Okimoto: Passing On the Issei Legacy and the Future of Japan-US Relations 

  Dr. Daniel Okimoto, professor emeritus at Stanford University, recently sat down with JAPAN Forward to talk, among other things, how the campaign of the Silicon Valley Japan Platform or SVJP, a non-profit organization designed to build bridges of collaboration between Silicon Valley and Japan, has been going.        The SVJP has developed rapidly since its […]

Meet Okimoto’s Partner—in Life and at Silicon Valley Japan Platform

  JAPAN Forward recently had a one-on-one interview with Dr. Daniel Okimoto, professor emeritus at Stanford University. A second-generation Japanese American, Okimoto is pushing for Japan to make its mark in technological innovations in Silicon Valley.    We serialize his interview in five parts. He and his wife Michiko—they married at an old age—tell editor in […]

Okimoto on Life in America: Realizing Dreams That Eluded Our Issei Parents

Daniel Okimoto as an infant wrapped in the American flag in his mothers’ hand at Santa Anita Racetrack. The picture was painted by Okimotos’ sister, Ruth Yoshiko.   JAPAN Forward recently had a one-on-one interview with Dr. Daniel Okimoto, professor emeritus at Stanford University. A second-generation Japanese American, Okimoto is pushing for Japan to make its mark in […]

Manila’s Subway: Japan to Fund Southeast Asia’s ‘Project of the Century’

  Of Japan’s infrastructure, it is the subway that visiting Filipinos approve of the most: the technology, the mechanics, the efficiency. They will have one in Metro Manila in eight years, as the Japanese government is set to finance the Philippines’ first subway.   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed […]

Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Calls for ‘Expanding Number of Foreign Workers’

  On November 16th the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) issued a set of proposals for expanding the acceptance of foreign workers in Japan. In context of a worsening labor shortage in the construction industry and other sectors, the proposal notes that a greater utilization of foreign workers is necessary and further states […]

An Interview With Kikkoman: How the Japanese Soy Sauce Became A Global Seasoning

  Kikkoman is a leading soy sauce manufacturer with a history spanning more than 350 years. This year, however, Kikkoman celebrates the 100th anniversary of the company’s incorporation in Japan and its 60th in the United States. Kikkoman has sold and promoted its soy sauce—a seasoning that was once known only in certain Asian countries—tenaciously overseas. In 2016, […]

Trump and Trade: Why Asia Has Much to Fear From US Protectionism

  A radical “America First” approach to trade is central to United States President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in Asia.   He speaks frequently of reaching “fair” trade arrangements, which benefit the US. In part, it was because of this and soon after Mr. Trump came to office that he blocked the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement involving Japan—much to […]