Hints of some steps that may boost brain health in old age


Are you seeking steps to keep your brain healthy in old age? There are no proven ways to stave off mental decline or dementia, but a new report says there are hints that exercise, controlling blood pressure and some forms of brain training might offer help. Without proof, the government… Read


Shared history: Sengan-en stately home in Kagoshima sits at heart of UK–Japan relations


Back in 1863, UK–Japan relations “got off to a bad start” in Kagoshima, admits Sheffield-born Alex Bradshaw. Now, 154 years after Royal Navy warships bombarded the city on the island of Kyushu in retaliation for an unfortunate confrontation, the public relations manager for the Sengan-en traditional Japanese garden and stately… Read


World's 1st AI chatbot for car rental drivers debuts at Narita International Airport


Bespoke Inc has announced a collaboration with Times Mobility Networks Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Park24 Co Ltd, to offer the AI chatbot concierge Bebot to their customers at Narita International Airport. With this, Times has become the first car rental agency in the world to offer such a service. Once customers register at respective Times… Read

New Products

Japonais Double Matcha Condensed Milk and Brown Sugar Syrup ice cream


Häagen-Dazs has been serving up traditional Japanese flavours as part of their exclusive Japonais range of limited-edition ice creams since 2013, and now for their latest release they’re showcasing one of the country’s most popular ingredients: powdered green tea. Called the Japonais Double Matcha – Condensed Milk Brown Sugar Syrup, this is the eighth Japonais release for… Read


Travel back in time to Showa Era at Grand Hyatt Tokyo beer garden


Grand Hyatt Tokyo will hold a series of summer beer garden events inspired by Japan’s Showa Era, beginning on July 3. The beer garden will be held on the spacious outdoor garden and Thyme banquet room located on the hotel’s 4th floor. The Showa Era was an important post-war period… Read


Many bank employees heading toward unemployment as AI takes over


“I have no idea what I’m supposed to do now.” It’s a statement that could come from a lot of people confused and/or elbowed aside by changing times. As it happens, the speaker is a bank employee (Watanabe-san, let’s call him), and he speaks, says Shukan Gendai (June 24), for… Read


Can the oceans solve water scarcity?

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Freshwater is a limited but essential resource. Our renewable supply is rain and snow that falls over land. When these are abundant, our needs are met. But when conditions are dry, when drought comes, when populations grow, we struggle. Salt water, in contrast, is abundant, covering three-quarters of our planet,… Read


The secret of Macron's success


We are beginning to glimpse what underpins Emmanuel Macron’s success. France’s new president has amazed Europe with the speed of his rise, from a former minister to head of the republic in less than a year, from political neophyte to creator and leader of a winning party. He has amazed… Read

Executive Impact

Logistics real estate firm ESR explores diversity, renewable energy


While we may enjoy the fruits of consumerism—marked by an abundance of goods and, increasingly, on-demand services and delivery—we rarely give much thought to the systems and infrastructure that underpin this global social force. A key component of the logistics systems that are vital to the consumerist world is the… Read


For the first time in 1,300 years, the Yamabushi open their doors to international visitors in search of self-discovery


Yamabushi are the ancient mountain priests of Japan. Their traditional role was to help guide people to their true nature and to teach discipline and warrior ways. This year Megurun Inc and Daishobo – a pilgrim lodge in the foothills of the three sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan, Yamagata Prefecture.… Read

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