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From booze to bioenergy: Japanese factory to convert waste from shochu production into fuel

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Anabuki Housing Service Corporation, a condominium management company, held an inauguration ceremony on April 7 for its Shochu Bioenergy Miyazaki Nichinan Plant in Nichinan City, Miyazaki Prefecture. Since 2014, the company has been working closely with the University of Miyazaki in a public-private collaboration to refine ethanol for biofuel from… Read

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Japanese companies utilize Manthan wellness programs; report increased productivity, staff happiness during pandemic

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Manthan, a wellness program for Japanese corporations, has said that their pilot program involving three top 100 Japanese companies in finance, advertising and healthcare technology, has improved performance, staff engagement and staff retention over the six-month pilot period. The newly piloted program Manthan (Sanskrit for “churning” the ocean in order… Read

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Japanese businesses to reopen automatic hand dryers in public restrooms

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As we have often seen over the past year-and-a-half, every country has their own way of dealing with the threat of COVID-19. Japan has largely allowed business to continue, albeit with certain restrictions, in an effort to balance safety with maintaining the economy. Whether this relatively lax approach was the right… Read

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COVID-19 has sparked new wave of innovation across consumer industries: Accenture

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people live, work and socialize, accelerating demand for innovation, as retailers, consumer goods, and travel companies shift from reacting to the crisis to reinventing products and services, according to findings of a new global survey from Accenture. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people… Read

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In Japan, you can now earn money for turning your car into an anime itasha

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In Japan, if you cover your car with anime-character graphics you’re said to have turned it into an itasha, literally a “painful car,” since it’s now such an eyesore that it’s painful for non-otaku to gaze upon. But itasha are no longer just painful, but profitable too, thanks to Cheer Drive. Photo: Cheer… Read

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Japanese study finds that writing by hand increases brain activity more than electronic memos

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Electronics can do pretty much anything for us nowadays, including organizing our schedules, taking notes, and even meeting a bunch of virtual crabs. But have you ever wondered if physically writing something down is better for you in the end? The University of Tokyo and NTT Data Institute of Management Consulting… Read

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Retiring in Japan: What’s the best strategy?

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More and more of us have come to Japan and are choosing to stay. In the summer of 2000, I arrived here expecting to do two years on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, then go onto bigger and better things. More than 20 years later, I am still… Read

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Battling ingrained sexism in the Japanese workplace

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Climbing the corporate ladder while dealing with a sexist office culture is, unfortunately, all in a day’s work for ladies in Japan. We show you some tactics to effect change at your workplace — even if it’s only baby steps. It was 10 p.m. and my boss and I had… Read

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Samurai dance teacher moves online as Tokyo Olympics bans overseas spectators

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There was a time when Koshiro Minamoto had hoped to welcome foreign tourists during the Olympics by introducing them to the arts of the samurai from a classroom in central Tokyo. But when the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee decided last year that the Games would be postponed, and then last… Read

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What’s it like to shop at FamilyMart’s first 'unmanned' convenience store in Japan?

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On April 1, FamilyMart opened a new branch inside the Sapita Tower building, near Tokyo Station. Inside, you’ll see the sort of food and beverages you’d expect in a Japanese convenience store, but what you won’t see are any employees at the registers. That’s because the shopping transactions are all done through a slick,… Read

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