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Empress Emerita Michiko to undergo breast cancer surgery on Sunday

National Sep 3, 2019

Empress Emerita Michiko to undergo breast cancer surgery on Sunday

Empress Emerita Michiko will undergo surgery for breast cancer on Sunday, the Imperial Household Agency announced Tuesday. The former empress has been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, with no clear signs of cancer metastasis, according to the agency. Empress Emerita Michiko will stay at the ...

Huawei denies Portuguese inventor's allegations of technology theft

Business / Corporate Sep 3, 2019

Huawei denies Portuguese inventor's allegations of technology theft

Beleaguered Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei on Tuesday denied accusations reported in the Wall Street Journal that it stole technology from a Portuguese inventor, accusing him of "taking advantage of the current geopolitical situation." The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into the claim, potentially adding ...

Confusion clouds China's social credit system

Asia Pacific Sep 3, 2019

Confusion clouds China's social credit system

by Poornima Weerasekara

From penalizing irresponsible dog owners to blacklisting dissenters, critics warn China's social credit system enables authorities to define "desirable and undesirable behavior" and could allow unprecedented control of citizen's lives. The fledgling initiative has sparked fears the authoritarian state is tightening its grip on an ...

'Sense of urgency' as top tech players seek AI ethical rules

Business / Tech Sep 3, 2019

'Sense of urgency' as top tech players seek AI ethical rules

Top players in global tech companies kicked off work Monday to draw up global ethical standards related to data and artificial intelligence, with Microsoft's president voicing a "sense of urgency. Some two dozen high-ranking representatives of the global and Swiss economies, as well as scientists ...

France's second-largest airline, Aigle Azur, goes into receivership

Business Sep 3, 2019

France's second-largest airline, Aigle Azur, goes into receivership

France's second-largest airline, Aigle Azur, went into receivership after filing for bankruptcy Monday, following years of losing millions of euros, France's civil aviation authority (DGAC) said. "The Aigle Azur airline was today placed in receivership," the authority said in a statement, citing "several months of ...

'Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Sep 3, 2019

'Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba'

by Yukari Tanaka

Sept. 10-Nov. 24 With a history of more than 800 years of making pottery, Tamba in Hyogo Prefecture is recognized as one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. One of the first to promote and extol the simplistic beauty of Tamba-ware was the art ...

'Kawabata Yasunari & Collection'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Sep 3, 2019

'Kawabata Yasunari & Collection'

by Yukari Tanaka

Sept. 14-Nov. 4 Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) is best-known as the first Japanese novelist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1968). He was also a philosopher and avid art collector who amassed an impressive range of important works. Kawabata's acquisitions ranged from Japanese masterpieces by Urakami ...

Turning Japanese: Sumo champ Hakuho gets citizenship

Sumo Sep 3, 2019

Turning Japanese: Sumo champ Hakuho gets citizenship

Yokozuna Hakuho, a record 42-time sumo grand champion, has acquired Japanese citizenship after relinquishing his Mongolian nationality, an official government publication showed Tuesday. Although Japanese nationality is not required to compete in sumo, citizenship is necessary if a wrestler wishes to progress to become a ...