3D mapping the forest
Laser mapping, 3D imaging and drones are changing the world of forestry, as technologies gather and put together in ways no human can -- a much-needed addition to an industry that has a severe shortage of workers.
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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.
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.
Help a region by staying at a farm
Farm stays are becoming a way for foreign tourists to experience rural life in Japan, and also are helping farming communities to come together than pitch in to welcome these temporary guests.
Winning formula for chocolatier
The confectioner Quon Chocolate prides itself on employing people of various developmental disabilities while also managing to turn a business profit without having to rely on public employment assistance.
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.
Making halal work for visitor and business
Eating out and shopping in Japan can be tricky people following halal Islamic guidelines. But many businesses are seeing lucrative opportunities in making food, cosmetics and other items that can put Muslim visitors at ease.