Benefiting from three days off a week
One of the problems with giving employees an extra day a week off is that workers have a hard time not worrying about their work, but some companies are experimenting with ways for stress-free extra time off.
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Making paper from stone
Limex is technically paper, but it is not made from wood and uses no water to produce. And now the limestone-and-polymer material is ready to be used in many applications where ordinary pulp-based paper just doesn't cut it.
Made-in-Japan metal goes global
Cobarion, a new metal alloy developed by Tohoku University, is becoming recognized outside of Japan as a jewelry-quality alternative for people with nickel allergies. The goal now is to convince jewelers and customers on the material.
Putting professinals in the prefectures
It can be hard to convince big-city professionals to move to the countryside, but companies and local organizations are hitting on the right combinations of skill matching and job satisfaction that is helping far-flung find the right talent.
Helping the license-less elderly get around
Giving up driving after decades can be a big problem for the elderly, but new, easier-to-use mobility scooters and community shuttle services -- some that even use autonomous driving technology -- are helping an aging population get around.
3D mapping the forest
Laser mapping, 3D imaging and drones are changing the world of forestry, as technologies gather and put together in ways no human can -- a much-needed addition to an industry that has a severe shortage of workers.
Flat-rate services take hold
Monthly toy deliveries and bottomless coffees are just some of the services popping up that use flat-rate fees. And though many of these ideas are not terribly profitable yet, they carry great potential to help small businesses take off.