Flat-rate services take hold
Monthly toy deliveries and bottomless coffees are just some of the services popping up that use flat-rate fees. And though many of these ideas are not terribly profitable yet, they carry great potential to help small businesses take off.
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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.
Autonomous "smart drones" ride KDDI's network
KDDI's cellular network has successfully helped a self-flying drone find its way across the countryside, marking a major step forward in package delivery, emergency damage assessment and security that the company is keen to master.
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.
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.
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.
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,