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SoftBank-led trio develop robot that can transform into car

Business / Tech Apr 26, 2018

SoftBank-led trio develop robot that can transform into car

A SoftBank Group Corp. subsidiary and two other firms have developed a prototype of a two-seat humanoid robot that can transform into a car for use in amusement parks, the companies said Thursday. Invoking the heroes from the "Transformers" movies, the experimental J-deite Ride can ...

Cambridge Analytica's promotion of discontent tied to Steve Bannon

World / Politics Apr 26, 2018

Cambridge Analytica's promotion of discontent tied to Steve Bannon

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told House Democrats that Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former adviser, was behind much of the company's early focus on promoting public discontent to influence U.S. elections. "Cambridge Analytica was set up to be essentially a full-service propaganda machine," Wylie ...

Enjoy stylish Mother's Day celebration packages

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Apr 26, 2018

Enjoy stylish Mother's Day celebration packages

The InterContinental Tokyo Bay Hotel is offering a Mother's Day promotion until May 31. Every restaurant and bar will have celebratory drinks and desserts decorated with customized messages available for families. Packages that include flower bouquets, cakes, lunch and dinner plans are also available, and ...

Major brands, entertainers to attend Ad Week

General | NEWS AND NOTES Apr 26, 2018

Major brands, entertainers to attend Ad Week

Advertising Week Asia 2018 will be held at Tokyo Midtown, in the Roppongi district of Tokyo's Minato Ward, from May 14 to 17. The event will feature prominent speakers, including global business leaders and celebrities, as well as performances by world-renowned artists. Speakers include Dentsu ...

'Washi Wonderment' at InterContinental Osaka

General | NEWS AND NOTES Apr 26, 2018

'Washi Wonderment' at InterContinental Osaka

An illuminated gate made from washi Japanese paper featuring stripes of the seven colors of the rainbow welcomes guests in the lobby of InterContinental Osaka, located inside the stylish Grand Front Osaka building just outside Osaka Station. The hotel, celebrating its fifth anniversary since opening ...

Back to square one in war on dancing

Music Apr 26, 2018

Back to square one in war on dancing

by James Hadfield

It has been nearly two years since Japan revised an archaic law banning late-night dancing, but don't expect any celebrations to mark the occasion. Over the past few months, the Metropolitan Police Department has quietly renewed its campaign against unauthorized boogying, because Lord knows ...

Reds fall 1-0 to Reysol in Oliveira's debut

Soccer / J. League Apr 26, 2018

Reds fall 1-0 to Reysol in Oliveira's debut

Kashiwa Reysol beat Urawa Reds 1-0 in the J. League on Wednesday night, denying the visitors a victory in their first match under new head coach Oswaldo Oliveira. Hiroto Nakagawa struck the winner for the home side in the 72nd minute, with his goal exposing ...