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Peter Thiel Reflects on Lessons from PayPal for Japanese Students (Q&A 1/2)

Peter Thiel Reflects on Lessons from PayPal for Japanese Students (Q&A 1/2)

Known as the founder of PayPal and a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Peter Thiel came to speak with Japanese college students about his new book “Zero to One.” In the following Q&A session, he shared his observations on successful startups, the startup scene in Japan, and whether he thinks artificial intelligence will overtake humans.  

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Cannes Ad Medalist Reveals his Creative Roots

This summer, while doing an internship at Dentsu, Japan’s largest ad agency, I had the opportunity to learn about many intriguing behind-the-scene stories. Though rowdy at parties, Takashi Sakuma tried to keep his cool as our instructor during the day. I wanted to know more about him, so we re-connected for a friendly chat between

Inside the Mind of “Mario” Creator Shigeru Miyamoto

Whether you’re a gamer or not, classics like “Super Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda” are universally recognized. Shigeru Miyamoto, their legendary creator, made a foray into film as he premiered the “Pikmin” shorts at the Tokyo International Film Festival. I had the opportunity to meet and discuss with the man responsible for brightening

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Evangelion Mastermind Anno Confesses Love for Anime

When I was preparing for my college entrance exams last spring, I began watching anime as a pastime. Shocked upon completing Neon Genesis Evangelion, I was entranced by the art of anime. The Tokyo International Film Festival this year hosted a feature on the anime’s director, Hideaki Anno. As I tried to subdue my exhilaration,

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Student Activist Fights Political Apathy Among Japan Youth

Back in high school, I participated in a brainstorming forum for potential policies with politicians from the national legislature. As amazed as I was to be able to engage with knowledgable legislators, I was even more surprised to discover that this event was hosted by a then-high school student, Yamato Aoki. With Both of us

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