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  • High-resolution imagery

    Mapping the future with 3-D technology

    TOKYO -- An old Japanese folk tale tells the story of a dog who sniffs at a spot on the ground and urges his master to dig. The old man does so, unearthing a treasure hoard and living happily ever after. Now, high-resolution 3-D maps rendered wi

    July 2, 2015 12:30 pm JST
  • Mapping the future with 3-D technology

    TOKYO -- An old Japanese folk tale tells the story of a dog who sniffs at a spot on the ground and urges his master to dig. The old man does so, unearthing a treasure hoard and living happily ever after. Now, high-resolution 3-D maps rendered wi

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Greece will cast long political shadows

    If Greece were in Asia, it would be the seventh largest economy, of little geopolitical consequence and soon to be overtaken by Bangladesh and Vietnam. Greece's size, however, is not the right metric to use when gauging its significance in Europe's

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Yes or no to Europe?

    Greece's Tsipras calls referendum to break bailout deadlock

    ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to

    June 27, 2015 12:16 pm JST
  • Islamic State suicide bomber kills 27, wounds 227 in Kuwait mosque

    KUWAIT (Reuters) -- A suicide bomber killed 27 people when he blew himself up inside a packed Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Kuwait city during Friday prayers, the health ministry and witnesses said, the first attack of its kind in the major oil-exporting

    June 27, 2015 04:44 am JST
  • Gun attack kills at least 37, including Europeans, at Tunisian beachside hotel

    SOUSSE, Tunisia (Reuters) -- A gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire at a Tunisian hotel on Friday with a weapon he had hidden in an umbrella, killing 37 people, including British, German and Belgian tourists, as they lounged at the beach and po

    June 27, 2015 12:05 am JST
  • Thwarting knock-offs

    Japan trade group sending intellectual property experts to Singapore, Dubai

    TOKYO -- Jetro, Japan's trade promotion organization, announced Wednesday it will dispatch intellectual property experts to Singapore and Dubai, aiming to check the spread of knock-off products and help Japanese companies. The organization will

    June 25, 2015 03:15 am JST
  • African communications infrastructure

    Furukawa Electric to set up fiber-optic cable plant in Morocco

    TOKYO -- Furukawa Electric will open a fiber-optic cable factory in Morocco, seeking to tap growing demand for communications infrastructure in Africa. The Japanese company plans to invest about 1 billion yen ($8 million) to set up a factory in

    June 24, 2015 04:55 am JST
  • Online security

    Undeclared cyberwar heating up

    WASHINGTON -- More skirmishes in an undeclared global cyberwar came to light in June, although none of the countries doing the fighting acknowledges the war is happening. As reports roll in of breaches of Western countries' computer networks by

    June 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • MERS virus

    Don't be paranoid, be wary, say experts

    TOKYO -- The recent outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea has hit the country hard. The number of people infected with the virus continues to rise as the government struggles to stop its spread. The World Health Organizatio

    June 22, 2015 01:15 pm JST
  • Nuclear power export

    Korean Electric alliance builds its first reactor in Abu Dhabi

    SEOUL -- A South Korean business consortium led by Korean Electric Power has completed one of the four reactors for a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the utility said Friday. The alliance won the order in 2009 for a total

    June 19, 2015 09:57 pm JST
  • Universities vie for world's attention

    TOKYO/BANGKOK -- Roughly one in every three students who study abroad go to the U.S. or U.K., but there are a lot of other interesting, worthy destinations to choose from. Many countries are trying to attract international students, realizing that d

    June 18, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Infrastructure expansion

    Posco to form construction venture with Saudi wealth fund

    SEOUL -- Posco, South Korea's largest steel producer, will partner with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund to pursue infrastructure projects in the Middle Eastern country. Posco Chief Executive Officer Kwon Oh-joon and Abdul Rahman Al-Mufdhi,

    June 15, 2015 09:50 pm JST
  • Combating climate change

    Weak plans mean world set to overshoot temperature goal, says IEA

    LONDON (Reuters) -- Countries' current pledges for greenhouse gas cuts will fail to achieve a peak in energy-related emissions by 2030 and likely result in a temperature rise of 2.6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the International Energy

    June 15, 2015 09:01 am JST
  • Yottabytes getting the jump on pirates

    TOKYO -- The year is 2050. An employee at Lloyd's of London is sitting at her desk observing real-time images from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the company deployed to follow a cargo ship it had insured. She picks up the phone and contacts the s

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • The buzz about drones

    Drones can be used for a variety of purposes, from military to business and recreation. They are an exciting and increasingly affordable new technology, and many expect them to bring about an industrial revolution in the air. But the stealthy, unman

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Michael Schrage: The uncharted territory between autonomy and ethics

    Few U.S. military assets inspire the executive-branch swagger that unmanned aerial vehicles -- also known as drones -- do. "If I'm president of the United States and you're thinking about joining al-Qaida or ISIL, I'm not going to call a judge,"

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • James Coyne: Regulators race to keep up

    When a remotely piloted aircraft loaded with radioactive sand was found on the Japanese prime minister's office late April, it raised alarm over the security risks posed by the growing number of unmonitored drones buzzing around. When it comes t

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Commodities eye

    Oil attempts another rally, but loses steam

    SINGAPORE -- May felt like a deja vu month in the oil markets with crude attempting another rally, much like the one we saw in February, albeit at slightly higher levels, and once again failing to lift off. A strengthening U.S. dollar and renewe

    June 10, 2015 07:54 pm JST