Helping the license-less elderly get around
Giving up driving after decades can be a big problem for the elderly, but new, easier-to-use mobility scooters and community shuttle services -- some that even use autonomous driving technology -- are helping an aging population get around.
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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.
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.
The freshest yellowtail fish
Yellowtail is the third-most popular sushi fish -- after tuna and salmon -- among foreign visitors to Japan, but the tuna is notoriously hard to ship long distance. Now, some companies are finding ways to fix that.
Reviving, celebrating traditional crafts
The small city of Ureshino in western Japan is known for its Yoshida ware pottery, green tea and onsen hot springs. But a rich history of tradition is not enough to keep business going, and new ways to celebrate old traditions are bring energy back.
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.
Transforming everyday industries with GPS
Tour buses, farms and everyday logistics are getting boosts from GPS technology that goes beyond just location but also precision operation thanks to new refinements, some of which come from home electronics components.