Showroom offers taste of what living with a robot will be like

Jul 24, 2015

Showroom offers taste of what living with a robot will be like

What will it be like living with a humanoid robot that can read human emotions and exchange conversations with them? SoftBank Group Corp. began displaying its popular Pepper robots at a house-viewing event in Osaka on Friday to give visitors a taste of such ...

Jul 24, 2015

Long history of money-losers for Japan Inc.

Here we go again? Nikkei Inc.’s purchase of Pearson’s FT Group raises once more the question of whether Japanese companies pay too much for overseas acquisitions. Since the 1990s, Japanese acquirers have purchased a series of assets — from the Pebble Beach golf course ...

Mizuho introduces SoftBank's Pepper robot to Tokyo bank branch

Jul 17, 2015

Mizuho introduces SoftBank's Pepper robot to Tokyo bank branch

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. introduced SoftBank Group Corp.’s Pepper robot to its flagship branch in central Tokyo on Friday. The 121-cm-tall humanoid will entertain customers with games and multimedia and provide basic information on products. The bank plans to add its robot employee to ...

Jun 27, 2015

Toyota's drug problem, and Japan's

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Toyota has a drug problem. The company and CEO Akio Toyoda are dealing with the fallout from a bizarre case surrounding his newly promoted head of global public relations, Julie Hamp. It all started on June 18, when Hamp, an American who moved to ...

'Newcomer,' 56, wins Kishida

May 26, 2015

'Newcomer,' 56, wins Kishida

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Named after a prominent early 20th-century playwright, author and translator, and presented annually by the Hakusuisha publishing house since 1955, the Kishida Kunio Drama Award is indisputably Japan’s top honor for writers of plays premiered the year before. As the same person can only ...