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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Prevening train station accidents
Platform gates have done wonders for reducing the number accidents at train stations, but the devices are expensive and can be logistically hard to install. New ideas are on the way.
Sｍartphone, smart public engagement
Make it all a game, says Iwate Prefecture, as it tries to boost off-season tourism by creating smartphone-based adventures. And it's not the only local government finding ways to get people engaged through tools they already have in their pockets.
Feeding the construction boom
Major buildings are going up across Tokyo, and that means major appetites for the people who work at the sites. One company is on a mission to offer better meals to these crews, one hot bowl of soba at a time.
Competing for 'charismatic ordinary people'
They're not celebrities in the classic sense, but people famous online are becoming the spokespeople of businesses, as their image of being more like the rest of us proves good for business promotion.
Help a region by staying at a farm
Farm stays are becoming a way for foreign tourists to experience rural life in Japan, and also are helping farming communities to come together than pitch in to welcome these temporary guests.
The battle for better sushi
Kurazushi in Osaka is doing big business offering low-priced sushi by finding ways to keep costs down, including the purchase of entire catches and processing it all next door, including types of fish rarely seen on sushi restaurant menus.