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Shinichi Tokuda
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 24, 2019
In Japan, busy singles are turning to apps to find love
In Japan's time-scarce, results-oriented society, people no longer feel they can find a life partner through traditional dating methods, and are instead turning to internet matchmaking options to better their chances of meeting a compatible companion.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 20, 2017
Schools, firms ramping up efforts to train volunteers for 2020 Tokyo Games
With less than three years to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a surge of interest has been seen in people hoping to be trained to become Olympic volunteers, seen as vital to the smooth operation of the games.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 5, 2017
English schools look to teach Olympians, expand business ahead of 2020 Games
Language schools are tying up with sports associations to help improve the English skills of Japanese athletes in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 24, 2017
Businesses ramp up efforts to promote kids in sports
A range of businesses have been ramping up the promotion of exercise products and programs to encourage more children to take up sports.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 29, 2016
Aquariums target young couples with new attractions and longer hours
Aquariums in the greater Tokyo area are offering new attractions and features to expand the scope of visitors beyond just families with children, with two aiming to provide a dating site for young couples and another a healing spot for adults
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Aug 26, 2016
Put a bird on it, or a wallaby: logos sell New World wines
Wines produced in Chile, Australia and other New World regions are gaining popularity among consumers in Japan due to their reasonable prices and eye-catching animal logos.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 23, 2016
Japan wedding planners find growth in shrinking wedding parties
The bridal industry in Japan is shrinking, the result of demographics and changing lifestyles.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 11, 2016
More Japanese look to Philippines to hone English skills
Japanese are increasingly choosing to study English in the Philippines over the United States or U.K., driven by the lures of cheaper tuition fees and the proximity to home.
BUSINESS
Feb 7, 2016
Lean beef sees surge in popularity among Japan's health-conscious
Demand for lean cuts of beef is rising in Japan as consumers become increasingly health-conscious.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 19, 2016
Seasoning makers initiating children into the world of 'washoku'
Traditional washoku cuisine is catching on abroad, yet in the country of its origin its future prospects are not so tasty.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 12, 2015
Sake industry seeking to boost flagging consumption
Faced with declining consumption of sake, breweries and retailers are coming up with new events and services and promoting pairings of the drink with new foods to attract fresh customers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 11, 2015
Osaka entrepreneur's improved coconut oil lifts Filipino fortunes
With the growing popularity of coconut oil-based health and cosmetics products in Japan, sales are strong at Cocowell Corp., which imports a traditionally made version of the oil from the Philippines.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 18, 2013
Car sharing firms cash in with diversified lineups
Car sharing services are getting popular, and one important reason is that more types of vehicles have become available, including imported luxury brands and sport utility vehicles.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 28, 2013
Smartphone game developer creates romance in virtual world
Waka Yoshida, who develops story lines for smartphone games, gets her inspiration from watching dramas and movies on TV every day.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 15, 2013
Apps helping couples organize their big day
Marriage is a major event in one's life but preparing for it can be bothersome.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 30, 2013
Art restorer uses science to resurrect paintings
For more than 40 years, Emile Yoshimura has brought more than 10,000 old damaged paintings back to life, including some by eminent artists dating back 200 to 300 years.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 16, 2013
Summer heat stimulates interest in 'yakuzen' Chinese herbal meals
Interest in meals based on Chinese herbal medicine started taking off this summer as "yakuzen" became the latest fad in vegetable-based cuisines.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 22, 2013
Apparel maker offers running school
Sportswear maker Asics Corp. has organized a running school for beginners in collaboration with scale maker Tanita Corp. and cosmetics maker Shiseido Co. to capitalize on the growing popularity of the activity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 5, 2013
Olive oil seen enjoying second boom in Japan
Fancy a few drizzles of olive oil over your ice cream? Or how about becoming a certified "olive oil sommelier"?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 19, 2013
Middle-aged women with money to burn are fashion firms' top target
Apparel makers, department stores and other fashion-oriented businesses strive to attract women in their 40s and 50s as they remain active consumers, regardless of economic conditions.

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