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Sep 4, 2015

Intel to invest $50 million in quantum computing research

U.S. chip colossus Intel on Thursday said it will put $50 million and engineering resources into an alliance on quantum computing that could radically advance complex problem-solving. Intel Corporation plans a 10-year collaboration with Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and TNO, the ...

Sep 4, 2015

Sales of foreign cars in Japan rise 7.8% in August

Sales of imported foreign-brand vehicles increased 7.8 percent in August from a year before to 19,692 units, growing for the fifth straight month, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said Friday. The figure accounted for 9.3 percent of overall new vehicle sales in the country, ...

Sep 4, 2015

Auto unions consider seeking pay-scale hike for third year running

The Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions, or JAW, is considering requesting a pay-scale hike for the shunto spring wage negotiations for the third straight year in 2016, JAW President Yasunobu Aihara said Thursday. The umbrella body of labor unions at Japanese automakers requested ...

Sep 4, 2015

BOJ readies for liquidity squeeze with T-bill yields below zero

The Bank of Japan is becoming increasingly concerned its massive government bond purchases are drying up market liquidity, six months after investors warned that conditions were deteriorating. The BOJ this week expanded its liquidity-providing facility to include treasury bills, whose yields below zero across ...

Japan tourism website touts regional food treats, activities

Sep 4, 2015

Japan tourism website touts regional food treats, activities

A new tourism website allows people to share tips and information about the nation’s regional cuisine, goods and activities. It aims to attract foreign customers and thereby help local economies tap into the nation’s current tourism boom. Nippon Quest showcases hundreds of regional specialties, ...

Sep 3, 2015

Wikipedia blocks accounts linked to paid edits

Wikipedia on Wednesday said it has blocked more than 300 accounts being used by people being paid to create or tweak entries at the communally sourced online encyclopedia. Weeks of investigation revealed 381 accounts being used at the English version of Wikipedia for “black ...

Sep 3, 2015

Bidders Japan, China await decision on Jakarta high-speed rail line

Indonesian ministers assigned to evaluate feasibility studies of bids by Japan and China to build the nation’s first high-speed rail line on Wednesday prepared to submit recommendations to President Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s top economic minister said. “We have already had the recommendations and we ...