Sep 21, 2016

M6.0 temblor hits near Izu island chain but spurs no tsunami alert

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck in the sparsely populated Izu Islands region south-southeast of Honshu. USGS reported that the earthquake hit around 1:21 a.m. local time Wednesday with its epicenter located about 382 miles (617 km) south-southeast of ...

Sep 16, 2016

Mizuho, SoftBank partner on AI-based consumer lending venture

Mizuho Bank and SoftBank Group Corp. have agreed to set up a 50-50 joint company to provide unsecured consumer loans via artificial intelligence technology. Using customers’ business histories at both firms for the credit-screening process, the venture will provide an innovative, attractive, low-cost loan ...

Sep 15, 2016

Shinoyama sparks Japan past Qatar at FIBA Asia Challenge

Point guard Ryusei Shinoyama scored 16 points to lead Japan to its third win of the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran on Wednesday, beating Qatar 79-65 and in the process setting up a quarterfinal clash with Jordan. Shinoyama, 28, had his second standout performance ...

Sep 13, 2016

Furukawa lifts Japan past Iraq with late jumper

A clutch Takatoshi Furukawa corner jumper with just four seconds remaining capped off a big comeback and lifted Japan to a 67-65 win over Iraq in their second-round opener at the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran on Monday. Furukawa’s game winner, which was assisted ...