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 ...

Online fashion service for men

Nov 12, 2013

Online fashion service for men

While professional stylists might be considered the preserve of movie stars and other celebrities, ordinary men seeking direction with their fashion choices can find help in a new online service. Green romp Ltd. is running an Internet site called bemool where professional fashion stylists ...

Shabondama Soap finds success naturally

Oct 31, 2013

Shabondama Soap finds success naturally

The sailing hasn’t always been smooth, but Shabondama Soap Co. has produced soaps for nearly four decades that don’t contain additives such as perfumes and artificial colors. The company based in Kitakyushu doesn’t use any chemically synthesized ingredients and only uses animal and plant ...

Study app business brisk, prepping youths from all walks for college

Oct 24, 2013

Study app business brisk, prepping youths from all walks for college

The smartphone application business targeting students preparing for college entrance exams is buoyant amid a steady increase in smartphone users among high school students. Naoki Miyauchi, an 18-year-old high school senior in Okayama, attends one of Japan’s major preparatory schools and is studying for ...

Herbs the latest fad for pampered canines

Sep 26, 2013

Herbs the latest fad for pampered canines

What’s good for humans sometimes proves the same for their canine friends, and dog lovers have started experimenting with herbal treatments to improve their pets’ well-being. “Your beloved dogs should feel relaxed when you wrap them in a towel soaked in herbal water,” an ...

'Karuta' card store still going strong 90 years on

Sep 4, 2013

'Karuta' card store still going strong 90 years on

Nobuo Okuno, 82, has been selling traditional “karuta” playing cards at a store that has been operating in Tokyo’s Kanda-Jimbocho district for more than 90 years. “Playing karuta, you have to use your eyes, ears and brain, so you can enhance concentration,” Okuno said. ...

Calculated move: Interest in 'soroban' picks up

Aug 21, 2013

Calculated move: Interest in 'soroban' picks up

The “soroban,” Japan’s traditional abacus, is drawing renewed interest as a tool to promote the development of children’s mental capacities and to help fight dementia in the elderly. At a soroban class in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward, early elementary school children practice a mental calculation ...

Tie maker's founder got early start

Aug 12, 2013

Tie maker's founder got early start

Aya Ohzeki was still just a 17-year-old high school student when she founded her necktie company. “A company will go down if it fails to earn money, so it’s important to try to keep creating something special and unique that no one else can ...