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'Exergaming' Gets a Reboot

‘Exergaming,' a term originally coined in the 1980s for exercise combined with video games, and designed for the growing ranks of couch potatoes, may have finally begun hit the mainstream thirty years later.  ...more

Asian Buyers Guide 2016

“Coolest of the Cool” Exotic Ideas for Gift Shopping

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Japan Press Network (JPN) has just published its semi-annual Asian Expo Buyer`s Guide, a one-of-a-kind catalogue of exotic gift ideas that wholesalers and retailers alike can use to source unique items for import and resale.

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The Guide reflects a culling of the best items on display at consumer electronics fairs held in the summer and fall throughout Asia, from Tokyo to Hong Kong. The top 25 items to make the list survived scrupulous judgement from JPN’s panel of judges, who also included five ‘honorable mentions’ worthy of note.


Japan Readies for All-Digital Audio iPhone 7

While Apple’s new iPhone 7 announcement has stirred the ire of many of the brand’s fans due to the c...


Sorghum: A Super Plant to Save the World?

Long hailed as a 'miracle crop,' the versatile sorghum plant is being hailed as a singular solution ...


Vacuum Lifters Make Japan Debut

Good times or bad, Japanese companies have begun sucking it up at the workplace like never before. ...


English Skill Makes Philippines Global Outsourcing Target

The Republic of the Philippines: doorway to the world? ...


Smart Lighting: The Drive Behind LED Control

While LED technology continues to evolve, much of the new focus has shifted....


Air Pressure Makes Lifting a Breeze

Advances in wearable robotics are helping to remove the physical strain of lifting heavy objects. ...


Industrial Robots: Rethinking the Status Quo

Long known as the collective mecca of cutting-edge industrial robot technology....


Redefining Scooting

Electric scooters continue to get lighter, faster, and more affordable, with Chinese manufacturers l...


Wall Walking Drones: The Indoor Inspectors

A Skywalker may have lived in a distant fictional galaxy a long time ago, but for drones on Earth to...


Okinawa Pushes Free Trade Zone

Pristine beaches, superior scuba-diving, and world-class awamori sake (rice wine) have always...


Drones Over Tokyo? There’ll Be Nowhere to Hide

The next buzz among Tokyoites may not be the latest cell phone app or chic trend, but an overhead dr...


The Rubik’s Cube of Pocket Projectors

Imagine if a Rubik’s Cube could be tasked to do something other than merely tease the mind....

Offshore Wind Power: Worth the Yen?

“Gas and oil are cheap, and if Japan starts switching its nukes back on, there will be even less incentive to throw money at renewables, including wind power.” -- John Deasey

ADVICE COLUMN: Separating Garbage, Japanese Style

Sticky Cell Phones: End of the Line for the Selfie Stick?

“Nanosuction technology is no longer new, but it is improving. As the suction power increases there will be more and more applications, which should expand its portability and convenience.” -- Andy Tang

Vietnam Eyes Top Outsourcing Status

“The government has aggressively opened the country to both tourism and business, which is a welcome sign." -- Tran Ngoc Tram Anh

FPT Software

Japan’s Tatami: Down, But not Out

“There are too many good things about a made-in-Japan tatami to make predicting its extinction premature. The materials are all natural, contain no chemicals, and they can last for a long time with proper care.” -- Yasuto Hatano

Japanese Solar Market Shifts to Cost Saving

"A more robust structure allows for better resilience in the face of heavy snow, rain, and high winds, and allows us to use fewer mounts over wider areas." -- John Taylor

RBI Solar


High Tech Moisture Meter Makes Plant Sitting Easy

Amateur botanists and gardeners with other than ‘green’ thumbs can rest easy away from their plants now that automatic, precise soil monitoring is here.


Taming the African Wild Watermelon

In his 1894 novel Pudd'nhead Wilson, American author Mark Twain wrote of the watermelon: “When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat.”


Japanese Skin Cream is No Longer Horseplay

In many corners of the world, horses are petted, ridden, raced, and even eaten. At Kanagawa-based Diara, Inc., workers even mass produce the animal's oil.


Japanese Consumers 'High' on Cannabis Oil

Despite living in a country with tough marijuana laws, Japanese consumers are getting 'high' on cannabis oil.


Smart Cup Turns Hydration into a Science

For most people, drinking is a simple act of swallowing liquid. For those you prefer to keep track of every drop they imbibe, the perfect tool is now here.


Macrobiotic Enzymes: The ‘Guts’ of a Healthy Diet

While the traditional culinary art of fermentation has yielded a range of tasty, nutritious dishes from pickles to sauerkraut, the science of fermentation is showing some life-changing impacts on health.

Robot Assembly Kits: Training Tomorrow's Einsteins

“The mBot helps kids get accustomed to science and basic technology in a fun way." -- Alice Zhong

Shenzhen Maker Works Technology Co., Ltd.

Portable Skin Exams are More than Skin Deep

“It’s an eye-opening experience for people who have never looked at their skin in such an intrusive way.” -- Shuichi Matsumura

Tire Pressure Management: A Life Saver

“Car and motorcycle ownership in China has increased so much in recent years that traffic accidents are very common, increasing the need for safety systems." -- Kitty Yang

Smart Mirror Makes for Fast Fashion Changes

“It’s not hard to imagine a day when ‘digital changing rooms’ will make shopping for clothing a completely virtual experience." -- Manabu Tsunori

Panning for the Golden Complexion

"Estee Lauder keeps the bar high for its products. We respect that as a good standard to keep." -- Michiyasu Hamada


New Drones are Taking Off -- Vertically and Horizontally

"It would be great if Japanese bandwidth rules could be relaxed to the point where agricultural needs and the manpower shortage could be addressed at the same time with drones." -- Yeni Ye


Motion Sensors Go 'Mini' For Drone Use

Ambitious drone operators will soon be able to get their hands on high-tech goodies that only full-size aircraft pilots have been able to enjoy.


Crowd Security Means Eyes in the Sky

Surveillance technology is getting a facelift in Japan, as the need to maintain security among large crowds gains importance. The issue is especially pertinent for Tokyo, which is set to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.


Fixed-Wing Drones Own a Niche in Japan

While the advent of the Drone Age has seen the proliferation of multi-rotor machines of various sizes and shapes, 'old-style' fixed-wing drones are still in demand.


Micro Drones: Tiny Toys Pack Cool Features

While aerial drones continue to increase in size and power for commercial use, toy drones aren't far behind.


Training Japan's Aviators in War & Peace

From training fighter pilots to drone operators, Japan Aviation Academy (JAA) is moving to keep pace with the needs of the times.


Wall Walking Drones: The Indoor Inspectors

A Skywalker may have lived in a distant fictional galaxy a long time ago, but for drones on Earth today “wall walking” is just now coming into its own.

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