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Sony starts taking advance orders for new version of Aibo robot dog

Business / Tech Jul 19, 2018

Sony starts taking advance orders for new version of Aibo robot dog

Sony Corp. started accepting advance orders Thursday in Japan for its new artificial intelligence-equipped Aibo robot dog, making it possible for every would-be buyer to own the electric pet amid greater-than-expected demand. In January when Sony released an upgraded version of AIBO — its predecessor ...

World's oldest bread found in Jordan

World / Science & Health Jul 19, 2018

World's oldest bread found in Jordan

The charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a surprise: People began making bread millenniums before they developed agriculture. No matter how you slice it, the discovery shows that hunter-gatherers in the ...

TPP countries to start accession talks for new members in 2019

Business Jul 19, 2018

TPP countries to start accession talks for new members in 2019

Chief negotiators from the 11 signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed on Thursday to start accession talks with potential newcomers in 2019, when the free trade pact takes effect. During a two-day meeting from Wednesday in the hot-spring resort of Hakone near Tokyo, the negotiators ...

In fining Google, EU is fighting the past

Business / Tech | ANALYSIS Jul 19, 2018

In fining Google, EU is fighting the past

by Shira Ovide

The greatest hope of European regulators cracking down on Google's business practices is that the rest of the world becomes a little more like China and its flourishing technology industry. It is hard to imagine the European bureaucrats' dreams will come true. In China, government ...

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law

World Jul 19, 2018

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law

Israel passed a law Thursday to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid. The "nation-state" law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and ...

Editorials Jul 19, 2018

The lessons of Trump's European trip

Tokyo must recognize the reality of Trump's approach to foreign policy and insulate the bilateral relationship and Japan's security from the vicissitudes he can create.

Cultural events highlight the summer season

General | NEWS AND NOTES Jul 19, 2018

Cultural events highlight the summer season

Grand Fiesta The Grand Fiesta, an event commemorating the 120th anniversary of Japan and Argentina's diplomatic relations, will be held on July 30 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Meiji Kinenkan in Tokyo's Minato Ward. It will be a night filled with tango dancing ...

Mitakeumi dealt first loss

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 19, 2018

Mitakeumi dealt first loss

Sekiwake Mitakeumi suffered his first defeat at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, losing to ozeki Takayasu. In the final bout of Day 12, Takayasu went for a shoulder blast from the jump but conceded a belt hold to the tournament leader, who turned ...

NPB getting on board with boom in esports

More Sports Jul 19, 2018

NPB getting on board with boom in esports

by Jason Coskrey

Nippon Professional Baseball is ready to take a swing at esports. This fall, the league will join forces with Konami to launch the Pawapuro Pro League, an esports league that will bring together pro baseball and pro gamers. Players in the league will compete using ...

Geraint Thomas takes tough mountain stage

More Sports Jul 19, 2018

Geraint Thomas takes tough mountain stage

Geraint Thomas is in the perfect position to win a maiden grand tour title after claiming victory on Wednesday's first mountain stage of the Tour de France, but the Briton says compatriot Chris Froome remains the Team Sky leader. Thomas, who won the week-long Criterium ...