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.
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Companies rally behind disabled athletes
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Fish farming finds new ways to grow
Why is JR West getting into fish farming? Because it is not any typical aquaculture. The cleaner water is producing safer fish and oysters to eat raw, and the business is helping communities along far-flung train lines.
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.
Teleworking takes on new jobs
Teleworking is transforming how workers work, and how companies value workers. And as more companies in Japan experiment with ways to help people work from home, families and communities are benefiting as well.
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.