An employee for Japanese cosmetics company Kao removes a super thin transparent layer after using a palm-sized diffuser on her face. Photo: AFP

In a world first, Japanese cosmetics company unveils a fibre spray-on skin

  • The moisturising face mask is made of fibres one-100th the thickness of a human hair, and is breathable
  • In future, the technology could be used to cover scars or to create an invisible medical patch
Topic |   Japan

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An employee for Japanese cosmetics company Kao removes a super thin transparent layer after using a palm-sized diffuser on her face. Photo: AFP
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Popular duty-free items – such as high-end cosmetics and watches – will be among the first items to be sold from vending machines. Photo: Shutterstock

Japan’s plan to beat labour woes? Vending machines for duty-free goods

  • The government is set to approve the plan as an influx of tourists coincides with a lack of personnel who can speak foreign languages
  • Japan is facing a worsening labour shortage, a legacy of its shrinking population and decreasing birth rate
Topic |   Japan

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Popular duty-free items – such as high-end cosmetics and watches – will be among the first items to be sold from vending machines. Photo: Shutterstock
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