We ask Kengo Kuma, the architect behind the New National Stadium, how he sees Japan and the world after 2020.

Architect kengo kuma
Architect kengo kuma
Kengo Kuma

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…


What does it take to make a company that’s loved by its staff? Haruki Osawa share with us

The original article “15 books to help build up an ideal organization” is a part of the WORK MILL with Forbes JAPAN Issue 4 -loved company ©WORK MILL, published on April 11, 2019

Haruki Osawa

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.

* Motivate Your Team Members

1-When your team is worn out


Davis Smith, Founded Cotopaxi after working at a VC and starting up a few other companies. While being a serial entrepreneur, he’s also an angel investor, investing in startups such as Warby Parker and Allbirds.

Davis Smith
Davis Smith
Davis Smith, CEO of Cotopaxi

The original article “COTOPAXI” is a part of the WORK MILL with Forbes JAPAN Issue 4 -loved company©WORK MILL, published on April 11, 2019

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…


So speaks Stephanie Korey, the co-founder of Away. We delve into the secrets behind the suitcase brand that all the US is talking about.

Away
Away
Times Square, 6 am. An endlessly blue sky spans over the
city as if the heavy snow of the day before was just a dream.
Gigantic screens on either side flash advertisements of
loved companies such as Disney and Apple.

The original article “AWAY” is a part of the WORK MILL with Forbes JAPAN Issue 4 -loved company©WORK MILL, published on April 11, 2019

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…


People see Apple’s success, and many have learned the importance of design from them. The ideal fusion of startups and design.

Naoya Edahiro

The original article “The ideal fusion of startups and design” is a part of the WORK MILL with Forbes JAPAN Issue 4 -loved company ©WORK MILL, published on April 11, 2019.

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…


Denmark has been called the world’s happiest country. What Japan should learn from Denmark, the country of happiness?

Hiroshi Osonoi

Hiroshi Osonoi

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.


Dwelling thoughtfully inside the millennial mind of Chinese, while merely asking the entrepreneurs at WeWork in Beijing.

China’s entrepreneur
China’s entrepreneur
Han Lee

The original article “Inside the mind of millennial” is a part of the WORK MILL with Forbes JAPAN Issue 3 — The Age of Post-Innovation ©WORK MILL, published on October 2, 2018

Company name: SANLIPOP

Position: Co-Founder & Menswear Buyer

Major: Fashion management

Age: 35

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?

Steve Jobs

3-How many hours do you work daily?

8 to 10 hours

4-What is most important to you when working?

Efficiency

5-What do you think about the US/Japan?

I believe the…


How did the old warehouse company become like a startup firm, churning out new businesses one after another? We ask the CEO of Warehouse Terrada.

Warehouse Terrada, Tennozu Isle in Shinagawa, Tokyo.

The original article “Time is value” is a part of the WORK MILL with Forbes JAPAN Issue 3 — The Age of Post-Innovation ©WORK MILL, published on October 2, 2018

We ask Yoshihisa Nakano, the CEO of Warehouse Terrada and the central figure of its reformation.

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,”

says Yoshihisa…


Mr. Kakuno, who was sent to San Francisco from Ito En to sell green tea, was at a loss. The market for unsweetened green tea was limited.

Kenichi Kakuno

The original article “BE THE NEW STANDARD” is a part of the WORK MILL with Forbes JAPAN Issue 3 — The Age of Post-Innovation ©WORK MILL, published on October 2, 2018

ITO EN

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. …


For society, this sort of connectivity between ideas and the environment is important. We must link business and design.

Business and Design
Business and Design
VIGGA

The original article “Fusion of Business and Design” is a part of the WORK MILL with Forbes JAPAN Issue 2 -The Danish way ©WORK MILL

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

Okamura creates new value in spaces where people work and live. Heightened inspiration means greater productivity. Where comfort and health go hand in hand.

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