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A Tokyo startup's big plan for tiny algae

Euglena is smaller than the thickness of human hair. A Tokyo-based company named after this tiny organism is set to break ground on Japan's first algae biofuel refinery and hopes to help power planes by 2020.

Using robots to build a superior golf club

Inside Japanese golf brand Honma, creator of the gold plated golf club, where they merge the human touch with robotics to improve production.

Delivering beers by drone

Rakuten is often referred to as "Japan's Amazon," but it wants to be a global tech giant. The e-retailer launched 20 years ago. Today it is the highest-ranked Japanese company on Forbes' list of "Most Innovative Companies." CNN sees how Rakuten is leading the way to commercialize drone deliveries.

This startup is a growing platform for Muslim women

Fashion website Amaliah started as a curation platform for Muslim women in the UK, helping them find clothes that are both modest but fashionable. Since, it has grown into a community of more than 250,000 Muslim women sharing ideas and discussion beyond just style.

Urban Ladder's mission: to beautify homes in India

Online furniture company Urban Ladder has helped more than 300,000 people furnish their homes in India. Now co-founder and CEO Ashish Goel says it is working to evolve the brand and build its offline presence in India's home décor market.

The couple creating outdoor retreats with a global flare

Michelle & Greg Martin are co-owners of Kolo Collection, a high-end outdoor furniture and accessories store based in Atlanta.

Turning Thai traditions into modern inventions

Thailand's second city, Chiang Mai, is famed for its artisans. But there are also efforts to build historical handicrafts into the innovations of tomorrow.

Bringing Thai wellness to the world

The Anantara Layan resort on the Thai island of Phuket says 20% of its guests want wellness experiences. The hospitality group developed its program in Thailand and now offers it at 38 properties around the world.

Muay Thai looks to the future

Yokkao is a young Muay Thai brand that's utilizing social media to compete with its bigger rivals and raise awareness of the sport around the world.

Thai beauty brand seeks to become a global name

Panpuri's founder started the business at the age of 28, using organic Thai herbs to make skin care and aromatherapy products. They are now on sale in 20 countries around the world.