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What Art Can Teach Us about Innovation

What is the link between art and innovation? Do you need to be naturally creative to innovate, or is creativity (and innovative thinking) something you can learn?
What is the link between art and innovation? Do you need to be naturally creative to innovate, or is creativity (and innovative thinking) something you can learn?

A Need Only Tapioca Can Fill: Japan’s Latest Craze via Maslow’s Hierarchy

Japan loves tapioca! ...but why? Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs suggests it's more than just delicious.
Japan loves tapioca! ...but why? Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs suggests it's more than just delicious.

McDonald’s Japan Plays Pokémon GO for Business: A Model for How Small Teams Can Leverage Emerging Technologies for Wild Success

McDonald's Japan raked in huge profits from the Pokemon GO craze by having the foresight to understand the potential of IoT marketing gamification.
McDonald's Japan raked in huge profits from the Pokemon GO craze by having the foresight to understand the potential of IoT marketing gamification.

The Art of the 7-Minute Shinkansen Clean: 3 Secrets to Japanese Innovation

Japan's famous bullet trains are a model of innovation in speed, technology, and...cleaning? This is the story of the seven-minute miracle.
Japan's famous bullet trains are a model of innovation in speed, technology, and...cleaning? This is the story of the seven-minute miracle.

Welcoming Reiwa: A New Era with a New Kind of Emperor

What can Japan expect from its new emperor. Experts predict that his will be an era of change, with a global-minded intellectual at the helm.
What can Japan expect from its new emperor. Experts predict that his will be an era of change, with a global-minded intellectual at the helm.

Anime, Collaboration, and Innovation: What Japan and Singapore Can Learn from Each Other

Singapore promotes collaboration among the government, research institutes, and universities. What lessons does the country have to share about generating innovation?
Singapore promotes collaboration among the government, research institutes, and universities. What lessons does the country have to share about generating innovation?

From Japanese Tradition to Business Inspiration: Lessons from 400 Years of Classical Dance

Three generations of leaders from the Nishikawa-ryu dance troupe shared...
Three generations of leaders from the Nishikawa-ryu dance troupe shared...

Beyond Omotenashi? How to Showcase Japan to the World

When Christel Takigawa gave her famous "Omotenashi" speech to help...
When Christel Takigawa gave her famous "Omotenashi" speech to help...