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Flying taxis in Singapore to test cleaner, quieter sky ride

Asia Pacific Oct 8, 2019

Flying taxis in Singapore to test cleaner, quieter sky ride

A British company says it's building the world's first "vertiport" for electric aircraft in Singapore, an early step towards a global network for flying taxis. Essex-based Skyports Ltd. plans to show off the vertical takeoff and landing station at Marina Bay during the Intelligent Transport ...

Japan's household spending rises for ninth month but wages fall

Business / Economy Oct 8, 2019

Japan's household spending rises for ninth month but wages fall

Household spending rose for the ninth straight month in August, offering some relief for Japan's export-dependent economy amid weak global demand and the protracted U.S.-China trade war. But separate data released Tuesday showed wages fell for the eighth consecutive month, pointing to further strains on ...

Scandal-hit Swedish Academy to award two Nobel literature prizes

World Oct 8, 2019

Scandal-hit Swedish Academy to award two Nobel literature prizes

The Swedish Academy will crown two Nobel literature laureates this year, making up for lost time after it skipped last year's prize over a sexual harassment scandal. Experts say the academy will seek to avoid ruffling any feathers with this year's choice of laureates as ...

'Reading Images': Take the time to read into photography

Art Oct 8, 2019

'Reading Images': Take the time to read into photography

by John L. Tran

The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum exhibition "The Time of Photography" starts with kitsch late 19th-century Yokohama shashin — hand-colored photos of Japanese scenes for sale to foreigners — and ends with the evanescence of Rinko Kawauchi's photography of everyday life made poetic through the ...

Scots eye Russia springboard for big showdown with Japan

Rugby Oct 8, 2019

Scots eye Russia springboard for big showdown with Japan

Scotland is targeting a bonus-point victory, and nothing less, over Russia on Wednesday to set up a Pool A showdown with hosts Japan for a spot in the quarterfinals. Coach Gregor Townsend made wholesale changes to the team that beat Samoa 34-0 last week, bringing ...

Silver sees success for Hachimura

Basketball / NBA Oct 8, 2019

Silver sees success for Hachimura

Rui Hachimura has an opportunity to be "incredibly successful" in the pros if he commits to his craft and manages to navigate the challenges of life as a player in the world's best basketball league, says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Speaking in a Tokyo hotel ...