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Samsung to invest $11 billion in next-generation displays

Business / Corporate Oct 10, 2019

Samsung to invest $11 billion in next-generation displays

Samsung Display Co. plans to spend 13.1 trillion won ($11 billion) developing and building next-generation displays, responding to a flood of supply and price pressure from fast-moving Chinese rivals. In an announcement event attended by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Samsung Electronics Co. Vice-Chairman ...

Number of Japanese-language institutions soars in Asia, survey finds

National Oct 10, 2019

Number of Japanese-language institutions soars in Asia, survey finds

About 3.85 million people studied Japanese at a record 18,604 institutions overseas in fiscal 2018, with the number of institutions soaring in Asia, according to a survey released this week. The number of Japanese-language institutions jumped nearly fourfold to 818 in Vietnam from the previous ...

Editorials Oct 10, 2019

A Nobel Prize for a revolutionary technology

The awarding of the Nobel Prize in chemistry to Akira Yoshino provides us with an opportunity to see whether Japanese firms and universities are investing enough resources in innovative research that has the potential to radically change our lives for the better.

Tokyo, Seoul and the weaponization of history

Commentary / Japan Oct 10, 2019

Tokyo, Seoul and the weaponization of history

by Yoichi Funabashi

In July, Japan tightened its control of exports of certain materials for semiconductor production to South Korea. On Aug. 28, the government took further action and removed South Korea from its whitelist of nations granted preferential trade procedure. South Korea responded to these actions by ...

Festival to unveil new rose

General | NEWS AND NOTES Oct 10, 2019

Festival to unveil new rose

The 47th Jiyugaoka Megami Festival will take place near Jiyugaoka Station in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on Oct. 13 and 14. The festival will feature music, cultural events and shops in the fashionable district. Some 600,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival with more than ...

Teams chosen for the World Bosai Forum

General | NEWS AND NOTES Oct 10, 2019

Teams chosen for the World Bosai Forum

The Bosai Startups in Japan event, described as an "ideathon" focusing on disaster risk reduction, was held on Sept. 29 in Tokyo. Under the slogan "Building a More Resilient Society," it served as a pre-event for the World Bosai Forum (WBF). At the Bosai Startups, ...

Rockets down Raptors in finale of Japan Games

Basketball / NBA Oct 10, 2019

Rockets down Raptors in finale of Japan Games

by Ed Odeven

The Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets wrapped up this year's NBA Japan Games with the second entertaining 48-minute spectacle of the week on Thursday night at Saitama Super Arena. There was plenty of star power on display with highlight-reel plays by Houston superstars James Harden ...

Samurai Blue rout Mongolia 6-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Soccer Oct 10, 2019

Samurai Blue rout Mongolia 6-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifier

by Dan Orlowitz

In the sumo ring, wrestlers from Mongolia rule the roost against their Japanese opponents. On the soccer pitch, Japan is clearly still king. Takumi Minamino scored in his third straight match, veteran defender Yuto Nagatomo netted his first international goal in 10 years and Junya Ito ...