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.
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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.
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.
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.
Electronic community currencies keep it local
Local communities are experimenting with their own electronic currencies, allowing residents and visitors to pay for everyday things more efficiently, and adopting these systems at a pace much faster than was thought possible a few years ago.
A fabric like no other
Asahi Kasei is the only company in the world that makes Bemberg, a fabric that is in many ways superior to silk or polyester, but also hard to manufacture.
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.