IIST e-MagazineIIST e-Magazine No.0268
30, June, 2017

Japanese Cinema Polarizes
Strong box office performance at home—lackluster reception at international film festivals

Yoshihisa Kato
Chief Editor
Cultural News Section
Kyodo News

Thanks in particular to great advances in animation, box office takings for Japanese films reached a record high last year at home, but Japanese films have been receiving a cool reception at international film festivals. What needs to be done to boost the presence of Japanese films?
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Series: Growing Inbound Tourism (Part 7)
Turning “Nothing” into Rural Cool
Guides as the link between travelers and locals

Shiho Yamada
Chura-boshi Company

Satoyama Experience offers guided journeys into the heart of rural life in Gifu Prefecture’s Hida region. What is the secret to satisfying 99 percent of the discerning world traveler’s dreams?
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New Series: Employing AI / IoT to Create New Businesses
A Garment Production Platform Linking People and Technologies

Hidekazu Kawano
CEO & Founder
Sitateru Inc.

Total optimization (the creation of a virtuous circle) in garment production requires innovative approaches that make proactive use of IoT and ICT.

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Growing Kyushu's Inbound Flows
Adopting a lifecycle approach that appeals through consistent customer value stories

Hiroshi Ebara
Managing Director
Health & Public Service Group
Accenture Japan

The key to growing inbound flows of students, tourists and investment is to factor in the particular life-stages of each of these as customers, instituting a shift from “patchwork-style” regional resource management to an emphasis on consistent “stories.”

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* Articles are written by METI officials and specialists, economists, journalists, and experts in various fields. It should be noted, however, that views expressed do not represent the official position of the Japanese government or of IIST.

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