Smoking is injurious to health

TOKYO — Smoking at work will cost you more than a week of precious vacation time at one Japanese company. Piala, a Tokyo-based marketing firm, has started giving non-smoking employees six additional paid days off a year. The company says the idea came from an employee who complained that colleagues who smoked often worked less…

via Company gives non-smokers 6 extra days of vacation to make up for smoke breaks — myfox8.com

Japan is hoping robot babies will encourage people to have real babies

Driven by a declining population, a trend for developing robotic babies has emerged in Japan as a means of encouraging couples to become “parents.” The approaches taken vary widely and are driven by different philosophical approaches that also beg a number of questions, not least whether these robo-tots will achieve the aim of their creators.…

via Japan is hoping robot babies will encourage people to have real babies — Quartz

This popular Japanese snack can teach you how to code

This popular Japanese snack can teach you how to code

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Glico, that Japanese company that makes a bunch of popular snacks like Pocky, has created what’s probably the most delicious way to learn basic coding. It has launched a new app called Glicode, which features a character you can control by taking photos of your noms. Seriously. You know how Pocky’s basically a biscuit stick covered in chocolate, strawberry and all sorts of yummy flavors? Well, you have to position and arrange them in a way that the app can translate into digital commands, and then take a photo. If you do things right, your character can move through obstacles. The app is now out for Android, though it looks like the company is also developing an iOS version. We were able to download it just fine, so it’s definitely available outside Japan. As you can guess, Glico conjured up this project for kids, but there’s absolutely no reason you can’t try it out. After all, nobody can tell you not to play with your food anymore.

via This popular Japanese snack can teach you how to code — AIVAnet