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.
Getting kids to exercise in Vietnam
There is a looming obesity crisis in Vietnam, and one of the problems is the lack of proper physical education tools at schools. But the Japanese sporting goods maker Mizuno is there to help, creating new ways to get kids moving.
Brain training games that read the mind
New devices are letting us see how brain activity changes during tests and other activities, allowing researchers to tailor meditation techniques, productivity exercises, and even potentially help prevent dementia.
Kyoto townhouses turned into tourist homes
With the large number of tourists visiting Kyoto, the city's old townhouses are becoming the new, cool place to stay for many travelers, and investors and owners are working to refurbish these century-old dwellings into ideal lodgings.
Making internet medical consultation easier
Ignoring symptoms, or going to a hospital? Surely there's a middle ground. And that's where new services come in, as online consultations give those who are hesitant to seek treatment the chance to make a more informed decision.
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.
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