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.
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These dishes don't break
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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.
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.
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.
Neuroscience made practical
Moving prosthetic hands and speaking with the eyes are just a few of the ways scientists are deciphering brain waves to enable communication as the ability to interpret the electrical signals of thoughts becomes more refined.