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Matt Day
For Matt Day's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The Amazon.com logo on a laptop. The online retailer has announced the launch of its own AI chatbot, Q.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 29, 2023
Pursuing rivals, Amazon announces corporate AI chatbot
Last year's Amazon Web Services trade show was overshadowed by the release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which quickly wowed users.
Dave Limp speaks during the Amazon Devices and Services event at the HQ2 campus in Arlington, Virginia, on Sept. 20.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 27, 2023
At Amazon, he launched Alexa. His new job is to launch rockets.
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin has spent two decades trailing Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the space-exploration race.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 15, 2022
Devices, retail and HR targeted by Amazon plans for largest-ever layoffs
CEO Andy Jassy has vowed to streamline operations amid slowing sales growth and economic uncertainty.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 17, 2022
Big Tech helps Big Oil pump more, belying climate pledges
The tech giants began courting oil companies several years ago, eager for business from a lucrative but technologically backward industry.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 11, 2022
Amazon’s drone delivery program is hit by crashes and safety concerns
An investigation based on internal documents, government reports and interviews with employees reveals a program beset by technical challenges, high turnover and safety concerns.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 29, 2021
Apple and Amazon results spark fears of an unhappy holiday season
As the economy emerges from the worst pandemic in a century, getting enough products to consumers is a daunting challenge for nearly everyone.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 27, 2020
Amazon unions around the world plan Black Friday protests
The company has a history of guarding against unionsu2019 influence, posting a job listing in September for an analyst to research "labor organizing threats against the company.u201d

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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