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.
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How to make pure, synthetic quartz
Quartz is essential for modern technology, and demand is only rising. But natural quartz isn't good enough. And making the crystal synthetically is a long, precise operation that one Japanese company has mastered.
A fabric like no other
Asahi Kasei is the only company in the world that makes Bemberg, a fabric that is in many ways superior to silk or polyester, but also hard to manufacture.
Warmer, thinner, more innovative jackets
Japan's 2018 winter Olympians might have been the most comfortable athletes in Pyeongchang, thanks to Asics' technological innovations in lightweight jackets. This is how they were made.
Electronic community currencies keep it local
Local communities are experimenting with their own electronic currencies, allowing residents and visitors to pay for everyday things more efficiently, and adopting these systems at a pace much faster than was thought possible a few years ago.
The secrets of the water-saving nozzle
The Bubble90 nozzle not only saves money by reducing water use, it also helps make faucets more effective at cleaning. The secret is in the design. But what exactly is that design? We take a closer look.