It can be easy to forget when you live here, but despite how many people live and work in Japan, cities are kept remarkably clean.
This applies not only to the roads or the train stations, but across all forms of public transportation, including trains, buses, and taxis.
It takes quite a lot of people to keep our cities beautiful. In this feature, we visit those cleaners at work.
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Turning a Weakness into a Strength (PDF)
It takes more than just efficiency to jump hurdles
Pursuing the potential in waste, inconvenience, risk, deficiency, and weakness
Post-WWII Japan built a strong economy through the pursuit of efficiency.
But after the bubble burst, its economy stagnated and its society has yet to recover its vitality.
Efforts are now being made to create new products and build a diverse, rich society.
To this end, those that were outcast for the sake of optimization as being weak or a waste are being reassessed and utilized.
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Savoring Seasonal Bounty and the Historical Flavor of Dashi Stock
A Japanese dish, made with painstaking effort from carefully selected ingredients.
The source of its flavor is dashi stock, an ingredient with a long history, artfully combined with a bountiful range of seasonal ingredients through the skill and passion of the cook.
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Many people seem to have realized recently that running is a really enjoyable sport.
In fact there were 303,450 applications for the 2013 Tokyo Marathon!
The chances of winning a place in the event were 1 in 10.3, the lowest ever.
Running appears to be an easy sport, because all you have to do is run.
But there is a lot to learn, and it’s harder than you might think.
You need knowledge and gear that suits you in order to run comfortably and enjoyably.
We’ve put together some basic information to help you get to that point.
For anyone who wants to try for the first time, or give their running a boost:
Now is the time to get out in the warm spring weather and have a go!
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For that Special Someone,on a Special Day (PDF)
Gifts Made in Japan
On the heels of Christmas comes the New Year--
December is an exciting time for everyone.
Here we offer a collection of carefully selected, made-in-Japan gifts, sure to please the giver, and delight the recipient.
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In Search of Fresh Vegetables (PDF)
Good Food Starts with Tasty Ingredients
Vegetables tend to be thought of as a complement rather than the main dish, vegetables but a really good vegetable packed with an intense concentration of flavor is something that should be savored for itself.
Recent trends in food safety awareness have stimulated demand for safe, locally grown produce.
Combine this with the application of advanced technology to agriculture and it all adds up to the start of new food adventures with vegetables.
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The Electric Car Evolves (PDF)
Gasoline or Electricity? That is the Question
By the year 2020, 1.5 billion cars will be on the road around the globe.
That’ s a projected increase of 160% over current levels.
Gasoline depletion and CO2 emissions are major concerns.
Necessity compels us to rethink our modes of transportation over the next decade.
One powerful contender for the future is electric cars.
Can the introduction and spread of electric cars really take off?
And what are they like to use?
We bring you this report on the current state of electric cars, and their future.
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Japanese Snacks are Amazing! (PDF)
Popular Even Overseas
Delicious, fun and safe, the variety of Japanese snacks and sweets is amazing.
The casual sweets children love are exquisite, from their packaging to their texture.
Everyone eats them without thinking, but these sweets and snacks feature the creativity and attention to detail for which the Japanese are famous.
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