‘Old School’ Coolers Catching On in Japan

‘Old School’ Coolers Catching On in Japan

TOKYO – ‘Old school’ cooling technology has gotten a reboot in Japan, and proving that the best way to help the masses survive the heat may mean simply scaling up a tried-and-true idea. Portacool Japan has been importing large-scale evaporative coolers for the last...
Doctors Prescribe the Wearable Chair

Doctors Prescribe the Wearable Chair

TOKYO – Sitting down on the job may actually be the best way to get things done after all. And who’s to argue if the doctor prescribes it? For designers at Yokohama-based machinery firm Nitto, hopes are riding on the notion that physicians really do know best. The...
Japanese Consumers Are ‘High’ on Cannabis Oil

Japanese Consumers Are ‘High’ on Cannabis Oil

TOKYO – Despite living in a country with tough marijuana laws, Japanese consumers are nevertheless getting increasingly ‘high’ on cannabis oil. Researchers at Arthur Corporation are hoping that the buzz lasts. From its base in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan, the...
Soapless Bathing Coming to a Tub Near You

Soapless Bathing Coming to a Tub Near You

TOKYO – Advances in the art of getting clean could mean that picking the right bar soap may soon no longer be a problem. In fact, there won’t be any need for soap at all. Such are the hopes of Osaka-based home products maker I Feel Science, which has developed a...
No Place Like Japan for Wind Power

No Place Like Japan for Wind Power

TOKYO – There is no place like Japan for wind power makers. Thanks to a highly incentivized tariff system and abundant air currents, the country is fast becoming an industry mecca. Some might call it the new “kamikaze”–literally, Divine Wind. For...

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