Doing It Their Way

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Entrepreneurs come together to network and share office space at the Creative Lounge MOV in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya district

Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Japan's third largest city (after Tokyo and Yokohama), rants on for more than 90 minutes in the sharp sentences that are his trademark. Everyone — not only in the room but also throughout the nation — hangs on to each syllable uttered by this youthful former TV personality. Inevitably, most of those syllables are vitriol hurled at the politicians running the country in Tokyo. They have become so beholden to special interests, Hashimoto charges, that they have turned deaf to the needs of the nation. The current electoral process "is against the principle of...

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