Interviews with the figures, both Japanese and foreign, whose thoughts and actions inform the course Japan takes today.

Architecture for All: An Interview with Pritzker Prize Winner Ban Shigeru

In 2014, Ban Shigeru received the Pritzker Prize, one of the most prestigious honors in the field of architecture. Ban has won international kudos for his temporary but sturdy structures built from paper tubes to shelter disaster victims and refugees. In an interview with Nippon.com, Ban talks about his latest project and shares his artistic philosophy.
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Architecture and the Blueprint for Gender Equality: Interview with Venice Biennale Commissioner Ōta KayokoJapanese Women on the Global Stage

Ōta Kayoko was appointed the commissioner of the Japanese Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, becoming the first woman to hold that position. In this interview, Ōta discusses how working overseas fostered her own global outlook and offers recommendations for Japan to transform its social outlook.
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Unchaining the Potential of Women Worldwide: An Interview with Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni woman who stood at the forefront of the Arab Spring movement in her country. Her efforts to foster democracy in Yemen earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. She visited Japan to attend the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo in September 2014 and sat down with Nippon.com to discuss her recent activities.
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Her Strength Is No Act: An Interview with Actress Terajima ShinobuJapanese Women on the Global Stage

The actress Terajima Shinobu was catapulted onto the world stage in 2010 when she won the coveted Silver Bear Award for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival. In this interview, she looks back on her career and ahead to her future plans, while also touching on the problems facing the Japanese film industry.
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Kyotographie: An International Photo Festival in Japan’s Ancient CapitalAn Interview with Lucille Reyboz

French photographer Lucille Reyboz launched the Kyotographie International Photography Festival in 2013 with Nakanishi Yūsuke as a way of drawing attention to the world of photography. Now in its second year, the festival is helping to raise the profile of photography in Japan and encourage dialogue among photographers around the world.
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Japan’s Role in a Changing WorldAn Interview with Kobayashi Yōtarō, Former Chairman of Fuji Xerox

The world is undergoing a major realignment now, as China rises and the relative influence of the United States wanes. How should Japan and its business community respond to the challenges of this new era? Kobayashi Yōtarō, former chairman of Fuji Xerox, offers his insights and advice.
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Roar Power: Watanabe Ken Talks Godzilla

Japanese actor Watanabe Ken has become a Hollywood fixture in the past decade. His latest blockbuster role is in Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards. Nippon.com recently interviewed the global star, and he shared with us his views on the underlying message of the iconic character Godzilla today—60 years after its screen debut.
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Local Branding in Rural Japan: Justin Potts

Japan’s rural communities today face a difficult task: they must create a local brand to get their unique products noticed. Helping them do this is American Justin Potts, an international business development director at Umari Inc. With an emphasis on connecting people and ideas, Potts works to promote the unique and abundant resources found in rural communities through a variety of innovative projects and events.
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Leading Kyoto’s New Charm OffensiveExclusive Nippon.com Interview with Kyoto Mayor Kadokawa Daisaku

The tradition-rich city of Kyoto has been honing itself in recent years to become an even more desirable tourist destination. Nippon.com sat down with the city’s mayor, Kadokawa Daisaku, to learn more about how Kyoto is changing for the better, while preserving its unique charm.
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Documentary Film Festival Brings the World to YamagataAn Interview with Interpreter Yamanouchi Etsuko

Every two years, the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival attracts cinephiles from all over the world. What draws them to a festival in a small city largely unknown outside Japan? Nippon.com interviews interpreter Yamanouchi Etsuko, who has taken part since the beginning.
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