Employees and students, training each other
Starbucks' Youth Connection brings together high school students and employees chances to learn from each other, as students see how to tackle challenges of the working world, and managers learn to become better at being leaders.
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Reviving, celebrating traditional crafts
The small city of Ureshino in western Japan is known for its Yoshida ware pottery, green tea and onsen hot springs. But a rich history of tradition is not enough to keep business going, and new ways to celebrate old traditions are bring energy back.
Rail transport new delivery tricks
There are not enough truck drivers in Japan to deliver fresh produce, but trains are working to make up the difference. The problem is time, and the solution is new ways to gently freeze perishables like never before.
Obstacle race as company team building
The Spartan Race is billed as "the world's toughest" obstacle race, and it has finally made it to Japan, where some companies are finding it a great chance to get dirty and build office camaraderie,
Disappearing rice brands
Government changes could mean the end to around 300 region-specific brands of rice that have been developed over decades. But some farmers are working on ways to preserve many of these varieties while keeping them profitable.
Drugstores go way beyond drugs
Drug stores can't thrive on just selling drugs anymore. And though selling food and cleaning supplies has been common for decades in Japan, major stores are now branching into clothing lines and even their own brands of lifestyle goods.