Author: Tomoko Matsuoka

Notable Japanese on Obsessions, Failures, and First-hand Lessons
Life in Japan September 23rd, 2021

Notable Japanese on Obsessions, Failures, and First-hand Lessons

10 celebrated Japanese and their thoughts on where to focus your obsession, how to recover from failure, the power of first-hand lessons, and much more.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Showdown: Japan's Digital Agency versus Showa-Era IT 
Business, Life in Japan August 30th, 2021

Showdown: Japan's Digital Agency versus Showa-Era IT 

Digitization in Japan—1 piece of the story so far. Here’s what happened, what needs fixing, and what happens next.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Trend Report: Survey Shows Awareness of SDGs in Japan at 50%

Trend Report: Survey Shows Awareness of SDGs in Japan at 50%

The survey measured awareness of keywords and daily consumption behaviors related to the SDGs and interest in and experience with ethical consumption and sustainability.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
The Best Golf Courses in Japan: Top 8 List
Out and About July 20th, 2021

The Best Golf Courses in Japan: Top 8 List

Japan has created golfing destinations that have achieved spots on top 100 lists worldwide. Here is a list of the top 8 golf courses in Japan that are worthy of your consideration.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
7 English-Speaking Communities and Services to Support Your Startup in Japan
Business, Entrepreneurship July 16th, 2021

7 English-Speaking Communities and Services to Support Your Startup in Japan

Where can you go to get English-language support for your big startup idea for Japan? Need help with your paperwork or boots-on-the-ground implementation? Check out these options. 
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Top Options for English-Speaking Insurance Companies for Emergencies in Japan
Life in Japan July 11th, 2021

Top Options for English-Speaking Insurance Companies for Emergencies in Japan

Wondering what your best options are for English-speaking insurance in Japan? Today’s article looks at insurance companies that provide English support for their clients. 
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Japan's gBizID: What It Is, Why It Matters, What to Do
Business, Entrepreneurship June 29th, 2021

Japan's gBizID: What It Is, Why It Matters, What to Do

gBiz is an account service created by Japan's central government, available to corporations and sole proprietors. Find out what you get access to and a step-by-step of how to sign up.
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Half-Width vs. Full-Width: A Tale of Two Characters
Business, Life in Japan June 14th, 2021

Half-Width vs. Full-Width: A Tale of Two Characters

The origin story of Japan’s half-width 半角 and full-width 全角 characters, the current state of affairs, and where to go from here. Hold on for a wild ride. 
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
Notable Japanese on the Value of Ignorance, How to Imitate Well, and More
Life in Japan June 8th, 2021

Notable Japanese on the Value of Ignorance, How to Imitate Well, and More

From the founder of Honda to Japan’s living sports legends, philosophers, artists, and more, here are 9 Japanese quotes you should know and the great minds who said them. 
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer
How Accurate Is Google Translate for Japanese? 
Business, Life in Japan May 25th, 2021

How Accurate Is Google Translate for Japanese? 

Machine translation has significantly evolved since its creation. But how accurate is Google Translate for Japanese? What can you safely use it for? And when should you avoid using it? 
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Tomoko Matsuoka
Tomoko Matsuoka Staff Writer