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IBARAKI - A Time Traveler's Journal

The alluring charm of Ibaraki can be an elusive creature. Akin to an ethereal breeze catching you unaware, it sweeps you into a serene adventure colored by a history laden past. Nestled in the northeastern area of the Kanto region, Ibaraki was considered a utopia in the early 8th century. A reputation garnered by fruitful harvests and lavish gifts from the ocean and surrounding mountains. Its extravagant bounty nourished a Babylonian backdrop for the lifestyles of the rich and famous.  ...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.



HEALTH

Soapless Bathing Coming to a Tub Near You

Advances in the art of getting clean could mean that picking the right bar soap may soon no longer ...


HEALTH

The Portable Skin Doctor

Despite being the single largest organ of the body, the skin probably goes the most unloved, given i...


HEALTH

Mini Air Sensors Get 'Smart'

Growing international sensitivity about air quality, combined with the potential of IoT (internet of...


HEALTH

The Wearable Swim Coach

Fans of location positioning systems (who isn’t?) who also spend significant time in the water will ...


ROBOT TECH


Industrial Robots: Rethinking the Status Quo

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


MOBILITY TECH


Virtual Reality Tech Allows for ‘Armchair’ Travel

The rapid evolution of virtual reality (VR) technology means that you soon won’t even need to pack y...


LED TECH


New LEDs Lead Convenient Camping Wave

New and powerful LED lamps are taking the headache out of camping by helping to brighten the night. ...


MOBILITY TECH


Virtual Reality Fun by Phone

Virtual reality (VR) is exploding faster than anyone thought, and this is only good news for gamers ...


DRONES


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...


BUSINESS


Pocket Printing Has Never Been Easier

Leave it to your big brother to bring home the coolest thing on the block....


DRONES


Training Japan's Aviators in War & Peace

From training fighter pilots to drone operators, Japan Aviation Academy (JAA) is moving to keep pace...


ENERGY


German Wind Power Returns to Japan

Japan's aggressive alternative energy policy is pushing some foreign companies to rethink business s...


ENTERTAINMENT
Tuning for the Perfect Sound

“The Aumeo takes the guess work out of what your ears need and makes sure that you get the best audio sound, with more nuance at lower volumes, no matter what headphones you are using.” -- Paul Lee


INDUSTRIAL USE
Materials Research Unlocks Tech Marvels

“Efforts to overcome obstacles like this (component miniaturization) have led to the development of next-generation conductive and superconductive materials that show strong resistance to magnetic fields. They are indispensable now.” -- Kuniteru Mihara, Ph.D.

Furukawa

LED TECH
New LEDs Lead Convenient Camping Wave

“There are still some campers out there who prefer to ‘rough it,' but convenience is addictive, and people want to take their gadgets with them.” -- Harrison Smiddy


DRONES
Lasers Bring Precision to Aerial Mapping

"When it comes to (terrestrial) mapping, the texture of the earth is what everyone wants to see. Only a good airborne laser scanner can provide this detail." -- Koichi Sasaki

Riegl Japan

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


ENERGY
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


HEALTH

Japanese Consumers 'High' on Cannabis Oil

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


HEALTH

Solar Humidifiers Improve Eco-Friendly Air Quality

Eco-conscious fans of room humidifiers can feel and breathe easier now as the first solar-powered humidifying machines have now arrived.


HEALTH

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.


HEALTH

The Insomniac’s Best Friend

Having trouble getting to sleep at night? A new breed of smart glasses may help.


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

Hydrogen for Health: the Next Fountain of Youth?

Japan is going crazy over hydrogen, and it’s not just for fueling futuristic cars.


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


DRONES
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


TRAVEL
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

LED TECH
LEDs Rekindle Old World Warmth

"We think these LED lamps will be a perfect fit for Japanese-style restaurants, inns, and playhouses that wish to create a really traditional looking atmosphere for their guests." --Toru Suzuki

Reudo

DRONES
Satellite Software 'Descends' to Drone Altitude

“We catered exclusively to governments and militaries in the beginning, since the volume of data is so dense – 250 megapixels per frame and up." -- Philippe Simard.

Simactive

INDUSTRIAL USE
Old School Coolers Catching On in Japan

“(Large-scale air-conditioning) technology increasingly looks like a good fit for Japan, as electricity prices remain high." -- Kazumi Sasawatari

Portacool



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

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

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 drone.


DRONES

Is Japan at Risk of Losing the Drone War?

Japan may be at serious risk of losing out in the international competition for the booming commercial drone market. The main reason? Archaic laws that restrict public use and hinder industrial development.


DRONES

Satellite Software 'Descends' to Drone Altitude

Once upon a time, terrestrial mapping software was so big, so bad, and so expensive that only governments with satellites and budgets footed by taxpayers could make use of it.



 
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