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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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.
Appliances for singles
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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,
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 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.