Putting a New Spin on Laundromats
The number of laundromats in Japan has doubled over the past 20 years. This episode shows how new takes on the traditional business model are offering more choices to consumers and helping their owners to draw in new customers.

[In Focus: Skepticism Looms Over Indo-Pacific Partnership]
The US wants countries in the Indo-Pacific to form a new economic partnership. Washington hopes it will promote growth in the region while helping it gain influence. But some say the effort is more bark than bite.

[Global Trends: 'White Gold' Rush]
Lithium-ion batteries are increasingly being used in all kinds of products. And that means big business for South America, which is sitting on an abundance of lithium. Big changes are now coming to the region as companies rush to extract its 'white gold.'

Putting a New Spin on Laundromats

By using alkaline ionized water instead of detergent, this laundromat appeals to customers who want to avoid using chemical-based cleaning agents
Some businesses such as convenience stores and gas stations have discovered that offering laundromat facilities can help them to increase sales

Global Trends

This salt lake in Argentina has a large quantity of lithium underneath it that's attracting the attention of countries around the world
Demand for lithium is expected to be high for the foreseeable future as the list of products using lithium-ion batteries, including electric vehicles and even personal flying machines, continues to grow