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For Masumi Koizumi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 26, 2019
Chinese murderer of family of four executed in Japan
The last time the death sentence was carried out was Aug. 2.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Dec 6, 2019
SoftBank and University of Tokyo to open business-oriented AI research centers
SoftBank Corp. and the University of Tokyo have agreed to open artificial-intelligence centers staffed with specialists from the university and around the world, to swiftly turn research into profitable business ventures so Japan can keep up with the U.S. and China.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 2, 2019
Japanese rugby's 'One Team' motto declared buzzword of 2019
"One Team," Japan's slogan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, was picked as buzzword of the year on Monday after the Brave Blossoms thrilled fans with their historic advance to the top eight.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 29, 2019
Inspired by 3/11, Tokyo-based Looop advances to semifinals of Startup World Cup 2020
A startup that's friendly to both the environment and your wallet is two steps away from a $1 million prize.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 25, 2019
Japan wants foreign entrepreneurs, but what's missing?
For foreign entrepreneurs, Japan has never been the easiest place to launch a startup for a number of reasons, including its conservative corporate culture, restrictive visa requirements and daunting language barrier.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 25, 2019
New Zealand's Global Impact Visa program offers Japan tips for luring global talent
When it comes to attracting global talent, New Zealand, perennially the world's easiest place to do business, can offer Japan some hints on how to welcome entrepreneurs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 19, 2019
Yamato Transport rolls out driver-friendly EVs for parcel delivery in Tokyo area
Yamato Transport Co. unveiled on Tuesday what it says is a greener, compact, driver-friendly electric truck that may offer hope for coping with the acute labor shortage in Japan's door-to-door parcel delivery industry.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 18, 2019
SoftBank's Yahoo Japan-Line merger aims to take on U.S. and China online behemoths
Yahoo Japan operator Z Holdings Corp. and Line Corp. said Monday they have reached a basic merger agreement that will forge an internet conglomerate boasting over 100 million users in Japan with the aim of challenging U.S. and Chinese online behemoths.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 12, 2019
Sharing economy conference explores global phenomenon from Japan perspective
From transportation to holiday homes, the "sharing economy" is gaining traction worldwide, and in typhoon- and earthquake-prone Japan the concept is increasingly seen as instrumental to disaster management.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 8, 2019
Japan's rugby, disasters and social change generate buzzwords in 2019
The 2019 Rugby World Cup, natural disasters and cashless payment inspired a large portion of the nominations for the annual buzzword of the year awards.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 29, 2019
Sadako Ogata, first female U.N. refugee chief, dies at 92
News of the death of Ogata — known for her decisive, pragmatic leadership at the U.N. for years — immediately drew condolences from diplomatic and academic leaders across the world.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 24, 2019
In wake of Typhoon Hagibis, demand surging for post-flood recovery manual
The extensive flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis, which inundated tens of thousands of homes, is driving demand for a free guide outlining recommended steps for recovery.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 22, 2019
Emperor Naruhito's enthronement free of tensions that surrounded his father's ceremony
The last time the event was held, three decades ago, extremists fighting against the imperial system carried out multiple terror attacks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Brexit: How it affects Japan
Oct 17, 2019
Amid Brexit chaos, abandoning U.K. operations no simple task for Japanese firms
With the deadline for the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union fast approaching, the question for Japanese manufacturers and other businesses with operations there is not as simple as whether to stay or go.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Oct 15, 2019
CEATEC 2019 features driverless shuttle bus and avatar tech among exhibits
Organizers said this year's four-day event has brought together 787 exhibitors from a broad spectrum of sectors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech / CEATEC 2019 Special
Oct 6, 2019
Sci-fi no more: Creations to address societal dilemmas
Advances in artificial intelligence (AI), 5G wireless networks and other technologies are making our lives more exciting and convenient, but a young entrepreneur, professor and media artist is also keen to harness them for other ambitions: addressing social challenges unique to Japanese society.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 3, 2019
Despite Japan's push to raise awareness of rubella outbreak, free tests going largely unused
Despite the government's continued push to raise awareness of a rubella outbreak, only about 8 percent of men age 40 to 47 — who are most vulnerable to being infected — have used coupons for free antibody tests, health ministry data has shown.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Sep 27, 2019
Measures meant to offer relief from sales tax hike pose baffling riddles instead
With Japan's consumption tax rate hike to 10 percent scheduled for the start of next month, the government promises to simultaneously introduce a reduced rate for everyday essentials — mostly food and non-alcoholic beverages — to ease the financial impact on lower income households.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 12, 2019
Yahoo Japan clinches deal for majority stake in Zozo
The company offered u00a52,620 per share, a 21 percent premium on Zozo's closing price, sending its shares soaring Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 9, 2019
Commuters and travelers face grueling Monday morning in typhoon-hit Tokyo
Tokyo's morning rush was more hellish than usual Monday, with massive crowds of commuters gathering at train stations across the metropolitan area to wait for train services disrupted by Typhoon Faxai.

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