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.
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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.
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Relax! It's Premium Friday
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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.