Seniors get back to work
Not all retirees want to be retired, it's just an issue of finding suitable work. And several dispatch companies are finding solutions that not only help seniors use their skills, but also help younger workers perform better.
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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.
Teleworking transforms workstyles
More companies in Japan are discovering the benefits of teleworking, in which employees can work from home or other locations. And often, it allows people to better communicate with each other than if they were all in the same office together.
Coutermeasures against cyber attacks
The Internet of Things can be a buffet for thieves. Devices to protect such things as cars from being hacked or servers being attacked have been slow to materialize, but companies across Japan are working on it, and discovering innovative solutions.
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.
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.