Crowdfunding crowd pleasers

Digital | ON: TECH Nov 18, 2018

Crowdfunding crowd pleasers

by Chiho Komoriya

In the past, crowdfunding sites were primarily platforms for startups and individuals short of development funds. Now larger companies are seeing the benefits of allowing consumers to participate in the research and development of new products. Here are a couple of crowdfunded ideas that ...

Japan's big brands go cat crazy for Neko No Hi

National Feb 22, 2018

Japan's big brands go cat crazy for Neko No Hi

by Chisato Tanaka

On Feb. 22, which is Neko No Hi (Cat Day) in Japan, some major Japanese companies have entered into the spirit of the celebration and surprised the public by changing their corporate names to capture the heart of cat-loving potential customers (presumably just for ...

Railway names Tama the cat's replacement as stationmaster

National Aug 11, 2015

Railway names Tama the cat's replacement as stationmaster

Wakayama Electric Railway Co., which recently mourned the death of its popular feline "stationmaster," has appointed another cat as her successor, hoping the tradition will continue to attract passengers. The railway, which credited Tama with rescuing it from financial difficulties, issued a letter of appointment ...

Wakayama's popular 'stationmaster' cat Tama, 16, dies

National Jun 25, 2015

Wakayama's popular 'stationmaster' cat Tama, 16, dies

Tama, a cat "stationmaster" of a railway station in Wakayama Prefecture whose immense popularity helped boost the railway's revenues and the local sightseeing industry, died Monday at a local animal hospital aged 16 years and two months, the equivalent of about 80 years in ...

Cat cafes are catching on in Britain

National Feb 25, 2015

Cat cafes are catching on in Britain

by Rhyannon Bartlett-Imadegawa

Inspired by similar establishments in Japan but with an added English flair, London's first cat cafe is doing a roaring trade providing traditional afternoon tea in feline company. Since opening last March, the cafe has been fully booked almost every day, and similar independent businesses ...