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BITPoint in talks to add bitcoin payments to outlets across Japan

/ May 29, 2017

BITPoint in talks to add bitcoin payments to outlets across Japan

BITPoint Japan, the company behind Peach Aviation’s move to let travelers use bitcoin to pay for tickets, is planning to give hundreds of thousands of retail outlets the ability to accept the digital currency. “We’re holding discussions with a retail-related company,” Genki Oda, BITPoint’s ...

Automated factories can't solve Japan's productivity paradox

Apr 26, 2017

Automated factories can't solve Japan's productivity paradox

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has cut the number of workers on its turbocharger production lines west of Tokyo by more than 80 percent, as manufacturers from carmakers to electronics producers push further into automation. Such advances explain why Japan’s factory productivity growth ranked highest among ...

American tech icon Westinghouse bet on nuclear, and lost

/ | Mar 30, 2017

American tech icon Westinghouse bet on nuclear, and lost

Westinghouse Electric Co., once synonymous with America’s industrial might, wagered its future on nuclear power — and lost. Now a unit of Japanese technology giant Toshiba Corp., Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy-court protection, citing as much as $10 billion in debt. The move marks the ...

A ski resort success, Niseko defies rural Japan's demographic decline

Aug 28, 2016

A ski resort success, Niseko defies rural Japan's demographic decline

Japan’s shrinking population has weighed on the world’s third-biggest economy, alarmed government forecasters and turned some rural communities into veritable ghost towns. Not so in Niseko, a ski resort community in Hokkaido that is prospering in the face of all the demographic gloom. The ...