Making paper from stone
Limex is technically paper, but it is not made from wood and uses no water to produce. And now the limestone-and-polymer material is ready to be used in many applications where ordinary pulp-based paper just doesn't cut it.
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Making halal work for visitor and business
Eating out and shopping in Japan can be tricky people following halal Islamic guidelines. But many businesses are seeing lucrative opportunities in making food, cosmetics and other items that can put Muslim visitors at ease.
These dishes don't break
Aritaware is already known as one of the world's finest porcelains, but it has a fresh claim to fame -- the world's toughest porcelain. New technologies have allowed makers to create bowls and plates unlike any other, and revive a sleepy industry.
Big names seek promising venture partners
SoftBank, NTT Docomo and other giants of Japanese tech are looking for just the right small ventures in which to invest. Finding the right companies takes time and educated guesswork, but the process is becoming very rewarding.
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.
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.
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.