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Australia’s innovation ranking takes another hit while entrepreneurs rally

There are numerous programs and indexes launched each year to assess a country's innovation capabilities. Among the most comprehensive and credible is the Global Innovation Index prepared by INSEAD, which last week released its 2009-2010 report, revealing some unexpected outcomes. According to the report, Australia is losing its way as a country supportive of innovation. However, its innovation outputs are on the rise.

A conversation about entrepreneurship with expat Australian Terrie Lloyd (part 2)

A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to sit down with Terrie Lloyd, a 51-year dual-national of Australia and New Zealand,...

A conversation about entrepreneurship with expat Australian Terrie Lloyd (part 1)

A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to sit down with Terrie Lloyd, a 51-year dual-national of Australia and New Zealand, who has lived in Japan for 26 years. A "self-made man" in the truest sense, he formed his first company on a working holiday visa at the age of 25, in Japan, and has established more than 17 companies since then. Terrie was extremely generous in sharing his experiences. Below is part one of this two part interview.

Awesome Japanese shop window installation

Those Japanese know how to do shop windows with class. Check out this breath of fresh air -- a Maison Hermès installation by Tokujin Yoshioka.

Japanese sushi robots with the human touch

At the FOOMA Japan 2009 conference, these sushi and patisserie robotic arms were a standout. They could soon replace humans on production lines where soft touch is critical, but the imagination boggles.

Unlock your global potential in Japan

China might have surpassed Japan as Australia’s number one trading partner, but the land of the rising sun still represents a large market opportunity for Australian companies who produce products in demand. Steve Dowling reports on the recent boom in organic food in Japan, and the opportunity that lies therein.

Window on the future: online video in Asia

The very conditions that make Asia such a disruptive market for consumer behaviour - lax copyright, fast broadband, urban youth subcultures, advanced mobile devices - are also fast becoming global trends. As the rest of the world joins the party, you can rest assured, the future of TV will not be far behind.

Boyfriend arm pillow

Boyfriend Arm Pillow Ladies! Sick of sleeping alone? Lost all hope of meeting Mr Right? Why not settle for Mr Right Now? (Or at least...

Crazy inventions: Chindogu

It's time to reach beyond the wayward solitary invention of a wayward solitary inventor to embrace an entire conceptual school of wayward invention: the artful Japanese science of Chindogu.

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