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There's more to this South Korean politician's airport swagger than you might think.

There's making an entrance and then there's making an entrance, and South Korean politician Kim Moo-sung certainly did the latter when he returned to Seoul after a trip to Japan. SEE ALSO: South Korea's elections proved gamers' influence is legit Walking through the automatic sliding doors with a swagger and smoothness ...

- Mashable! - US

Panasonic Toughbook At 20: Can 'Japanese' Quality And Service' Maintain Ruggedised PC Lead?.

Panasonic is making a big deal of the Toughbook anniversary. But as business becomes more important to PC makers, can it maintain its niche?

- TechWeekEurope - UK

Govt.'s strategy saved SL during economic crisis.

Though powerful countries like the US, China, India and Japan were affected by global economic crisis in 2016, Sri Lanka was able to remain unaffected because of the Yahapalanaya Government’s economic strategies, UNP General Secretary and Minister Kabir Hashim said today.

- Dailymirror.lk - LK

North Korea's passed a dangerous nuclear threshold ‚Äď did anybody notice?.

Not unlike the boy who cried wolf, North Korea’s repeated claims that it has “perfected” its missile technology tend to be dismissed internationally as yet another round of bluster. Part of the process of acquiring a nuclear deterrent – even before it is perfected – is to exaggerate its threat. ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Contamination turns Tokyo's new fish market into 'white elephant'.

Dangerous levels of chemicals in the soil and ground water mean that the market cannot open, leaving traders out of pocket and Tokyo's governor with an intractable problem. Julian Ryall reports from the Japanese capital.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

WDC flashes the cash in in Tosh Memory biz bid: 2 treeellion yen.

Partners with state-backed Japanese funds +Comment WDC is partnering with a state-backed Japanese fund and bidding ¥2 trillion to buy Toshiba's Memory Business.…

- TheRegister - UK

Protection measures urged for 'soft targets' at Tokyo Olympics.

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approach, the Japanese government is working to protect sports venues, shopping districts and other "soft targets" that are frequented by the public in large numbers.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Chinese finally return to Nor-Shipping… sort of.

More Chinese exhibitors in Oslo this year, but Japan and South Korea seem to have stronger line-ups

- LloydsList - UK

SoftBank's stake in Nvidia has been revealed .

Japan's SoftBank has been revealed as the fourth largest shareholder in Nvidia with a stake estimated to be worth $4bn. The interest in the chipmaker was first declared earlier this week after SoftBank announced it had finalised its Vision Fund with billions of cash to splash on technology. Some of its existing ...

- City AM - UK

Ambitious Shigeru Ishiba the man to watch as campaign to topple Shinzo Abe begins.

Unemployment is at record lows and Japan’s economy grew by a respectable 2.2 per cent in the first quarter of the year, the fifth consecutive quarter of growth, making it the longest positive streak in 11 years. Private consumption and corporate spending are both up, the public has a royal wedding to look forward to ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Ex-mayor gets jail term for car crash that killed 3.

A former mayor of the city of Mima in Tokushima Prefecture was sentenced Wednesday to four and a half years in prison for a car crash that killed three people a year ago. The Tokushima District Court handed down the sentence to Hisashi Makita, 75, who was the mayor at the time of the fatal The post Ex-mayor gets jail term ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Over a dozen people are hospitalized after inhaling noxious gas at Yokohama food factory

Sixteen people were taken to hospital after inhaling gas and falling ill at a food-processing factory in Yokohama on Wednesday, officials with the city's fire department said. The incident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. at the factory operated by Foods System in the city's Isogo Ward when workers were mixing chemicals in ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Moody's cuts China's rating on debt fears

Moody's on Wednesday slashed China's credit rating for the first time in almost three decades citing concerns about the country's rising debt and slowing growth, but Beijing rejected the downgrade as “inappropriate.” The move comes as China tries to clean up a toxic brew of unregulated and risky lending that for ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Western Digital offers ¥2 trillion for Toshiba's chip unit

Western Digital Chief Executive Officer Steve Milligan and Toshiba President Satoshi Tsunakawa held talks Wednesday over a potential acquisition. Toshiba is believed to have expressed reluctance to accept the plan. The post Western Digital offers ¥2 trillion for Toshiba's chip unit appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Taiwan's top court recognizes same-sex marriage, a first in Asia

In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies. In its majority opinion, the court said a provision in the current civil code barring same-sex marriages ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Osera pitches Carp past Swallows

Daichi Osera threw six shutout innings to lead the Hiroshima Carp to a 6-1 victory over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Wednesday. Before 30,469 at rainy Mazda Stadium, Osera allowed three hits and a walk, while striking out six against a Swallows lineup that lost slugger Wladimir Balentien in the first inning. Balentien ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Cerezo edge Kobe in league-cup Kansai derby

Cerezo Osaka defeated Vissel Kobe 1-0 behind Kota Fujimoto's first-half strike to rise to the top of Group B in the Levain Cup on Wednesday. Kobe, with a game in hand, are in second on 12 points, two points behind Cerezo in the league cup group phase which has one more round of games next The post Cerezo edge Kobe in ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Disgraced Japanese men's volleyball coach set for return to national team

