Farmers and consumers come together online over veggies
Apps and startups are letting farmers set their own prices and create direct contacts with supermarkets and restaurants, creating niche markets that also reduces the time it takes for produce to get from field to table.
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A fabric like no other
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Fish farming finds new ways to grow
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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.
Warmer, thinner, more innovative jackets
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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.