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.
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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.
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.
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.
Warmer, thinner, more innovative jackets
Japan's 2018 winter Olympians might have been the most comfortable athletes in Pyeongchang, thanks to Asics' technological innovations in lightweight jackets. This is how they were made.
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.
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.