Katsuyo Kuwako

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Japan's robots stepping up to fill worst labor shortage in 40 years

Business Dec 7, 2017

Japan's robots stepping up to fill worst labor shortage in 40 years

While people fret about robots taking human jobs, machines in Japan are stepping in to fill vacancies amid the worst labor shortage in more than 40 years. That is creating an opportunity for up-and-coming startups focused on automating warehouse tasks. Nitori Holdings Co., the nation's ...

In financial straits, shrines turn to luxury property development

Business May 11, 2017

In financial straits, shrines turn to luxury property development

Shinto elders at the centuries-old Unesco World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine upset neighbors when they bulldozed a swath of old Kyoto forest to build an apartment complex with units selling for more than $2 million apiece. "They should call it the Shimogamo Corporation," says ...

A ski resort success, Niseko defies rural Japan's demographic decline

National Aug 28, 2016

A ski resort success, Niseko defies rural Japan's demographic decline

Japan's shrinking population has weighed on the world's third-biggest economy, alarmed government forecasters and turned some rural communities into veritable ghost towns. Not so in Niseko, a ski resort community in Hokkaido that is prospering in the face of all the demographic gloom. The local government ...