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Column "My Cool Japan"

Column "My Cool Japan"

We introduce "Cool Japan" that people who are active in various fields felt through their own experiences.

Keiko Watanabe

Column #12

August 4, 2017

Tradition and Innovation in Embodying “Cool Japan By Myself”

CEO / Designer of GLAMOROUS co., ltd.
Yasumichi Morita

I’m proud of the fact that I’ve embodied the values of Cool Japan by myself while working overseas until now (laughs). I worked overseas …

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Keiko Watanabe

Column #11

March 31, 2017

MOKUBA Ribbons: Sweeping the World off Its Feet

Artistic Director of MOKUBA
Keiko Watanabe

Established in 1967, MOKUBA is a company that has continued to design and produce ribbons of the highest quality …

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Reiko Sudo

Column #10

December 9, 2016

Cool Japan, a Life of Love for Fabrics

Textile Designer
Reiko Sudo

I was born and raised in Kakioka in Ishioka city located two hours north of Tokyo by train and on the north side of Mount Tsukuba. It’s a rural town with abundant nature and known …

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Kenichi Watanabe

Column #9

September 5, 2016

Experience Design in Japan

President and Experience Designer of XPJP Inc.
Representative Director and Social Designer of General Incorporated Association GENKI JAPAN
Kenichi Watanabe

The Three Mountains of Dewa (today known as Yamagata…

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Ryoichi Matsuyama

Column #8

April 28, 2016

Inbound and Cool Japan

President of Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
Ryoichi Matsuyama

As a result of the Inbound Strategies that the Japanese government has made a concerted effort to promote for a number of years, interest in Japan has increased and foreign tourists…

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Takeshi Natsuno

Column #7

November 13, 2015

Let there be a great plan and much talk about Cool Japan Strategy

Graduate School of Media and Governance,
Keio University Guest Professor
Takeshi Natsuno

Has it been around two or three years since the term “Cool…

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Shoei Utsuda

Column #6

May 18, 2015

Japan’s food culture is something to treasure

Advisor, Mitsui & Co.
Shoei Utsuda

I have always loved the sea, ever since I was a child. That’s why lots of my interests are linked to the sea, such as scuba diving…

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Tak Umezawa

Column #5

April 8, 2015

Diversity is the key to innovating Japanese culture

Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney
Tak Umezawa

In support of the Cool Japan initiative, I have many opportunities to introduce Japanese creative content to foreign guests. …

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Fashion Director/ Journalist/ Blogger

Column #4

October 22, 2014

JAPAN'S "Low Fashion Crime Rate Breeds Subcultures"

Fashion Director/ Journalist/ Blogger
Misha Janette

When people ask me the defining characteristic of Tokyo and it’s colorful unique fashion scene, I tell them this: “The fashion…

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Attorney at Law / Director, Cool Japan Fund

Column #3

September 19, 2014

The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki is Cool.

Attorney at Law / Director, Cool Japan Fund
Izumi Hayashi

In the photograph, I’m wearing a kimono for the Reopening Ceremony of the Kabuki-za, but normally I’m a completely different person. I’m a lawyer who specializes primarily…

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Deputy Chairman, Daiwa Institute of Research  Director, Cool Japan Fund

Column #2

August 20, 2014

Cool Japan Graffiti

Deputy Chairman, Daiwa Institute of Research/ Director, Cool Japan Fund
Yusuke Kawamura

One evening more than 30 years ago, back when I lived in Seattle, the big setting sun bathed the just-turning colours of…

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CEO, Cool Japan Fund Inc. Nobuyuki Ota

Column #1

April 24, 2014

Japanese Fabrics Valued Worldwide

CEO, Cool Japan Fund Inc.
Nobuyuki Ota

The French Fashion Federation holds Paris Fashion Week, - the World Cup of the fashion world - as a platform for the world’s greatest fashion designers to present their new collections. …

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