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For Kaori Kaneko's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan using robots as fix for labor, growth woes

/ Jul 5, 2015

Japan using robots as fix for labor, growth woes

Factory worker Satomi Iwata has new coworkers, a troupe of humanoid automata that are helping to address two of Japan's most pressing concerns — a shortage of labor and a need for growth. The 19 robots, which cost her employer Glory Ltd. about ¥7.4 million ...

Vintners see bright future for Koshu wine

Feb 13, 2015

Vintners see bright future for Koshu wine

Making wine comes naturally to Ayana Misawa, having spent her childhood in vineyards watching her father and grandfather nurture cherished Koshu grapes, a variety known for its fresh and fruity overtones. Misawa and other winemakers in the wine hub of Yamanashi Prefecture are set on ...