Japan is a country proud of its past with a reputation for looking to the future. A country known for its innovation and impeccable quality. Despite decades of battling deflation, a shrinking population, and more global competition than ever, how are Japanese innovators are stepping up to the plate? Join CNN’s Will Ripley, as he uncovers what is driving the country’s ambition - discovering how today’s technology can alter tomorrow’s reality.
Brekke Fletcher joins CNN Digital from The Wall Street Journal where she served as managing editor of WSJ Magazine for five years. During her time at WSJ, she managed the magazine’s editorial team, oversaw travel news coverage and frequently wrote destination and entertainment stories. She has worked at various publications, starting with the launch of Lucky Magazine in 1999 and later taking on managing editor roles at publications such as Jane Magazine, Men’s Journal and Newsweek. Originally from southern California, she moved to New York City a few years after graduating from Northwestern University.
In her new role, Brekke will oversee CNN’s international coverage of travel, managing a network of more than 800 travel contributors and insiders around the world, and a dedicated global team of staff covering up-to-the-minute travel news, destination insights, inspirational travel ideas, original observation and thoroughly researched city and country insider guides with directions to the world's hottest restaurants, bars, hotels and activities.
Give her a shout on Twitter @brekkefletch and check out her Q&A below.
Japan is an island nation with distinctive architecture, historical temples and shrines, and glitzy shopping hubs. The country has long been famed for its cuisine, unique pop culture, and cutting edge technology. While the news has been filled with stories about its economic struggle after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, the nation still remains the world’s third largest economy. And after the Olympic Games wraps up in Rio de Janeiro this year, all eyes around the world will turn to Japan against the backdrop of preparing the 2020 Summer Olympics.
This month, CNN focuses on Japan and gets unique perspectives from six bloggers, four Instagrammers, a Michelin-starred chef, a charismatic mayor, and an 88-year-old scientist-turned-inventor. CNN takes a special look at the country’s rich culture spanning travel, food, fashion, music, technology and urban invention.
You’ve chosen the location. You’ve booked your ticket. And now it’s vacation day… ready for a little R&R? Or how about the three R’s: Refusal, Rage and Romance? Let’s face it: thinking about what can happen before you reach your destination can become overwhelming. To sort through your traveling stress, lie down on the metaphorical couch (or imagine you’re on one of those beds in a pretend first-class airline cabin) and get ready to relate to people like you. CNN.com’s Travel series “The Traveler’s Psyche” zeroes in on the whirling dervish of emotions we experience when squeezing into a tiny seat, being trapped in enclosed spaces for too long and even taking a romantic sojourn in the beginning of a relationship.
As you board the plane, you’re probably thinking: who will sit next to me? REFUSAL: The article, “Airline Squeeze: It’s not you, it’s the seat” talks to a traveler who says, “I look at it like I’ve leased this space for …however long the flight is.” So, why should you have to suffer through ill-dimensioned seats with a lack of legroom, all the while staring at the rowdy row-mate spilling into your lap? CNN writer Thom Patterson explores why airlines ignore comfort and he provides a colorful picture with popular complaints among coach passengers. RAGE: Yes, “Air Rage” is a thing, especially in an uncomfortable seat. But statistics show that instances of unruly fliers have risen nearly 30 percent in the last few years, and that common triggers include drinking alcohol and being forced to turn off cell phones, according to CNN’s Emanuella Grinberg. ROMANCE: And then of course, there’s your traveling companion. What are the risks and benefits of vacationing with your significant other early on in the relationship? This portion of the series by CNN’s Katia Hetter chronicles real couples who’ve taken real vacations and have made real breakthroughs as a result of their trip.
So, how do you feel about your next traveling experience? Feel free to soundoff in the comments on any or all of these articles… hey, it could be therapeutic.