A business hotel game-changer -- no beds
Traditional inns have futons on the floor, but business hotels? The novel concept of opening up the typical hotel room has brought life back to one hotel, and could help kick-start a nationwide change.
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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.
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.
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.
The workable search for a marriage partner
Like many parts of Japan, the city of Shikoku Chuo is hard-pressed to find enough workers, and many people are also hard-pressed to find a marriage partner. Now, the services that help find employees is using its toolbox to help people find love.
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.