A specialized app for specialized shoppers
There is a weakness in online shopping -- specific, nuanced desires tend to get lost in the noise of more popular trends. Now an app is here to link smaller shops with more demanding shoppers, and to bring them to the actual stores.
A business hotel game-changer -- no beds
Traditional inns have futons on the floor, but business hotels? The novel concept of opening up the typical hotel room has brought life back to one hotel, and could help kick-start a nationwide change.
Appliances for singles
Smaller refrigerators...with wine cellars on top? The market for appliances for those living alone is growing not just because of the abundant number of singles in Japan, but also in large part to novel, compact twists to everyday items.
Opening up the global canned coffee market
Canned coffee is everywhere in Japan, but it is still a novel concept in the U.S. -- for now. American beverage experts from Coca-Cola are learning just how Japan has succeeded in selling bottled coffee, and how innovations continue to be made.
Anyone can become a professional farmer
What's a declining agriculture industry to do to bring in new farmers? A venture company called Seak is using technology and innovative selling methods to make farming exciting, and to invite a new generation onto Japan's fields.
A rescue app for cardiac arrest
The minutes before an ambulance arrives can mean life or death, and now there is a smartphone app working to make those crucial minutes count by linking access to AEDs and emergency services nearby for those who have heart attacks.
Farmers and consumers come together online over veggies
Apps and startups are letting farmers set their own prices and create direct contacts with supermarkets and restaurants, creating niche markets that also reduces the time it takes for produce to get from field to table.
Shedding light on the dark web
Guns, drugs, computer viruses and corporate secrets can all be found on secret sites online. But there are those out there working to protect legitimate businesses prone to attacks and libel.
Obstacle race as company team building
The Spartan Race is billed as "the world's toughest" obstacle race, and it has finally made it to Japan, where some companies are finding it a great chance to get dirty and build office camaraderie,
Disappearing rice brands
Government changes could mean the end to around 300 region-specific brands of rice that have been developed over decades. But some farmers are working on ways to preserve many of these varieties while keeping them profitable.
Rail transport new delivery tricks
There are not enough truck drivers in Japan to deliver fresh produce, but trains are working to make up the difference. The problem is time, and the solution is new ways to gently freeze perishables like never before.
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