National Jan 12, 2014

Service helps new moms juggle kids and careers

After seeing many of her friends and colleagues abandon promising careers for motherhood, Keiko Koda was inspired to find a way to help professionals stay on the corporate path after having children. In 2009, she founded AsMama Inc. to lend a hand to these women. Since ...

Ramen workshops teach hopefuls tricks of trade

National Dec 24, 2013

Ramen workshops teach hopefuls tricks of trade

A company in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture, has organized a series of workshops for aspiring chefs interested in opening ramen restaurants to teach them how to make noodles, manage their businesses and even design interiors. Many of the participants are former company employees who lack experience ...

National Nov 19, 2013

Website offers easy way to find nonallergenic food

Willmore Co., a Tokyo-based health information research firm, launched a free online site in late September that members can search for food they're not allergic to. On the site at www.kumitasu.com (in Japanese only), members specify their food allergens such as eggs, wheat or "soba" ...

Soy flour in demand for low-calorie dishes

National Nov 18, 2013

Soy flour in demand for low-calorie dishes

Soybean flour has surged in popularity thanks to health-conscious consumers who are seeking a lower calorie alternative to standard flour without compromising too much on nutrition. Since May, Mei Bao, a restaurant touting healthy Chinese food in Tokyo's Shimbashi district, started serving deep-fried noodles made ...

Manager of secondhand shop Tifana gives fashion items new life

National Nov 13, 2013

Manager of secondhand shop Tifana gives fashion items new life

Having loved fashion since childhood, Junichi Kato took a job at a secondhand shop to prevent usable clothing from being thrown away. Kato, 38, manages the Musashikoyama outlet in Tokyo of recycle shop Tifana, which buys and sells used clothes, shoes, handbags and tableware. "I found ...

Smartphones drive surge in Net auctions, gripes

National Oct 21, 2013

Smartphones drive surge in Net auctions, gripes

Japan's online auction market has seen major growth in the past several years, driven by the popularity of smartphones and sellers seeking to offload secondhand goods. But the National Consumer Affairs Center has alerted consumers to take precautions against problems with the payment process and ...

Textile makers keen not to miss next 'Cool Biz' buzz

Business Feb 24, 2006

Textile makers keen not to miss next 'Cool Biz' buzz

Textile producers are preparing to go all-out if next summer yields a second rendition of the "Cool Biz" campaign with the launch of new materials, after having missed out on profits last year. The recent seasonal clothing campaigns -- last summer's "Cool Biz" and this ...