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…

Have you ever wondered how much of our water comes in plastic bottles and where it comes from?

Water SDG’s
Water SDG’s
Image credit: Tetsuro Miyazakiand used with permission from KRNWTR website

Stylish bottles in collaboration with other manufacturers

The original article “Drink tap water and contribute to SDGs. KRNWTR, a water company in the Netherlands” is a part our WORK MILL publication.

Until recently, I had never thought about it. The reason for thinking about this was KRNWTR.

KRNWTR is a unique company that benefits from branding tap water. From their corporate stance, we can learn a lot about our efforts as members of society as well as the SDGs which are a hot topic of discussion now.

Things that come from afar are not always good

When do you buy…

What exactly is a business which designs with an awareness of the discarding stage of a product?

Designers
Designers
Image credit: Mark Koolen

The original article “Design never loses its place. The new values of design including reusability” is a part of the WORK MILL

A while ago I read an article written by a Japanese graphic designer living in Berlin, who went shopping at a zero-package supermarket and mentioned feeling futility in designing.

She too designs packaging and communicates the benefits of the product and the wishes of producers through her designs. However, when she actually went shopping at a supermarket with no packaging, she wondered if package design was really necessary. We’d still be able to do our shopping without any…

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 softly…

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…

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