Osaka entrepreneur's improved coconut oil lifts Filipino fortunes

National 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. To support communities in the world's largest coconut oil producing country, the Osaka-based company ...

Car sharing firms cash in with diversified lineups

National 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. One of the biggest selling points car sharing services offer over standard rental companies has been that they ...

Apps helping couples organize their big day

National 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. To help couples make their preparations easier, many wedding service companies in Japan are now offering computer software and smartphone applications to make organizing the big day easier. The programs ...

Art restorer uses science to resurrect paintings

National 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. Most of the paintings he deals with are oil paintings on canvas, which can crack if ...

Summer heat stimulates interest in 'yakuzen' Chinese herbal meals

National 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. "Yakuzen meals use seasonal vegetables in principle," said Hisako Kikuchi, who manages a cafe in Tokyo. "Summer vegetables are effective in protecting people ...

Apparel maker offers running school

Business / Corporate 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. On a weekend morning in late June, 20 people, many in their 20s, ...

Olive oil seen enjoying second boom in Japan

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"? Olive oil is once again gaining popularity in Japan, after first coming under the spotlight in the 1990s for its health benefits. Various olive oils ...

Food delivery services for offices up

Business Feb 6, 2013

Food delivery services for offices up

With workloads at offices growing as a result of job cuts amid the weak economy, food service companies are seeking to capitalize on an increasing need among workers to use time and money efficiently. Yasuhiro Yamamoto, a 46-year-old who runs a management consulting business, is ...