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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How to make pure, synthetic quartz
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Companies rally behind disabled athletes
Hiring athletes with disabilities has proven beneficial for both the company and the employee, as future paralympians get support, training and funding, and the companies create a team spirit of their own.
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.
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.
The workable search for a marriage partner
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