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Developing a sustainable future

The people helping Japan make
the SDGs a reality

Unlock The Real Japan combines Nikkei Asia’s renowned insight into the business world with Time Out Tokyo’s knowledge of city life, ensuring that visiting executives can experience all sides of life in Japan.

This special site is inspired by the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs), a set of 17 global aims that UN member states resolved to achieve by 2030. These goals, which include ending extreme poverty, fostering peaceful and inclusive societies, and taking urgent action on climate change, are described by the UN as a “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”.

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Hydro power

Hydro power

Shozo Kudo

The Nagoya lawmaker on the benefits hydrogen power can bring to Japan

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Sustainable futures

Sustainable futures

Yoichi Ochiai

How the pioneering digital artist and computer scientist is thinking about sustainability in bold new ways

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The originator

The originator

Shibusawa Eiichi

The story of the man who set sustainability goals for Japan a century ago

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Funny business

Funny business

Takayuki Oinuma

The founder of Laugh & Peace Mother on using laughter to help kids learn

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Future food

Future food

Hirotaka Tanaka and Akiko Okada

The authors of a new book on food tech on the innovations changing the way Japan cooks and eats

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Chemical reaction

Chemical reaction

Hiroshi Fukushima

The senior managing officer of the Iwatani Corporation on the formation of the Japan Hydrogen Association

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Etiquette guide

Etiquette guide

Working hours

All you need to know about time on and time off in the Japanese workplace

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Without equals

Without equals

Fumino Sugiyama

The trans rights activist on how Japan’s politicians need to act now on gender equality

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Life through a lens2

Life through a lens

Masaaki Kasuga and Herbie Yamaguchi

Two great chroniclers of the Japanese capital show Tokyo’s development between two Olympic Games

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