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...
Okinawa Shares Two Keys To Longevity

Okinawa Shares Two Keys To Longevity

TOKYO – While praised for its natural beauty, the island of Okinawa has never enjoyed an abundance of material assets or a robust economy. It is home to some of the longest living humans on earth, however, a fact that keeps customers interested in what is harvested...
Panning for the Golden Complexion

Panning for the Golden Complexion

TOKYO – If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then perhaps gold is the stuff of ladies’ skin care. Such luxury is behind the thinking of chemists at health product maker Phiten, who have created a make-up removal product literally spun from gold. Launching in Japan in...

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