Nursery school push hobbled by lack of workers

| Mar 9, 2014

Nursery school push hobbled by lack of workers

Many government-certified nursery schools are scheduled to open in April, but some are questioning whether some of them actually will open their doors on time. The concern stems from two factors. The first is the shortage of construction workers amid strong demand as a ...

'Cloud matching' inspiring startups

| Feb 23, 2014

'Cloud matching' inspiring startups

Cloud matching, the practice of matching buyers and sellers from a large pool of people, organizations and companies, is a field entrepreneurs are seeking out as a new business opportunity. Voyagin Pte., based in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, is one such company. It sells domestic ...

Eco-labels urged to save endangered marine life

| Feb 9, 2014

Eco-labels urged to save endangered marine life

2013 highlighted the decline in Japan’s fishery resources, with baby eel trading at ¥3 million per kilogram — more expensive than silver — and the catch quota of bluefin tuna being slashed at the December meeting of the Commission for the Conservation and Management ...

NISA a hit with old investors, not new

| Jan 26, 2014

NISA a hit with old investors, not new

NISA, short for Nippon Individual Savings Account, in which individual investors will be eligible for tax exemptions of up to five years on their financial gains, has begun this month. Banks and securities houses are rushing to promote sales campaigns to encourage individual investors ...

Pakistanis find niche in used car business

| Jan 12, 2014

Pakistanis find niche in used car business

Led by Pakistanis living in Japan, exports of Japanese used cars are growing, thanks to their durability and high technology. In particular, Pakistanis at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, have been very active in the used-car business, using social networking ...

'Abenomics' exposing sheltered dairy farmers

| Dec 22, 2013

'Abenomics' exposing sheltered dairy farmers

The price of raw milk sold to dairy product makers rose by ¥5 per kg in October as imported cattle feed gets costlier amid the weakening yen. In response, three major milk product makers — Meiji Co., Morinaga Milk Industry Co. and Megmilk Snow ...

Firm's tech takes out chemical arms

| Nov 24, 2013

Firm's tech takes out chemical arms

A Japanese firm claims it has technology that can help Syria dispose of its chemical weapons in line with a Sept. 27 United Nations Security Council resolution ordering the nation to do so. “Davinci (short for detonation of ammunition in a vacuum integrated chamber), ...

Deer a pest said best served as local delicacy

| Nov 11, 2013

Deer a pest said best served as local delicacy

To reduce the damage done to the environment by birds and other animals, major security company Alsok began a monitoring service this summer in which people helping hunters are notified by email when something lands in their traps. Certified hunters have been setting traps ...

Sony spinoff goes global with biometric ID gadget

| Oct 27, 2013

Sony spinoff goes global with biometric ID gadget

Turkey is working on a nationwide project to install biometric authentication systems in hospitals and pharmacies nationwide. A biometric authentication system is a way to confirm identification with fingerprints, a vein on a finger or in another part of a human body. The system ...