IIST e-MagazineIIST e-Magazine No.0265
31, March, 2017

The G-Mark and Design Thinking

Tsugio Ide
Director, Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute
Good Design Fellow
Director, Asian Communication Juku, Japan China Management School

The Japan Institute of Design Promotion’s Good Design Award (G Mark system) celebrated its 60th year in 2016. A total of 4,085 applications were received that year from right across the Asian region (Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, China, and India, etc.) and including not just manufactured goods but also architecture and services, etc., with 1,229 entries ultimately awarded.
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Series: Growing Inbound Tourism (Part 5)
Here Comes Setouchi!

Satoshi Itou
The Inland Sea, SETOUCHI Tourism Authority

As a Japanese DMO (Destination Management/Marketing Organization) frontrunner, the Setouchi DMO aims to do much more than simply attract visitors to Setouchi. What is the DMO’s mission?
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Series :The Power of Japan—Small and Medium Enterprises Go Global (Part 3)
Shiga University—Building a Business Model for Overseas Expansion by Small Firms

Satoshi Chikakane
Professor by Special Appointment
Research Center for Cooperation with Society
Shiga University

Shiga University is working with international students and Hong Kong universities to develop a model that will enable small firms to develop overseas sales channels, including holding business talks in Hong Kong—a rather unique initiative that speaks to our capacities as a university.

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Exploring Environmental Business Possibilities in Vietnam
Human resource development through on-the-job training

Chuzo Nishizaki
Technical Coordinator
Team E-Kansai

On-the-job training at a beer factory in Vietnam to teach engineers about specific environmental conservation technologies and environmentally-friendly production technologies generally succeeded in meeting training objectives, but also identified a number of issues where more training will be needed in future.

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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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