Chinese tourists increasingly traveling independently to Japan

National Jan 21, 2016

Chinese tourists increasingly traveling independently to Japan

Chinese tour groups can often be seen following guides clutching red flags in Japanese shopping districts, but organized tours may be losing their allure as travelers set out to go it alone. Chinese tourists are increasingly spurning group travel to stop and smell the roses, ...

3-D printing throws ceramics into a spin

Style & Design Jun 4, 2015

3-D printing throws ceramics into a spin

Cutting-edge 3-D printing technology is changing the dynamics of Japanese ceramics as designers merge the traditional craft with a digital framework in pursuit of aesthetic refinement — and drastically reduce the time needed to create their artwork by ditching the potter's wheel. Yuichi Yanai and ...

More foreign students launching businesses in Japan

Business Jan 13, 2015

More foreign students launching businesses in Japan

Three years ago, Tokyo resident Qi Hongqiang launched Skypechina, an online Chinese-language school, using ¥5 million borrowed from his parents back home in Hebei province, China. The 27-year-old graduate of a Japanese university needed the cash to fulfill one main requirement for obtaining an investor/business ...

Japanese students aim to help develop Myanmar's souvenir market

Business Aug 25, 2014

Japanese students aim to help develop Myanmar's souvenir market

A group of seven Japanese university students have banded together to try to help Myanmar develop a souvenir industry as tourism there begins to take off. They have undertaken the effort through a collaborative project with students in Myanmar. They hope the project will help the ...