Japan men's coach Yuichi Nakagaichi, who caused a serious traffic accident last year, will rejoin the national team as of June 8, the Japan Volleyball Association announced Wednesday. The 49-year-old Nakagaichi was ordered by the Osaka Summary Court on Monday to pay a ¥700,000 settlement. In November on the Chugoku ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Lives of 24 million children threatened by conflict: UNICEF

Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa threaten the lives of over 24 million children, most of them in Yemen, Iraq and Syria, the United Nation's children agency said in a report Wednesday. From cholera in Yemen to attacks on hospitals in Syria and the tens of thousands of children trapped in The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan falls against Uruguay at U-20 World Cup

Japan's second-round hopes at the Under-20 World Cup will rest on their final Group D game against Italy after Atsushi Uchiyama's side lost 2-0 to Uruguay on Wednesday. Nicolas Schiappacasse and Mathias Olivera scored on either side of the break for Uruguay, who booked a spot in the knockout phase with its second win in The ...

- The Japan Times - JP

China says no one should bring chaos to Korean peninsula

China said on Wednesday no one had the right to bring chaos to the Korean peninsula, a day after it pushed for full implementation of U.N. sanctions against neighboring North Korea for its missile and nuclear tests and called for dialogue. The United States has been trying to persuade China, North Korea's lone major ally, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

India, Japan joint venture to set up USD 250 million LNG import terminal in Sri Lanka

May 24, Colombo: India and Japan in a joint venture plan to set up a USD 250 million LNG import terminal in Sri Lanka.

- ColomboPage.com - LK

Ignored for centuries, matcha makes a comeback

WITH its fresh, newly picked taste, matcha at this time of year is the perfect refreshing drink, and also an ingredient in desserts, cookies and ice cream. Matcha is made from the leaves of tea bushes that grow in shade, with only the finest buds hand-picked. The ingredient originated in China during the Sui Dynasty and was ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Duterte says trip to Japan will be his last

Japan may be the last foreign destination that President Rodrigo Duterte will visit as Chief Executive.

- GMA News - PH

Western Making $18B Bid for Toshiba Unit? 'Compelling,' Says RBC

The Japan Times says Western Digital may resolve a stand-off with Toshiba by buying the other half of their joint venture in flash memory chips, a deal that should be good for both of them, argues RBC's Amit Daryanani.

- Barrons - US

BEN BERNANKE: Here are some tweaks to my earlier work on Japanese monetary policy

REUTERS/Jim YoungOver the years, I've done a lot thinking and writing about challenges faced by Japanese monetary policymakers in their attempts to combat deflation. In some of my earlier pieces I argued that, if the Bank of Japan showed more resolve, it could readily overcome these problems. But, in recent years, the Bank ...

- Business Insider - US

'Inside the NBA' segment goes off the rails when Shaq and Charles Barkley threaten to punch and throw chicken wings at each other while trading barbs

NBA on TNT/Twitter TNT's "Inside the NBA" postgame coverage went off the rails on Tuesday following the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 4 over the Boston Celtics as Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley traded barbs. That in itself is not all that rare, but this particular segment got particularly sidetracked when O'Neal claimed ...

- Business Insider - US

FT owner Nikkei partners with five other Japanese companies, including TBS, to launch a Netflix-style video streaming service, Premium Platform Japan

Japan Times: FT owner Nikkei partners with five other Japanese companies, including TBS, to launch a Netflix-style video streaming service, Premium Platform Japan¬† —¬† Six major media firms, including Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, said they will jointly establish a new company in July to offer paid online video ...

- Mediagazer - US

How America and Japan are Pushing Back Against China in the South China Sea

Kris Osborn Security, Asia In recent years, the Pentagon has sharply criticized Chinese moves to place weapons on dispute island areas of the South China Sea, a move which further complicated U.S.-China tensions in the highly-disputed region. US & Japan show force together in South China Sea to Counter China; Pentagon ...

- The National Interest - US

Pitt unleashes 'War Machine' in Japan

Brad Pitt attended a fan-packed ceremony in Japan to launch his latest movie, 'War Machine' on Netflix.         


Why South Korea has the highest concentration of robots in the world

Humanoid robots are more than just sci-fi novelties in South Korea, which holds the top spot for the world's highest robot density - beating out China, Japan, Germany and the United States. Robot density refers to the ratio of industrial robots to employees. To maintain its lead, the South Korean government has

- VICE News - US

Asia opts for a replay of cold war nuclear deterrence

Taiwan, Japan and South Korea have the capability to develop its own such weaponry quickly

- Financial Times - US

Wild crows seem to obey 'do not enter' signs

Crows can't read, but the signs have still apparently curbed their habit of stealing insulation material from a university building in Japan.

- MNN - US

Five surprising ways holograms are revolutionising the world

Holograms could be used to create complex 3D brain models. ShutterstockWe seem to be fascinated by holograms or at least the promise of what they can do. Think the famous Princess Leia projection in Star Wars; holographic fashion shows in New York, Hamburg and Beijing; the massive success of synthetic pop star Hatsune Miku ...

