The original article SLOW IS MORE is a part of the WORK MILL with Forbes JAPAN Issue 3 —THE AGE OF POST-INNOVATIONALISM ©WORK MILL, published on October 2, 2018
Architecture is one of the fields Japan is best known for in the world. Many Japanese architects are celebrated worldwide, beginning with Kenzo Tange of the first post-war generation, Kisho Kurokawa, Fumihiko Maki, Arata Isozaki, and Hiroshi Hara of the second generation, Toyo Ito and Tadao Ando of the third generation, and now Kengo Kuma, SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), and Shigeru Ban of the fourth generation. At Kuma’s architectural…
Manager of organizational development designing at Link and Motivation and executive director of OpenWork. Since joining Link and Motivation, Osawa has engaged in enterprise organizational reform. He led the planning department of a new business before being promoted to his current post.
1-When your team is worn out
“Sorry, I’m late.” One hour after the scheduled time, Davis Smith, the CEO of Cotopaxi, quietly entered the room. We had heard that a member of his family passed away on the day of the interview. Unlike the clear blue sky over the majestic mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah, where the Winter Olympic Games were once held, Davis’s face was clouded over. Yet, he was able to force a smile now and then as he…
There’s a startup brand that in only three years has sold a million suitcases throughout forty countries, opened over ten retail stores, become profitable by 2017 according to Forbes magazine, and whose sales soared up to 150 million dollars in 2018. It’s Away, a suitcase brand founded by two women. Away offers suitcases and other traveling equipment both online and in-store, hosts events, and even publishes a travel magazine. Their concept is to design traveling as…
Many recent startups in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area are focused on design. I feel like the design is being appreciated more than ever. People see Apple’s success, and many have learned the importance of design from them. A big turning point came when designer-cum-scientist John Maeda became a partner of Silicon Valley’s major venture capital company, KPCB. Every year since 2015, he has presented a “Design…
Editor-in-Chief, WORK MILL (Sep. 2016‒Jun. 2018). Joined Canon in 1999. After working in printer business planning, he became responsible for in-house reforms in the Business Division IT Department. In 2012, he began working as a working style reform consultant at Microsoft Japan, then joined Okamura Corporation in 2014.
Company name: SANLIPOP
Position: Co-Founder & Menswear Buyer
Major: Fashion management
1-What does your company do?
We manage shops that sell fashion and lifestyle items. We also distribute information worldwide.
2-Who do you respect?
3-How many hours do you work daily?
8 to 10 hours
4-What is most important to you when working?
5-What do you think about the US/Japan?
I believe the…
Over the past few years, remarkable changes have been made around the boardwalk enormous graffiti art, shops, and restaurants housed in renovated warehouses… It’s almost like you’re in Brooklyn’s warehouse district. The company behind the area’s development is Warehouse TERRADA, established in 1950.
“We were being left behind as a warehouse company, losing out to our competitors. But I realized, we were entrusted with some pretty interesting things,”
A green tea maker founded in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1966. They introduced the world’s first canned green tea in 1985, and the first plastic bottle green tea in 1990. The group’s total revenue is 494.7 billion yen (as of April 2018).
Kenichi Kakuno, who was sent to San Francisco from Ito En to sell
green tea, was at a loss. …
KADK (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), the largest and oldest design school in Denmark, is located in a corner of a residential area facing a canal in the east of central Copenhagen. “Since its founding in 1754, KADK has graduated architects and designers who help sustain our society,” says the principal, Lene Dammand Lund. From streetscapes to traffic signs, everything in this country is so beautifully designed. The reason is because the values of…
Okamura creates new value in spaces where people work and live. Heightened inspiration means greater productivity. Where comfort and health go hand in hand.