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When in America - Trevor Noah

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You can be sure that when coming to America, the accent is the least of it, but check out Trevor Noah's take on it...


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While the hashtag #MeToo has gone viral in many countries, it has yet to gain much momentum in Japan. The national stigma against speaking candidly about, or even reporting, sexual offenses is so strong that it is rare for a Japanese victim to openly come forward.

What's the Word?

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Every year since 1984, Jiyukokuminsha, the Japanese publisher of the annual encyclopedia “The Basic Knowledge of Current News Terms” has nominated a selection of buzzwords that reflect contemporary trends in Japan.


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Homogeneous Japan prefers uniformity, and sometimes enforces it by “hammering down the nail that sticks up.” But has that been carried too far?

The Clout of a Common Language

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 “Englishnization is critical—not important, but critical. Japanese global companies are all product-driven like Toyota, Panasonic, and Sony, but the industry is changing: you cannot just export the hardware and make money anymore. You need to develop a global organization or your company will be dead in 10 years.” - Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of high-tech giant Rakuten.

Mexico for Women Warriors

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 Take heart, women, the right steps can bring success even in male-dominated Mexican business.

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