Big names embrace craft beer
Kirin and Sapporo are both joining the craft beer craze, opening brew pubs and launching new subsidiaries to capture the fast-growing market in Japan as sales of more mainstream beers level off.
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Ginza now has its own robot hotel
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Making tech grow cacao sustainability
The agri-business Olam International is bringing the latest tech to the world's cacao farms, including in Sumatra, where small-hold farmers can benefit from increased access to price information and agriculture techniques.
Japan embraces competitive esports
Competitive esports has become a worldwide phenomenon, and Japan risks falling behind. But now with the consolidation of the country's three major esports organizations, Japan is ready to offer bigger prizes and support its professional gamers.
New tools in Olympic security
The Special Equipment Exhibition & Conference for Anti-Terrorism was held in Tokyo to showcase to security professionals the latest in surveillance and protecting public events, with a special eye to helping the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.