Line's AI program captures hearts with lifelike personality

Aug 6, 2015

Line's AI program captures hearts with lifelike personality

An artificial intelligence program posing as a sweet and innocent schoolgirl has captured the hearts of young men nationwide, with some smitten users even declaring their love for their new “girlfriend.” In an echo of the 2013 movie “Her,” in which a man falls ...

Artist Aida defiant over latest work

Jul 28, 2015

Artist Aida defiant over latest work

Controversial artist Makoto Aida is refusing to bow to demands that he alter a politically sensitive submission to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo after museum chiefs and Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials deemed it unsuitable for children. Aida, whose previous work includes pictures of ...

Okubo brace lifts Frontale past S-Pulse

Jul 25, 2015

Okubo brace lifts Frontale past S-Pulse

Yoshito Okubo scored twice as Kawasaki Frontale came through a wild, swinging encounter with Shimizu S-Pulse with a 3-2 win on Saturday night. World Cup striker Okubo got Frontale off to a flying start at Todoroki Stadium with a goal in the 11th minute, ...

Sanfrecce lay down marker with second-stage surge

| Jul 22, 2015

Sanfrecce lay down marker with second-stage surge

The J. League’s return to a two-stage system gives teams who started slowly another bite at the championship cherry, but Sanfrecce Hiroshima have bigger ambitions than just the second-stage title. Sanfrecce came from behind to end overall league leaders Urawa Reds’ unbeaten start to ...

Reds wrap up unbeaten first stage

Jun 27, 2015

Reds wrap up unbeaten first stage

J. League first-stage champions Urawa Reds beat Albirex Niigata 5-2 on Saturday night to complete the opening campaign with an unbeaten record. Urawa went into the match at Saitama Stadium having already wrapped up the first-stage silverware the previous weekend, but the 2006 champions ...

Zushi opens with eye on reviving summer buzz

Jun 26, 2015

Zushi opens with eye on reviving summer buzz

Zushi Beach in Kanagawa Prefecture opened for the summer on Friday as it battles to attract visitors following a clampdown on rowdy partygoers that saw numbers drop by more than half last year. Cloudy skies greeted participants in an opening ceremony featuring around 400 ...