Well-heeled Chinese Opt For Nara's Socks

Well-heeled Chinese opt for Nara's socksWhen the sock makers of Nara Prefecture started to feel the pinch from cheap Chinese imports, they decided to put the boot on the other foot.

The manufacturers sent cargo boats straight back to China and are now getting more for a pair of socks sold in Beijing than the price in Tokyo.

Sharp Aquos Tv Used For Checking Elderly's Well-being

Sharp Aquos TV Used for Checking Elderly's Well-beingKitamoto City (Saitama Prefecture, Japan) and Sharp Corp will start to test what it claims is the industry's first service that checks elderly person's well-being by using an "Aquos" LCD TV July 1, 2012.

The new service was co-developed by the city and Sharp based on the "Mimamori Service," which Sharp provides for Aquos users. The Mimamori Service automatically transmits the information about TV usage (power-on and power-off) to a specified e-mail address. It was launched in March 2011.