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  • AI may be listening more than you think

    TOKYO -- Real-time voice translation based on artificial intelligence still has a way to go before becoming scary good, but it's already passable for simple conversation. At least that's my impression after trying Microsoft's video conversation syst

    April 29, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Conveyor-belt sushi rolls again in New York

    NEW YORK -- When they heard that British chain Yo Sushi was opening a New York location, Derek and Angela found it hard to contain their excitement. The couple, who declined to give their last names, had been regular patrons of local eatery East, wh

    April 29, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Trump to order review of all U.S. trade agreements

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Saturday directing trade officials to review all U.S. free trade agreements and investment pacts to see if they actually benefit the U.S. economy and American workers, Commerc

    April 29, 2017 12:15 pm JST
  • US envoy Haley practices big-stick diplomacy with a loudspeaker

    UNITED NATIONS -- During the U.S. presidency of the U.N. Security Council for April, Ambassador Nikki Haley squarely positioned the international body as a soapbox for American interests, signaling that she would not let Washington's role fade into

    April 29, 2017 07:30 am JST
  • Japan rescue fund to lead joint bid for Toshiba chip ops

    TOKYO -- The Innovation Network Corp. of Japan will orchestrate the expanding U.S.-Japan partnership for a joint bid for Toshiba's memory chip business, probably bringing on board some Japanese companies as well as Toshiba's American partner Western

    April 29, 2017 07:17 am JST
  • Wall Street slips on weak GDP data, but indexes rise in April

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Stocks edged lower on Wall Street on Friday after data showing the U.S. economy grew at its weakest pace in three years in the first quarter gave traders a reason to cash recent gains.Major indexes closed up for April, however,

    April 29, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • US threatens North Korea, courts China

    WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- The U.S. is pushing for tougher sanctions on North Korea and has deployed military assets near and on the Korean Peninsula, while also making conciliatory gestures toward China to secure its cooperation in dealing with the rogu

    April 29, 2017 06:01 am JST
  • Mazda counts on SUVs to traverse tough US market

    TOKYO -- Mazda Motor will tackle the rugged terrain of the American market with sport utility vehicles, hoping to ensure profit growth this fiscal year.The U.S. market is presenting automakers with a host of challenges, such as slowing new-car sales

    April 29, 2017 05:15 am JST
  • US urges countries to act before 'North Korea does'

    UNITED NATIONS -- Taking a tone of urgency, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday pressed the international community to sever diplomatic and financial ties with North Korea to block its nuclear weapons program."For too long, the internati

    April 29, 2017 04:30 am JST
  • Foxconn plans 'capital-intensive' US investment - Chairman Gou

    WASHINGTON/TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, is planning a "capital-intensive" investment in the United States, Chairman Terry Gou said as he exited the White House on

    April 29, 2017 03:27 am JST
  • All bluff and bluster? Trump's first 100 days

    WASHINGTON -- As his first 100 days in office draw to a close, U.S. President Donald Trump is lashing out against Syria and North Korea to take eyes away from his lack of progress on the domestic front, like on economic growth and immigration contro

    April 29, 2017 03:26 am JST
  • South Korea paying for THAAD 'impossible' - presidential frontrunner's aide

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that Seoul pay for the THAAD advanced U.S. missile defense system would be an "impossible option," a top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential frontrunner Moon Jae-in said on

    April 29, 2017 03:11 am JST
  • Trump vows to fix or scrap South Korea trade deal, wants missile system payment

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters on Thursday he will either renegotiate or terminate what he called a "horrible" free trade deal with South Korea and said Seoul should pay for a U.S. anti-missile system that he priced

    April 29, 2017 02:23 am JST
  • China warns situation with North Korea at 'critical point'

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- China warned on Friday that the situation with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs is at a "critical point" and said dialogue and negotiations are the only "practical" way to end tensions.Speaking

    April 29, 2017 12:30 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    ASEAN at 50: Carry on soul searching?

    The slogan of ASEAN 2017 under its Philippine chairmanship -- "Partnership for Changes, Engaging the World" -- is telling. After five decades of existence, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations continues to do what it has always done best -- so

    April 28, 2017 11:50 pm JST
  • In or out of TPP, Washington's pressure has Tokyo fretting

    TOKYO -- Japan is in a trade bind. The country is trying to resurrect the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, minus the U.S. At the same time, it is under pressure from Washington to negotiate a bilateral trade deal.A lot of balls are up in the air

    April 28, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • US warns of possible conflict with North Korea, China says situation could escalate

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said a major conflict with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, while China said the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control.T

    April 28, 2017 12:57 pm JST
  • Trump spurns Taiwan leader's suggestion of another call

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president's suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beij

    April 28, 2017 11:37 am JST
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou visits White House

    TAIPEI -- Chairman Terry Gou of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, visited the White House on Thursday local time, though it is not known whether he met with President Donald Trump.Footage from t

    April 28, 2017 10:10 am JST
  • Robert A. Manning

    The irony of strategic patience with North Korea

    One measure of just how preoccupied Washington is with Kim Jong Un was an unusual Trump event: Inviting all 100 U.S. senators to the White House Wednesday for a briefing on North Korea presented by his secretaries of state and defense and the direct

    April 28, 2017 09:00 am JST