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Does Toyota dream of robotic housekeepers?

Business / Tech Dec 27, 2018

Does Toyota dream of robotic housekeepers?

by Kevin Buckland

Toyota Motor Corp. has sold enough cars to put one outside every Japanese home. Now it wants to put robots inside those homes. Well-known for its automated assembly lines, Toyota envisions a not-so-far-off future in which robots transcend the factory and become commonplace in homes ...

Will Japan's decision to quit the IWC pay off?

National | FOCUS Dec 27, 2018

Will Japan's decision to quit the IWC pay off?

In its decision to quit the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling, announced Wednesday, Japan prioritized the protection of the practice as part of the nation's traditional culture over the potential backlash it could face from the global community. Behind the government's decision were ...

2019: Reasons to be bullish or bearish

Commentary / Japan Dec 27, 2018

2019: Reasons to be bullish or bearish

by Heizo Takenaka

It was in September 2008 that the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered an economic shock leading to a global recession. Since then, most countries have gradually recovered, and in recent years what came to be called a Great Moderation permeated the world's economies. That market ...

Yusei Kikuchi prepared himself for move to majors

Baseball / MLB Dec 27, 2018

Yusei Kikuchi prepared himself for move to majors

by Jim Allen

Yusei Kikuchi's impending move to the major leagues this winter has been planned out long in advance, according to sources close to the left-handed pitcher. From the instant the Seibu Lions announced they would be willing to post their No. 1 pitcher this offseason, Kikuchi ...

Shohei Ohtani made big splash in debut season in majors

Baseball / MLB Dec 27, 2018

Shohei Ohtani made big splash in debut season in majors

Shohei Ohtani's historic big league debut wasn't the only story coming out of the majors this year, but it often seemed like it. The ups and downs of the hard-hitting, hard-throwing American League Rookie of the Year captured imaginations on both sides of the Pacific, ...