added 0.34% or 3.0 points to end at 880.0 and Keio Corp. (TOKYO:9008) was up 0.33% or 3.0 points to 923.0 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Tosoh Corp. (TOKYO:4042), which fell 10.98% or 86.0 points to trade at 697.0 at the close. Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:4041) declined 4.84% or 39.0 points to end at 767.0 and SUMCO Corp. (TOKYO:3436) was down 4.70% or 71.0 points to 1441.0. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1735 to 147. Shares in Maruha Nichiro Corp (TOKYO:1333) rose to all time highs; gaining 0.94% or 19.0 to 2039.0. Shares in Nomura Holdings Inc (TOKYO:8604) rose to 52-week highs; rising 0.34% or 3.0 to 880.0. The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.15% to 21.16. Crude oil for August delivery was down 0.87% or 0.48 to $55.03 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 1.05% or 0.64 to hit $59.69 a barrel, while the August Gold contract fell 0.10% or 1.20 to trade at $1166.60 a troy ounce. USD/JPY was down 0.14% to 122.61, while EUR/JPY fell 0.69% to 135.51. The US Dollar Index was up 0.13% at 96.50.