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Startup bets it can end Japan's love affair with cash payments

Business / Tech Nov 1, 2018

Startup bets it can end Japan's love affair with cash payments

Across most of Asia, people pay for taxi rides, restaurant meals and merchandise with smartphone-readable barcodes — except in Japan, where cash is still king. Now, as the country's biggest web companies race to capture the payments market, one Tokyo-based startup says it has a ...

Tokyo police arrest 13 in Shibuya after Halloween mayhem

National Nov 1, 2018

Tokyo police arrest 13 in Shibuya after Halloween mayhem

Police arrested 13 people between Wednesday and Thursday in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward for alleged groping, assault and theft as a massive crowd of Halloween revelers swamped the district. The 13 arrested were men ranging from their teens to their 40s, the police said. Several hundred police ...

As high-rise farms go global, Japan's Spread leads the way

Business / Tech Nov 1, 2018

As high-rise farms go global, Japan's Spread leads the way

by Aya Takada

In the hills between Kyoto, Osaka and Nara prefectures, surrounded by technology companies and startups, Spread Co. is preparing to open the world's largest automated leaf-vegetable factory. It's the company's second vertical farm and could mark a turning point for vertical farming — keeping the ...

Moa Iwano visits U.S. to improve jumps

Figure Skating Nov 1, 2018

Moa Iwano visits U.S. to improve jumps

by Jack Gallagher

Rising junior skater Moa Iwano recently returned from a 10-day trip to the United States to work on improving her jumps, The Japan Times has learned. The 14-year-old from Kobe, who has been ticketed for stardom by analysts, spent 10 days in Colorado Springs, Colorado, ...

Derrick Rose scores career-high 50 points against Jazz

Basketball / NBA Nov 1, 2018

Derrick Rose scores career-high 50 points against Jazz

During the 2017-18 regular season, Derrick Rose didn't score 50 points in all of January. Or February. Or March. Or April. He was hurting, always in and out of the lineup, never in rhythm. Those problems, all his years of problems, seemed so long ago Wednesday night, when ...

Artur Dalaloyan takes gold  in all-around at worlds

More Sports / Gymnastics Nov 1, 2018

Artur Dalaloyan takes gold in all-around at worlds

Japan, without six-time world all-around champion and two-time reigning Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, came away without a men's individual all-around medal at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Wednesday for the first time since 1995. Japan's two finalists, 2017 bronze medalist Kenzo Shirai and Kazuma ...