Welcome to Unlock The Real Japan, a special collaboration between Nikkei Inc. and Time Out Tokyo created to help Asia’s business leaders gain new insight into one of the most exciting countries on earth.

On this site you will find Nikkei Asia’s renowned insight into the business world combined with Time Out Tokyo’s knowledge of city life, ensuring that visiting executives can experience all sides of life in Japan.

This site is dedicated to looking into Japan’s future. We have spoken with experts in energy, transportation, disaster relief, architecture and technology to provide you with fascinating insights into the country’s next steps.

Recent events have caused us all to take stock, but we are optimistic about Japan’s tomorrow – we look forward to exploring it with you.

Here’s what you can find on the site...

For this special site we’ve asked experts across the world to look forward and look back. Ten years after the Great East Japan Earthquake we report on the rebuilding efforts that have not only regenerated the worst hit areas but could also help others coping with natural disasters. We have also compiled a series of reports on Japan’s pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions, speaking with those on the forefront of turning words into action. We hope you enjoy these visions for a bold new future.

Capital city

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Tokyo’s future as a global financial center.

Walking into tomorrow

Nikkei Asia’s Executive Editor Christopher Grimes looks forward to Tokyo’s future with optimism.

Taking the next steps

Kazuhiko Yoshimatsu, General Manager, FinCity.Tokyo, outlines the next steps the city should take to become a financial center,

Success in the city [partner content]

How law firm Atsumi & Sakai hope to empower the next generation of foreign businesses looking to grow in Japan.

Money matters

Reinventing Tokyo as the leading financial hub in Asia is no easy feat. Management consultant and government advisor Tak Umezawa highlights the potential stumbling blocks.

Financial capitals compared

We take the 10 leading financial cities according to the latest Global Financial Index (GFCI) and compare them in 10 key categories to find our global champion.

Access all areas

Barry Joshua Grisdale, offers us some valuable insights about the role accessibility could play in Tokyo’s future as a global financial city.

Smart thinking

Takuya Miyata gives his tips on how Tokyo should adapt smart city practices to become a future financial hub.

New school of thought

The dean of Temple University, Japan’s oldest and largest foreign university, on how education will shape Tokyo’s tomorrow.

The current situation for international schools in Japan [partner content]

The secret of a successful international school revealed.

Travel planning

Director General of the International Tourism Department, Japan Tourism Agency, Tomohiro Kaneko offers his vision for the future of travel to Japan.

Food for thought

Serkan Toso turned his passion for Japanese food into a business. Here’s his take on the future of Japan’s cuisine, travel and start-up scenes.

Building a better tomorrow

World renowned architect Toshiko Mori looks forward to the future of cities the world over.

Thinking differently

Trailblazing executive Shea Lih Goh, President of Philip Morris Japan, on why Japan needs to embrace diversity for a better tomorrow.

Building bridges

Daiki Fukushima CEO of technology, import and export company Toho International on how advances in remote business can bring Japan and China closer together.

Unlock: Haneda

The Kajima Corporation’s General Manager Atsushi Kato explains how Haneda Innovation City will usher in a new era of robots, self-driving cars and immersive experiences.

Unlock: Yokohama

The newest delights of the future-focused city revealed.

Etiquette guide

The dos and don’ts of doing business in the age of Covid.