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Satoshi Toi
Japan Times
JAPAN
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.
Japan Times
JAPAN
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
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.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 10, 2013
Parents give kids early start in English
More and more parents are interested in having their children start studying English even before they turn 1, with an eye on giving them an advantage in their future careers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 27, 2013
NPO helps granddads learn child-rearing skills
A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization is promoting a program to help grandfathers learn the basics of nurturing babies.
JAPAN
Jun 14, 2013
Pet insurance beginning to mimic policies for people
Early this year, a woman had her rabbit treated for a stomach ailment in a pet hospital for a week, costing her around ¥80,000. But the financial hit didn't pose a problem for the Osaka store clerk because she had pet insurance.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 18, 2011
Website capitalizes on space business
Yoshihide Ito sometimes makes ¥40,000 a day selling organic vegetables from the tailgate of his vehicle in a space he rents in front of a beauty parlor when it isn't open for business.
JAPAN
Jun 4, 2010
Fitness clubs tap kids as memberships slide
Fitness gyms offering a variety of physical exercise programs for children are doing well despite declining adult membership in the midst of the economic slowdown that has hit the country over the past few years.
JAPAN
May 1, 2010
Businesses cash in on insomnia
Companies catering to people suffering from sleeplessness are now in vogue as Japan goes through "the era of insomnia."
JAPAN
Mar 18, 2010
Consumers turn to long-life containers to keep down costs
Consumers are turning to innovative food storage containers to help stretch their food budgets amid the economic slowdown.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 21, 2009
Driving schools try to stay pertinent, even by pampering
Driving schools, confronted with a falling birthrate and fewer young people seeking to get behind the wheel, are pulling out all the stops to attract customers, including manicuring services for women and free day care centers.
JAPAN
Feb 21, 2002
Online music trade riles labels
The battle between online music-swapping service providers and the Japanese music industry is intensifying, with the industry vowing to crack down on what it calls illegal sharing of digital copies of music.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 29, 2001
'Ecomoney' refurbishes society
"Ecomoney," Japan's version of the Local Exchange and Trading System that started on Vancouver Island, Canada, in 1983, is increasingly being promoted to allow participants to offer or receive services in welfare, education and the environment in their communities.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 29, 2001
'Ecomoney' refurbishes society
"Ecomoney," Japan's version of the Local Exchange and Trading System that started on Vancouver Island, Canada, in 1983, is increasingly being promoted to allow participants to offer or receive services in welfare, education and the environment in their communities.

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