Appliances for singles
Smaller refrigerators...with wine cellars on top? The market for appliances for those living alone is growing not just because of the abundant number of singles in Japan, but also in large part to novel, compact twists to everyday items.
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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.
Making internet medical consultation easier
Ignoring symptoms, or going to a hospital? Surely there's a middle ground. And that's where new services come in, as online consultations give those who are hesitant to seek treatment the chance to make a more informed decision.
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.
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.
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.
Fighting rust with science
From Buckingham Palace to greenhouses on Japanese farms, one little device can add decades to the lives of steel pipes, using electromagnetism to prevent the spread of corrosive red rust.