New solutions for barrier-free lives
Entrepreneurs are coming up with little innovations can make big differences in how the elderly life their daily lives, including a new design for shopping carts and a voice modifier
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Shedding light on the dark web
Guns, drugs, computer viruses and corporate secrets can all be found on secret sites online. But there are those out there working to protect legitimate businesses prone to attacks and libel.
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.
Big names seek promising venture partners
SoftBank, NTT Docomo and other giants of Japanese tech are looking for just the right small ventures in which to invest. Finding the right companies takes time and educated guesswork, but the process is becoming very rewarding.
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.
A rescue app for cardiac arrest
The minutes before an ambulance arrives can mean life or death, and now there is a smartphone app working to make those crucial minutes count by linking access to AEDs and emergency services nearby for those who have heart attacks.
Opening up the global canned coffee market
Canned coffee is everywhere in Japan, but it is still a novel concept in the U.S. -- for now. American beverage experts from Coca-Cola are learning just how Japan has succeeded in selling bottled coffee, and how innovations continue to be made.