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Helen Coster
For Helen Coster's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The development of AI worries many, including Sam Altman, who testified in Congress in May that he was "nervous" about the technology's ability to compromise election integrity.
BUSINESS / Tech
Dec 12, 2023
A look at the world's first AI-powered political campaign caller
Ashley is one of the first examples of how generative AI is ushering in a new era of political campaigning.
Fox Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 29, 2023
Rupert Murdoch being deposed in Fox defamation case: source
Establishing that Murdoch was involved in decisions about coverage would help voting technology company Smartmatic prove liability.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 19, 2023
Fox settles with Dominion for $787.5 million over false election claims
The high-profile defamation case put one of the world"s top media companies in the crosshairs over its coverage of false vote-rigging claims in the 2020 U.S. election.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 8, 2022
Voting-system firms battle right-wing rage against the machines
The efforts to fight misinformation have so far blocked any significant loss of business, but companies remain concerned as the belief in voter-fraud fictions continues to grow.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 28, 2022
Politics trumps business in Truth Social’s war on Big Tech
The Trump ventureu2019s pugnacious political approach has hobbled the companyu2019s development from its inception.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 7, 2022
Trump to launch his social media app in February, listing shows
TRUTH Social, the Trump Media & Technology Group alternative to Twitter, is available for pre-order before going live on the U.S. Presidents' Day holiday.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 30, 2021
Why U.S. and European TV audiences are tuning out the Tokyo Games
TV viewership is up in Japan and Australia, but a downtrend is clear elsewhere.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 11, 2021
Google and Facebook pledged millions for local news. Was it enough?
Critics say the funding does not nearly compensate for the tens of billions of dollars publishers lost as the tech companies gobbled up the digital advertising market.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
May 18, 2021
AT&T-Discovery deal highlights media's thirst to be like Netflix
Discovery brings a global footprint with its pan-European television sports network Eurosport, as well as a portfolio of broadcast channels across Europe.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 14, 2020
U.S. TV news networks aim for credibility, not speed, on election night
Some top U.S. television news executives see a cautionary tale in a notorious November evening two decades ago.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 24, 2019
The Netflix decade: How one company changed the way we watch TV
In the not-so-distant past, TV viewers were forced to wait a week for the next installment of their favorite shows, parceled out by networks in half-hour or hour-long increments.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation