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  • Making AI a force for good requires rules, transparency

    SINGAPORE -- Maximizing the potential of disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence will require the right regulations and transparency on data usage, experts suggested at a forum in Singapore on Saturday.In a session of the Singapore Summ

    September 16, 2017 07:44 pm JST
  • Range anxiety? Solar electric cars put relief on horizon

    TOKYO -- Gasoline cars look destined for the scrapheap of history. China aims to abolish them and their diesel counterparts, following in the tracks of France and the U.K., which have already made plans to ban them by 2040.Everything is falling into

    September 16, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • North Korea says goal is 'equilibrium' with US after testing Hwasong-12 missile: KCNA

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea's goal is reaching "equilibrium" of military force with the United States, its state agency said on Saturday, a day after its leader Kim Jong Un ordered the test of a medium-to-long range Hwasong-12 missile that flew o

    September 16, 2017 07:06 am JST
  • Moon, lacking options, reluctantly gets tougher on Pyongyang

    SEOUL -- As Pyongyang continues to make progress in its nuclear and missile programs, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is being forced to abandon his initial conciliatory stance on the rogue state in favor of a tougher approach in partnership with

    September 16, 2017 06:38 am JST
  • Wall Street hits record highs, S&P 500 pierces 2,500

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Wall Street reached record highs on Friday, with the S&P 500 surpassing 2,500 points as telecommunications shares rose and technology bounced back after two days of declines.The S&P 500 information technology sector rose 0.30 p

    September 16, 2017 05:49 am JST
  • Japan's SoftBank negotiating major investment in Uber

    TOKYO -- SoftBank Group is hashing out details of a deal that could see the aggressive tech-space investor pay nearly 1 trillion yen ($9 billion) for a large stake in Uber Technologies.According to various news reports, the parent company of a major

    September 16, 2017 04:30 am JST
  • Trump-Kim face-off: a dangerous game of chicken

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- North Korea's missile launch Friday represents the latest salvo in an escalating standoff with the U.S., with the impulsive leaders on both sides keeping the endgame far from clear.Though the rocket flew over Japan, its message w

    September 16, 2017 04:27 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Materials to roll out automotive aluminum in the US

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Materials is exploring a partnership in aluminum production for cars in the U.S., the company announced Friday, as automakers demand lighter materials to make vehicles that meet stricter emission standards. The Japanese group is

    September 16, 2017 03:38 am JST
  • Samsung's answer to iPhone X: foldable smartphone

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics hopes to quickly overcome technological challenges and unveil a foldable smartphone next year, determined to guard its increasingly tenuous market perch against threats from Apple and other up-and-coming tech players. Th

    September 16, 2017 03:03 am JST
  • Nomura to open $100m purse for US startups via new office

    TOKYO -- Nomura Holdings will invest $100 million in an initiative to support financial technology and other ventures in the U.S. under plans announced Friday.Through an innovation office to be set up in San Francisco, the Japanese company will seek

    September 16, 2017 02:02 am JST
  • Apple, Dell join leading team vying for Toshiba Memory

    TOKYO -- The favored bidding group for Toshiba's flash memory unit has gained a host of American technology companies, including Apple and Dell, consortium leader Bain Capital said Friday.Digital storage company Seagate Technology and memory maker K

    September 16, 2017 12:55 am JST
  • J. Berkshire Miller

    Options for managing the North Korean threat

    On Friday, North Korea launched what appears to be its Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The early morning launch prompted Japan's J-Alert system to activate and warn citizens in th

    September 15, 2017 11:18 pm JST
  • Bitcoin hit by one-two punch from China and Dimon

    TOKYO -- A double whammy has stalled the rise of bitcoin, the most widely traded cryptocurrency. One hit came from the Chinese government, the other came from Jamie Dimon, CEO of U.S. investment bank JPMorgan Chase. Bitcoin is now trading below $3,0

    September 15, 2017 08:55 pm JST
  • Why Nestle wanted high-end, hipster Blue Bottle Coffee

    GENEVA -- Swiss food giant Nestle on Thursday announced it had acquired a majority stake in Blue Bottle Coffee, a U.S. high-end coffee producer and cafe chain, for an undisclosed amount. It was the latest in a series of bolt-on acquisitions by Nestl

    September 15, 2017 06:11 pm JST
  • Hokkaido residents wake to sirens after Pyongyang's latest missile test

    TOKYO -- North Korea on Friday seemed to belittle the international community by sending a ballistic missile over Japan -- the second flyover in a little more than two weeks.Only days earlier, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution slapping n

    September 15, 2017 05:46 pm JST
  • US needs to shift North Korea policy to deterrence: expert

    SINGAPORE -- The latest sanctions on North Korea agreed at the United Nations Security Council are important, but not sufficient to stop Kim Jong Un's ambition to make his country a nuclear-armed state, a prominent political expert said in an interv

    September 15, 2017 04:46 pm JST
  • China, Russia must take direct action against North Korea: Tillerson

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday urged China and Russia to take direct action against North Korea in response to its latest missile launch. "China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless

    September 15, 2017 10:12 am JST
  • UN Security Council to meet on North Korea missile test on Friday

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations Security Council will meet at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) on Friday on the latest North Korea missile test, diplomats said, at the request of the United States and Japan.North Korea fired a missile that flew

    September 15, 2017 09:19 am JST
  • Trump says he will visit Japan, South Korea, China in November

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he will visit Japan, China and South Korea in November in a tour that may also include Vietnam and the Philippines for regional summits.Speaking to journalists on his way back to Washin

    September 15, 2017 09:01 am JST
  • North Korea fires another missile over Japan, drawing strong condemnation

    TOKYO -- North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the Japanese archipelago on Friday, the second such launch within a month, prompting strong condemnation from Tokyo. This is an action "that cannot be tolerated," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had

    September 15, 2017 07:14 am JST