A Quiet Storm is Brewing in Japan’s Offshore Wind Market

The concrete achievements of the recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow were few and limited in scope, but the shift to renewable energy looks unstoppable. And wind power will be a crucial part of the new decarbonised energy systems.    While hydropower remains the biggest source of renewable energy globally by a significant margin, wind is…
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The Dawn of Digital Transformation in Japanese Healthcare

Penetration of digital technology is varying significantly by sector. Along with energy, insurance and the public sector, the global healthcare industry remains something of a laggard in the digitalisation stakes. Japan is far from a digital transformation (DX) pioneer, and healthcare is certainly no exception. However, the nation’s well-documented demographic issues are piling fiscal pressure…
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Gov new Digital Agency – The next step in the war against faxes and hankos?

For many decades a curious mix of high-tech and archaic habits, Japan is now pushing ahead with ambitious plans to digitise its economy and society. The pandemic laid bare some of the issues that have left Japan lagging other advanced economies in the digital transformation (DX) stakes. These included the reliance on faxes to report…
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Japan 2030 Carbon Target Presents Great Opportunities

Japan has seen a change of heart over the last year or so in its approach to decarbonization. The country has moved from paying lip-service to energy transition goals while emphasizing energy security – resulting in limited progress to date – to fully committing to a rapid acceleration towards carbon neutrality, even if that is…
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Growing IT Talent Demand is Squeezing a Pandemic-Disrupted Market

Robots and AI are coming to take our jobs has been a commonly heard refrain in recent years, but it now seems clear that is not going to happen for a good while yet. In fact, as the global economy emerges from the shock of the pandemic, there are severe labour shortages being reported across…
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CAR-T Cancer Therapy: Hope For Patients and Healthcare Industry Expansion Driver

In March, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare approved Bristol Myers Squibb’s Breyanzi CAR-T cell therapy for certain types of lymphoma cancers, making it the third such treatment to have received approval in Japan. The huge domestic healthcare market, totalling approximately 43.4 trillion yen ($398 billion dollars) in FY2018, is undergoing some significant shifts.…
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An Outlook on the Japan Wind Market and Hiring Demand

On April 22, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a ramped up target of Japan cutting its carbon emissions by 46% by 2030, from the peak of 2013 levels. That raises the stakes significantly from the previous goal of a 26% cut as Suga followed the lead of the new Biden administration during a two-day online…
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Spring Hiring: How Global Trends Will Affect The Japanese Job Market This Year

As Japan and the rest of the world gradually inches out of the pandemic that has dominated life and business for more than a year, for many, a new start in spring 2021 will be more welcome than ever. Many of the shifts being seen in the global job market will make their presence felt…
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Social Selling in Isolation: How Sales Executives Are Coping with The New Normal

Nearly all business executives around the world have experienced difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic both in their work as well their personal life. However, one part of every business organization which is particularly affected is the Sales executives.   Before the pandemic, sales executives’ days were filled with social interaction. They regularly visited customers, entertained clients,…
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COVID 19’s Effect on Healthcare in Japan: Inadequacies, Innovations, and Opportunities

As we start off 2021, most of us have had the disappointing realization that COVID 19 is still with us and will remain an issue for most of the year. Vaccines offer hope for moving beyond the pandemic and returning to a more normal life, but we’re not quite there, yet. The COVID 19 pandemic…
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