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Japan’s Dilemma of Attracting and Keeping Foreign TalentHimeda Konatsu

Demand for foreign employees is on the rise in Japan, both as a way to boost the country’s international competitiveness and to shore up the workforce as the population grays and birthrate falls. Yet Japanese companies will need to take an honest evaluation of their corporate culture if they hope to fully utilize and retain foreign talent.

University of Tokyo Strives to Raise its Global ProfileEgawa Masako

The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) is consistently ranked among the world’s top universities. But far from resting on its laurels, UTokyo is doing its utmost to raise its global competitiveness. This article looks at some of its recent initiatives toward that end.

Japanese Society Needs a Truly Global ApproachYasui Takayuki

Securing global talent capable of competing in global markets is a major challenge for Japanese industry. Business managers commonly complain that Japanese young people are inward-looking “herbivores” who are no longer interested in venturing out into the world beyond Japan. They claim that this puts Japan in a dangerous position at a time when global talent is in high demand, and call for more yo…

Takezawa Takeshi: A French-Inspired Musical Message of Hope (Video)

As concertmaster of the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the violinist Takezawa Takeshi has energetically pursued his professional music career in the concert halls of France and Japan. This special video brings you clips from his December 2011 solo recital.

A Japanese Violinist in Tune with France

In December 2011 violinist Takezawa Takeshi, the concertmaster in France’s National Orchestra of Lorraine, performed his first solo recital in Japan in two years. In this interview he talks about his musical career and influences and discusses what role music can play in Japan’s recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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