Wolfgang Bierer: A Sailor’s Tale

*An edited version of this article was published in iNTOUCH MAGAZINE on August 1st, 2016.

Entrepreneur and sailing aficionado Wolfgang Bierer clearly has the wind in his sails.

Four years ago, he joined the Tokyo Sail and Power Squadron (TSPS), an English-friendly sailing club and the only English powerboat training and licence provider in Tokyo. He had just acquired a one-quarter share in Gone with the Wind, a 21-year old, thirty-foot trimaran. How he came to co-own “The Little Old Lady,” as he fondly calls her, is quite the story. Continue reading “Wolfgang Bierer: A Sailor’s Tale”

‘Womenomics’ Author Kathy Matsui Talks About her Inspirational Journey Through Breast Cancer

Quite fittingly, the common assertion amongst survivors that “cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me” resonated with Kathy Matsui, Vice Chair, Chief Japan Strategist at Goldman Sachs and author of Womenomics, when, a few years ago, she stumbled upon a book with a similar title at an American library near the hospital where she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The book, she says, helped her put things into perspective. Continue reading “‘Womenomics’ Author Kathy Matsui Talks About her Inspirational Journey Through Breast Cancer”


Chiropractor Hiroshi Yamada talks about the move that changed his life

Hiroshi Yamada had a dream.

After graduating from high school, he studied psychology to become a counsellor. “I wanted to work with people,” he says, “and help them to live healthily.”

While in university, he worked at a local shelter in the evenings where he looked after children from challenging backgrounds: some had been abused, some had fallen into juvenile delinquency; others were separated from their family. “It was shocking for me to see these children,” Yamada recounts.“At the same time, I felt like I should offer them more hands-on support.” Continue reading “SUTO HEALING CENTER”


Dr. Sheena Iyengar is a true believer in mind over matter.

And she knows this through personal experience: she is legally blind. She lost her vision permanently due to retinitis pigmentosa – a rare degenerative eye disease – when she was still very young.

Yet, this disability did not slow her down. Iyengar, who has earned a PhD from Stanford University, is now one of the most respected psychologist in the U.S. The S.T. Lee Professor of Business at Columbia University and world expert on choice is well known for her award-winning book The Art of Choosing.

Iyengar was amongst the guest speakers who came to talk about the “transformative power of education” on the occasion of the Asian University for Women’s seventh annual scholarship fundraising event (AUW) in Tokyo last March. Continue reading “MINDSET: THE ROOT CAUSE OF GENDER INEQUALITY?”


Since 2009, the Asian University for Women (AUW) has been shaping Asia’s female leaders through high quality post-secondary education.

Based in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the university offers full scholarships to the vast majority of its students. Candidates are carefully selected on the basis of merit and, through hard work and dedication, are empowered to become agents of change in their communities and the world at large. Continue reading “AUW SHAPING NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS”


You’d like to find the perfect wine to pair with your Asian meal but can’t make heads or tails of the vast selection offered on the market?

Fret no more!

We have sampled six New World wines for you, all of which were recommended by none other than Master of Wine (MW) Annette Scarfe, International Wine Challenge Panel Chair, William Reed Business Media consultant, and member of the Estates and Wines team at Moët Hennessy Wine Division. Continue reading “SIX GREAT WINES TO PAIR WITH ASIAN FOOD”