Municipal-run services taps big data for matchmaking

May 29, 2017

Municipal-run services taps big data for matchmaking

One day in May, a woman in her 40s was browsing a tablet computer at a municipality-funded matchmaking center, searching for a prospective husband. She was surprised; the computer suggested candidates she wouldn’t have otherwise considered. “It recommends people who were under my radar,” ...

Thirsty? This ryokan's faucets run with mandarin juice

Jul 28, 2016

Thirsty? This ryokan's faucets run with mandarin juice

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Takashi Oyabu is the president of a company in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, that operates tourist infrastructure with a difference. Its portfolio includes ryokan (traditional inns), restaurants and shops that sell high-end, locally made items such as towels and ceramics. In the lobby of Dogo ...