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  • Japan's Maz World opens lab in Hong Kong R&D hub

    HONG KONG -- Seeing a big opportunity in China for bird-flu masks and skin care products, Japanese biotech startup Maz World has opened a research and development center in Hong Kong.Maz World, which has developed a breakthrough technology that uses

    May 28, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Ancient Japanese capital to put up tourists in historic prison

    NARA, Japan -- Solitary confinement may get a bit more comfortable after a corporate consortium converts a century-old prison in this former Japanese capital into a tourist facility, complete with a hotel and a museum.The Ministry of Justice said Fr

    May 28, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Coffee pods vie to tempt Southeast Asia's drinkers

    JAKARTA -- Southeast Asia hosts some of the world's leading coffee growers and exporters, such as Indonesia and Vietnam, the world's fourth- and second-biggest producers respectively.Neighbors such as East Timor, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and T

    May 28, 2017 12:46 pm JST
  • Denso testing bridge-inspection drone

    NAGOYA, Japan -- Automotive component maker Denso on Thursday showed off a prototype drone that can check old bridges for wear and tear.The Toyota Motor group company began developing the drone in the hope of coming up with a new revenue stream. It

    May 28, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • China "strongly dissatisfied" with G7 statement on East, South China Seas

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China is "strongly dissatisfied" with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a Group of Seven (G7) statement, and the G7 allies should stop making irresponsible remarks, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said.Ch

    May 28, 2017 11:50 am JST
  • Rise and shine: Japanese fishermen offer wake-up calls

    TOKYO -- Those who struggle to get out of bed in the morning now have a chance to receive wake-up calls from an unlikely source of professional early risers: fishermen. It may sound like another quirky service out of Japan, but in actuality it is a

    May 28, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • AI to help Mizuho-SoftBank venture decide who gets loans

    TOKYO -- Mizuho Bank and SoftBank in September will introduce a new consumer loan service that can process an application in 30 minutes -- with the help of artificial intelligence.The AI software will consider various indicators, such as a borrower'

    May 27, 2017 10:21 pm JST
  • Sharp to open panel factory in US

    TAIPEI -- Sharp President and CEO Tai Jeng-wu on Saturday said his company is planning to build a factory in the U.S. that will make small displays."These panels will not only be used on smartphones," Tai told a small group of reporters at a Foxconn

    May 27, 2017 09:41 pm JST
  • A Thai, a Mexican, a Greek and 2 Japanese want you to walk into a bar, then rate it

    TOKYO - Five techies at Google's Japanese unit are leading the Internet search giant's efforts to improve Maps.Many of the new features for the multilingual app, which is used all over the world, are developed in Japan, where people demand informati

    May 27, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • G-7 leaders to condemn N. Korea, terrorism as summit wraps up

    TAORMINA, Italy (Kyodo) -- Group of Seven leaders are set to send a message of condemnation of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and of terrorism on Saturday, the second and final day of their summit in Italy.The leaders, four of

    May 27, 2017 02:55 pm JST
  • Giving a voice to America's 'ignored' Asian immigrants

    NEW YORK -- It seemed fitting that Min Jin Lee, the South Korea born, Ivy League educated author of the recently published novel "Pachinko," would choose the curious tastes of Cuban-Chinese food for a chat over lunch in Manhattan. She knew exactly w

    May 27, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Making Japan a little more 'halal-friendly'

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Dining out with peace of mind has become a whole lot easier for Muslims in Japan.Developed by Tokyo-based company ROI, restaurant app Halal Navi has been downloaded more than 50,000 times since its launch in 2014. It also boasts some

    May 27, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Japan e-book distributor Media Do to build 'AI translator'

    TOKYO -- Japanese electronic book distributor Media Do will develop an artificial intelligence-based automatic translation system to make its e-books available for English-speaking readers.The company hopes to reach a broader market and promote digi

    May 27, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Toyota looks to make waves with Lexus yacht

    TOKYO -- Toyota Motor showcased its upcoming Lexus brand yacht at an event here Friday, seeking to attract consumers who might buy both a fancy boat and a high-end car.Automobile designers in the Japanese company's Lexus division had a hand in craft

    May 27, 2017 07:12 am JST
  • Trim from overhaul, Sharp ready to start growing again

    OSAKA -- Sharp has emerged lean from a bout of intense cost-cutting under parent Hon Hai Precision Industry, booking a long-awaited pretax profit in the year ended March, though scant manpower could make taking the next step toward growth a risky pr

    May 27, 2017 06:54 am JST
  • G-7 remains divided over protectionism, climate change

    TAORMINA, Italy -- Although Group of Seven leaders agreed Friday on the importance of free and fair trade, they struggled to reach common ground with regard to protectionism, a Japanese official said.At last year's G-7 summit in Japan, leaders issue

    May 27, 2017 06:47 am JST
  • Japan capex growth rebounds to post-crisis high

    TOKYO -- In their scramble to cope with the country's deepening labor shortage, Japanese corporations will boost total capital expenditures by 13.6% in the current fiscal year, the first double-digit gain in four years.Corporate Japan cut capex by 3

    May 27, 2017 06:33 am JST
  • Materials, electronics industries lead Japan's capex spending spree

    TOKYO -- Japan's materials and electronics industries, emboldened by a brighter business landscape, are leading the sharp increase in corporate capital expenditures this fiscal year.Materials manufacturers plan to increase capex 16.8% for the curren

    May 27, 2017 06:33 am JST
  • Threat of scandal testimony could tie up Japan's legislature

    TOKYO -- Japanese lawmakers are clashing over whether to have a former education ministry official testify about documents allegedly tying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a new school scandal, a conflict that could throw off the legislature's schedule

    May 27, 2017 06:28 am JST
  • G-7 leaders agree to boost intel sharing in anti-terror fight

    TAORMINA, Italy -- With the world still reeling from Monday's suicide bombing in the U.K. city of Manchester, Group of Seven leaders vowed to join hands in the fight against terrorism by bolstering intelligence sharing and promoting better tracking

    May 27, 2017 06:06 am JST