innovation

Michael Tamblyn on Kobo success stories

Three big things Kobo did right

They say when you’re starting a new business, you should look for the white space, be first to market, go where your competitors are not. Or there is another op...
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles win the Japan Series Championship in 2013

Common sense or just fear of failure?

New ideas die every day because someone alleges they go against "common sense." But what is “common sense,” anyway, and who defines it? I think using this ar...
Mickey with the “Tenku” drone

The drone economy

Look! Up in the sky! It’s our future. And it’s spectacular. Drones are a new technology that have a lot of people talking. Android co-founder Andy Rubin was ...
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Golfers, your new caddie could be a drone

The next time you hear “Fore!” on the golf course, you might see something other than a golf ball flying through the air. It could be a drone delivering hamburg...
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3 Hot Startups to Look Out for in 2016

Each April, when Tokyo is bathed in the soft pink and white of the cherry blossoms, heads of state, tech titans, media moguls, and of course, startups, gather a...
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Questioning the status quo: Japan innovation

In 2010, a group of e-business executives looking to drive meaningful change in Japan formed a professional association. Our original goal was to advocate for i...