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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Kyoto townhouses turned into tourist homes
With the large number of tourists visiting Kyoto, the city's old townhouses are becoming the new, cool place to stay for many travelers, and investors and owners are working to refurbish these century-old dwellings into ideal lodgings.
Recycling excess inventories
Sometimes excess inventory can't be helped. But offloading this excess is hard to do without lowering the value of the overall product. But one company has found a way to do just that.
Getting kids to exercise in Vietnam
There is a looming obesity crisis in Vietnam, and one of the problems is the lack of proper physical education tools at schools. But the Japanese sporting goods maker Mizuno is there to help, creating new ways to get kids moving.
Brain training games that read the mind
New devices are letting us see how brain activity changes during tests and other activities, allowing researchers to tailor meditation techniques, productivity exercises, and even potentially help prevent dementia.
Local foods, national appeal
Sake-based salad dressing and udon noodle soup stock are just some of the specialties that companies are coming up with the help local foods gain a wider audience while still preserving what makes these items unique.
A business hotel game-changer -- no beds
Traditional inns have futons on the floor, but business hotels? The novel concept of opening up the typical hotel room has brought life back to one hotel, and could help kick-start a nationwide change.