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Creator of 'sento' website bathing in early success

Jul 20, 2016

Creator of 'sento' website bathing in early success

A website providing information about sento public bathhouses in parts of Japan is proving popular despite the decline in such communal baths, which have been a major part of Japanese culture. Tokyo Sento, launched in 2015, now attracts about 100,000 views a month, mainly ...

Firms filling needs of graying population's aging pets

Mar 24, 2016

Firms filling needs of graying population's aging pets

As the Japanese continue to age, so do their pets. Improvements in animal rearing and care have seen pets living longer, prompting the creation of new businesses that cater not only to the elderly, but to their animals as well. Tokyo-based Seikatsu Kagaku Un-Ei ...

'Glamping' in Japan: Roughing it just got easy

Feb 26, 2016

'Glamping' in Japan: Roughing it just got easy

“Glamping,” or “glamorous camping,” is gaining popularity in Japan among travelers who want to experience the pleasures associated with camping without forsaking the comforts of a luxury hotel. Hoshino Resort Co., a leading operator of resorts and hotels, opened Japan’s first glamping facility, Hoshinoya ...

Development of care robots growing in aging Japan

Jan 27, 2016

Development of care robots growing in aging Japan

A shortage of nursing-care workers in Japan amid a rapidly aging population is accelerating the development and introduction of robots programmed to perform care-giving tasks. The government is also spurring the trend, calling for the development of robotics-based nursing-care equipment as part of its ...

Low-carbohydrate food market expanding in Japan

Jan 7, 2016

Low-carbohydrate food market expanding in Japan

The market for low-sugar food is expanding in Japan, reflecting recognition that moderate carbohydrate restrictions are an effective way to address lifestyle-related diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. The Eat & Fun Health Association, which promotes low-carbohydrate diets, recommended in November a set ...

Innovative cinemas try to show home viewing is no great shakes

Oct 29, 2015

Innovative cinemas try to show home viewing is no great shakes

Cinema operators are fighting to lure people away from tablets and smartphones and back into theaters, adopting enhancements to the traditional movie experience. Toho Cinemas Ltd. has introduced what it calls a 4-D system, which adds tactile stimulation to 3-D. Three theaters in Tokyo ...