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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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.
The live stream sales boom
Online "influencers" are changing how younger people in Japan shop, as fashion live streams serve as both entertainment and a chance for entrepreneurs to make their names on the market.
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.
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.