Satoshi Toi

For Satoshi Toi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Automobile wraps put new spin on paint jobs

Nov 28, 2014

Automobile wraps put new spin on paint jobs

Car owners are looking to color wrapping to breathe new excitement into their rides. One of them is a 55-year-old executive at a Tokyo real estate company. He hired YMG1 Co. in May to change the colors of his three imported cars. His silver ...

Food industry hungrier to recycle its waste

Oct 31, 2014

Food industry hungrier to recycle its waste

Food companies are increasingly adopting programs to recycle waste leftover from the production process. Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. launched a “food recycle loop” system in March to recycle its coffee grounds into compost to grow vegetables and feed cows. The vegetables grown and milk ...

Golf turns to kids, other sports to lure younger players

Oct 6, 2014

Golf turns to kids, other sports to lure younger players

Japan’s golf industry, which is still largely dependent on seniors and corporate outings, is changing in the face of the aging population and stiffer competition from other leisure activities. To attract younger players, some golf clubs are opening schools for children or adding facilities ...

When kids see red over eating greens

Jun 13, 2014

When kids see red over eating greens

How do you get children to eat more vegetables? The Japan Vegetable Sommelier Association organized courses in Tokyo recently for youngsters aged 5 to 9 in which trained chefs tried to help them overcome their yuck instinct. It seemed to work. “I’m becoming interested ...

LED bulbs develop color customizing options

Jun 2, 2014

LED bulbs develop color customizing options

Light-emitting-diode bulbs are becoming a new tool for customizing home or office lighting environments. In November last year, Naomi Watanabe, who teaches at an elementary school in the evenings, installed a Panasonic Corp. LED ceiling light system in her classroom at a private home ...

Feb 11, 2014

Me time: Services for solo customers flourishing

Table for one? Then how about trying out karaoke for one? Or even golf or soccer? In the face of the declining population coupled with an increasing number of people who remain single, companies are beginning to target a new clientele — the solo ...

Low-priced 'generic' household appliances gaining popularity

Jan 21, 2014

Low-priced 'generic' household appliances gaining popularity

So-called generic home appliances are growing increasingly popular with consumers who place priority on low prices and practicality over multiple functions and brand recognition. In the industry, generic home appliances are “no-brand” products or ones coming from little-known brands that use older technology. They ...

Kids get better sense of balance with no-pedal bikes

Jan 2, 2014

Kids get better sense of balance with no-pedal bikes

A bicycle called the Strider that has no brakes or pedals is proving popular with parents of young children learning to ride, as its intrinsic instability helps improve sense of balance and eliminates the need for training wheels. The Strider, developed by a U.S. ...

Gene test kits help determine disease risk

Nov 21, 2013

Gene test kits help determine disease risk

Discovering whether you are at risk of developing specific diseases once required going to a hospital for various kinds of time-consuming examinations. Now it can be done with a simple test conducted at home or at a drugstore. A 43-year-old female company employee from ...