- The Conversation - UK

On 'Kiseki,' rappers bring out the true grit in resurgent DJ Krush

On "Es.U.Es Corporation," DJ Krush's collaborators bring an undeniable energy to the proceedings, and the veteran turntablist responds with some of his grittiest productions since the 1990s. The post On 'Kiseki,' rappers bring out the true grit in resurgent DJ Krush appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Toshiba may seek buyers for Westinghouse starting this fall

Toshiba could begin the process to sell a majority stake in Westinghouse Electric this fall as the U.S. company makes its way through a bankruptcy proceeding, according to Mark Marano, Westinghouse's chief operating officer. Tokyo-based Toshiba has “signaled pretty clearly to the market” that it wants to divest ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Tokyo stocks rebound on weaker yen

Stocks turned higher on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, helped by the yen's fall against the dollar. The 225-issue Nikkei average gained 129.70 points, or 0.66 percent, to finish at 19,742.98. On Tuesday, the key market gauge shed 65 points. The Topix index of all first-section issues closed up 9.89 points, or 0.63 ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Nationwide department store sales jump 0.7% in April

April sales at department stores nationwide rose 0.7 percent from a year earlier on a same-store basis, up for the first time in 14 months, an industry group has announced. Overall sales at 229 outlets operated by 80 companies totaled ¥452.7 billion. The growth mainly reflected brisk demand for cosmetics and other products ...

- The Japan Times - JP

SoftBank said to take $4 billion stake in U.S. chip-maker Nvidia

SoftBank Group has quietly amassed a $4 billion stake in Nvidia, making it the fourth-largest shareholder in the graphics chip-maker, according to people familiar with the situation. SoftBank, which just closed its Vision Fund, disclosed it owned an unspecified amount of Nvidia stock when it announced $93 billion of ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Former Fed chief Bernanke endorses BOJ's inflation goal

Former head of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke, endorsed the Bank of Japan's extraordinary easing measures to break free of persistent deflation and underlined the importance of coordinating monetary policy with fiscal stimulus. “Despite improvement in the Japanese economy, I think there's still a strong ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan women's basketball team satisfied with experience in U.S.

The provisional Japan women's national basketball team made a two-week trip to the United States from April 30 to play some practice games against WNBA squads, and the players and coaches believe it was an important experience. During the team's stay in the U.S., the “Akatsuki Five” traveled to Dallas, San ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Latest leaders Gamba trying to hold position

Top spot in the J. League has changed hands with every weekend so far this May, but Gamba Osaka will be hoping to make their lead stick after taking over in first place last Saturday. Gamba beat Sagan Tosu 3-0 to move top of the table for the first time since winning the title in The post Latest leaders Gamba trying to hold ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Shoko Chukin Bank raided over shady loans

Government officials Wednesday raided the offices of Shoko Chukin Bank, a state-linked lender for small and medium-sized firms, over improper loans issued under a state-backed program to help crisis-hit companies. The Financial Services Agency, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Finance Ministry plan to ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Dodgers outlast Cardinals in 13th

Logan Forsythe batted in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup for the first time in a month and promptly struck out in his first four at-bats. After getting a few extra innings to find his stroke, the infielder put a celebratory cap on his return. Forsythe doubled in a run in the 13th inning to lift The post Dodgers outlast ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japanese woman on PKO mission in Africa died of malaria last June, U.N. announces

A Japanese civilian official on a U.N. peacekeeping operation mission in the Central African Republic died last June after contracting malaria, United Nations officials said Tuesday. Miho Hirose is the first Japanese woman to die while on peacekeeping duty, according to the United Nations, which was to hold a memorial ...

- The Japan Times - JP

A sign of hard times for the mob as yakuza caught stealing food

Life as a yakuza mobster is getting so hard that some are resorting to shoplifting food. Two members of an organized crime gang were arrested for allegedly trying to steal grocery items worth ¬•76,120 at a mall in Nagoya, police said on Wednesday. “They are members of an affiliated gang group of the Kobe The post A ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japanese residents of Manchester shaken by terrorist attack

Japanese residents in Manchester, England, expressed shock that the deadly terrorist attack at a concert hall took place in a city known for welcoming different cultures. Aya Homei, a lecturer of Japanese studies at the University of Manchester, told The Japan Times on Wednesday that she was working at home in the city's ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Trump slams North Korean leader as 'madman with nuclear weapons' in call with Philippines' Duterte

U.S. President Donald Trump labeled North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a “madman with nuclear weapons” , just days before he said he would be “honored” to meet him , during a telephone call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a report said Wednesday. The report, by The Intercept website and ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Former defense chief courts controversy by questioning Abe plan to revise Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should clarify the rationale behind his latest proposal to revise the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution because it contradicts a revised draft officially adopted by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, LDP heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba said in a recent interview with The Japan Times. ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Can Fukuoka live up to the tech startup hype?

Three foreign members of the Fukuoka tech entrepreneur community discuss whether the city's efforts to style itself as an international startup hub are paying off. The post Can Fukuoka live up to the tech startup hype? appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP