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Racial and ethnic hate speech thrives in online games

Business / Tech May 14, 2017

Racial and ethnic hate speech thrives in online games

Spend enough time hunting terrorists or wandering dystopian wastelands in online games and you are bound to come across players hurling xenophobic and racist taunts at each other, from Islamophobes in Europe to South Koreans and Japanese bickering over disputed islands. Take the survival shooter ...

Today's modern home helpers

Digital | ON: TECH May 14, 2017

Today's modern home helpers

by Chiho Komoriya

Robotic window wiping For anyone who despises housework, robot home helpers are a blessing. Everyone knows iRobot's Roomba vacuum cleaner, perhaps you've even heard of the same company's Braava floor mop. But what about a robot window cleaner? Robotically cleaning vertical surfaces doesn't sound viable, but ...

Liberating young minds with technology

Issues | LEARNING CURVE May 14, 2017

Liberating young minds with technology

by Michael Penn

Education in Japan, within the nexus of business, science and internationalization, is currently developing progressive initiatives. One such trend is to move university teaching out of brick-and-mortar classrooms and into the online sphere. This could be, in its more modest form, simply supplementary resources for ...

Kisenosato suffers upset on Summer Basho opening day

Sumo / Basho Reports May 14, 2017

Kisenosato suffers upset on Summer Basho opening day

Yokozuna Kisenosato's bid for a third consecutive championship title took an early blow with a shock defeat to komusubi Yoshikaze on Sunday, the opening day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu also suffered an upset, but the other two yokozuna — Hakuho and Harumafuji ...

Tigers down BayStars with late rally

Baseball / Japanese Baseball May 14, 2017

Tigers down BayStars with late rally

Kosuke Fukudome and Kento Itohara got to Yokohama closer Spencer Patton to help lift the Central-League leading Hanshin Tigers 10 games above .500 after a 4-2 win over the BayStars on Sunday. Patton (2-2) had a 1-2-3 inning in each of his last four outings ...

Muranaka's title shot ends in defeat to Yafai

More Sports / Boxing May 14, 2017

Muranaka's title shot ends in defeat to Yafai

Suguru Muranaka's bid for a first world title ended in resounding defeat Saturday, with the Japanese fighter losing by unanimous decision to champion Khalid Yafai in a WBA super flyweight title bout. The 31-year-old Muranaka made Yafai work in the Brit's first defense of the ...