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Juggling Rookie Floors World Championship

Juggling Rookie Floors World Championship

Strolling through the park, one occasionally comes upon the sight of jugglers practicing their acts and honing their skills. Although the jugglers appear to be easy-going and performing leisurely, they actually take their crafts quite seriously. Among the members of this guild is an upcoming youth who recently floored the world competition; Ryosuke Ubukata became


Sweeney Todd Returns for Another Fearful Shave

Run for your life, the demon barber’s coming back! With its black humor and wicked tempo, Sweeney Todd has established itself in musical lore. To take a peek into its revival in Japan, we called upon the devil himself, Masachika Ichimura.   What memories of Sweeney do you have? It was 30 years ago when

For Norwegian Entrepreneur, Berlin is the Next Silicon Valley

Berlin’s former governor once declared his city “poor but sexy”. A city remembered more for its political division, Berlin is now becoming a booming center for European startups, à la Silicon Valley. As one of the entrepreneurs who early on saw opportunity here, Espen Systad developed a personalized radio dubbed Yuki Sato, a startup

Beat Goes On for Final Fantasy Composer, Nobuo Uematsu

Final Fantasy has amassed a global following ever since its launch in Japan nearly 30 years ago. Shipping over 100 million copies, the endearing series provokes hype and excitement whenever a new installment is released. The fantasy franchise is not only acclaimed for its grand narrative, but its accompanying music also attracts fanatics. Nobuo Uematsu,

Drew Houston: I started Dropbox for myself

As a part of its international expansion, online storage giant Dropbox recently announced a partnership with Softbank, a Japanese telecommunications conglomerate. In conjunction with his trip to Tokyo, its founder Mr. Drew Houston took the opportunity to speak at the Globis Business School with its founder-president, Mr. Yoshito Hori. Mr. Hori: Tonight, I’d like to

‘Shibuya Valley’ not ‘Silicon Valley’ for this Japanese Venture Capitalist

Shibuya, or literally “Bitter Valley”, is the Japanese epicenter of youth fashion and culture. It is also becoming the hotbed for startups. In his office here, venture capitalist Yoshihiko “Max” Kinoshita discusses how he took inspiration from Silicon Valley to transform Shibuya into its Japanese cousin “Shibuya Valley.”   How did you start investing in


Int’l Student in Brown U. Shares Concern on Japanese Homeland

Unsatisfied with Japan’s prestigious Keio university, Tomonobu Kumahira transferred overseas to Brown. In his home country, where students hesitate to study abroad given the language barrier, he is admired by aspiring exchange students. A senior at this time of this interview, Kumahira-san reflects back on his college years.   After studying in Japan for your