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Okinawa Pushes Free Trade Zone Biz

By Brad Frischkorn

Pristine beaches, superior scuba-diving, and world-class awamori sake (rice wine) have always been good reasons to visit Okinawa. To these, setting up a business can also be added.



TRAVEL

Japan Tourists Get Wi-Fi on the Fly

Travelers to Japan no longer need to sneak around like ninjas to capture the nearest, cheapest Wi-Fi...more


INDUSTRIAL_USE

Carbon Fast Becoming the Norm for Drone Makers

As the adoption of strong, lightweight carbon fiber as a building material continues to unfold at a ...more


TRAVEL

Smart Luggage for the Tech Savvy Traveler

Style and functionality have long been buzzwords in the luggage industry, but thanks to advances in ...more


HEALTH

Smart Mirror Makes for Fast Fashion Changes

Stuck over what to wear to a dinner party?...more

 
LED TECH


Feelin’ the Burn with Faux Fire

Taken for granted in much of the West, the pleasure of basking in the glow of a homemade fire is all...more


SAFETY TECH


Child Seat Sensor Ensures In-Car Safety

Wireless technology is proving to be a boon for child safety, especially for toddlers on the go. ...more


LED TECH


Next Generation LED Tech Redefines Shopping

Cheaper hardware and innovative software is pushing LED lighting technology....more


ROBOT TECH


Industrial Robots: Rethinking the Status Quo

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

 
BUSINESS


Virtual Keyboards: Strokes of Genius

The clumsy plastic keyboard may be only a few strokes from the dustbin of history....more


BUSINESS


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....more


BUSINESS


The ‘Sultan of Sign Makers’ Sets up in Japan

Are you an English-capable Japanese entrepreneur looking for a franchise opportunity? ...more


DRONES


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...more



 


HEALTH
Clif Bar Blazes a Trail in Japan

“Historically, Japanese can be called ‘onigiri (rice ball) snackers,’ so the concept of consuming a portable power bar is not totally alien." -- Yasushi Yamada

A and F Japan

ENERGY
Solar Carports Set to Dawn on Japan

“Achieving the 1.0 megawatt level in installed output would be an outstanding accomplishment for the first year. “We’re literally starting at zero.” -- Jiro Shindo


ENERGY
Hydrogen Stations Taking Root in Japan

“The Tokyo (hydrogen) station services about 10 vehicles a day, so it’s not exactly a mecca for traffic yet." -- Toru Komatsudiara

Iwatani Corporation

HEALTH
Hydrogen for Health: the Next Fountain of Youth?

“(Hydrogen) is really catching fire in Japan. People are drinking it, breathing it, and taking it any way they can in hopes for the elusive ‘waka gaeri’ (‘return to youth’) effect." -- Kazushige Kiriyama


HEALTH
Japanese Skin Cream is No Longer Horseplay

“Horse oil used to be known as a kind of snake oil, but there are some really good topical uses." -- Takashi Terauchi

Diara

MOBILITY TECH
Award-Winning Wheelchair Design ‘Goes Hollywood'

“The whole concept behind the WHILL has been to change the public perception of physically disadvantaged people who are in need of better mobility. The machine does seem to have an positive emotional impact.” -- Daisuke Otani




HEALTH

Cutting Through the Haze Over Air Quality

Japan’s consumer electronics market is renowned as a tough nut to crack for foreign competitors, given the high quality of domestic products and cutthroat competition.


HEALTH

Superfoods Are Coming to Breakfast

Breakfast foods are increasingly not only healthier, but super healthy. Fans simply call them "superfoods."


HEALTH

Addicted to 'Angie Lips'

As a swashbuckling thief with beyond-pouty lips, actress Angelina Jolie captured Hollywood in the 1990s as the Tomb Raider.


HEALTH

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.


HEALTH

Okinawa Shares Two Keys To Longevity

While praised for its natural beauty, the island of Okinawa has never enjoyed an abundance of material assets or a robust economy.


HEALTH

CO2 Microbubbles May Cure a Bad Mood

If eating better can help with weight loss, can bathing better help cure a nasty disposition? We may not wait long to find out.




HEALTH
'Oshibori' on the Rise: Reinventing the Hand Towel

“A mildly alluring, maybe even mysteriously pleasant aroma, can be a powerful memory stimulant.” -- Naoki Ootsuka


BUSINESS
Hybrid Computers Set to Shine

“The cheesy tagline for a 2-in-1 is that ‘it’s a laptop when you need it and a tablet when you want it.’” -- Shantanu Basu


SAFETY TECH
Child Seat Sensor Ensures In-Car Safety

“The sensor is a bonus for the parent/driver in two ways: added peace of mind about the child’s safety, and the ability to focus more on the task of driving by removing a major distraction.” -- Steven Lo


OPINION
ADVICE COLUMN: Separating Garbage, Japanese Style


TRAVEL
Japan Tourists Get Wi-Fi on the Fly

“All these tourists and languages are providing a good test for the country’s communications infrastructure leading up to the (Olympic) Games four years from now." -- Rustam Makhmadaliev


LED TECH
Waterproof LEDs Safe Enough for Fish

"Almost all the major farms in Japan have now switched over to LEDs in some form. The only unconquered area left is Hokkaido." -- Hitoshi Tatsuno.

Meton Co., Ltd.



DRONES

Lasers Bring Precision to Aerial Mapping

When mapping and surveying earth terrain needs to be perfect, there's nothing like laser-like precision. Drone technology is also making it a lot easier.


DRONES

Drone Control: Taking Pride in Zero Latency

Drone operators flying over long distances or through radio traffic know that clear signal reception can mean the difference between mission success and failure.


DRONES

Taiwan Drones ‘Scan’ Japan for an Opening

Just as Chinese warplanes have been testing Japan in the skies over the South Pacific, it now looks like Taiwanese drones are getting set to test Japan, too – for an opportunity.


DRONES

Help Wanted: Skilled Drone Pilots

Online and newspaper "Help Wanted" ads are likely to include a new kind of job listing in the near future: skilled drone pilots ready for immediate work on solar panel farms, fire stations, and even at old folks homes.


DRONES

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.


DRONES

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.



 
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