Letter From Tokyo

Whither Japan's innovative culture?

Country seems to have lost its edge, but experts say one area it can explore is 'fun' innovations

The SkyDrive SD-03 flying car being test-flown in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture, last year. SkyDrive, backed by Toyota, may be the first in the world to launch flying cars if it meets its 2023 target. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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TOKYO - The 1964 Tokyo Olympics left an indelible impact as Japan showcased to the world innovations such as high-speed rail and pictograms, used to represent the different sports and amenities such as male and female toilets, which have become a ubiquitous language that bridges communication barriers worldwide.

But present-day Japan seems to have lost its edge even if it is still regarded as a technological powerhouse.

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