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For Masumi Koizumi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 27, 2019
Trial run in Japan of anti-groping UV stamps sells out within an hour
Following a heated online debate on ways to combat groping and similar behaviors on trains, a name stamp-maker on Tuesday released a new product that can be applied to the offender's hand — leaving the seal mark of an open palm to identify an assailant.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 22, 2019
Designer Thomas Heatherwick injects green relief into Tokyo's concrete jungle with new Mori project
Construction of a sprawling new property development for Mori Building Co. in central Tokyo, which will house Japan's tallest skyscraper at around 330 meters when completed in 2023, finally kicked off earlier this month after three decades of negotiations with landlords.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 21, 2019
Nightlife spots off Japan's beaten tourist track seek to lure in foreign visitors
At around 10 p.m. on a Thursday in early August, foot traffic at a dining and drinking district only one stop from Tokyo's Ikebukuro Station was unexpectedly sparse despite warm summer weather — ideal conditions for a cold beverage, or two.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 13, 2019
Hong Kong Airport disruption bad news for Japanese travelers
A protest at Hong Kong airport could not have come at a worse time for people who booked vacations to coincide with the Bon holiday this week.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 26, 2019
Five things to know about the scandal enveloping top Japanese comedy agency Yoshimoto Kogyo
From one channel to the next, almost every comedy and variety show on Japanese TV features personalities from entertainment powerhouse Yoshimoto Kogyo Co.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 23, 2019
Prominent feminist says Japan 'should not feel complacent' despite signs of progress on women's empowerment
Japan "should not feel complacent" amid signs of progress on female empowerment, sociologist and prominent feminist Chizuko Ueno has urged, saying much work remains to be done.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 21, 2019
Voters express concerns over Constitution, sales tax and lack of viable opposition
Constitutional revision, a consumption tax hike and the future of the pension system were on the minds of voters as they took to polling stations across the country to cast their ballots in the triennial Upper House election on Sunday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 17, 2019
First on-campus Muji store to open at university in Tokyo
The first on-campus Muji store will open on Thursday at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo, featuring a selection of the brand's regular daily merchandise, a cafe and a workshop.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 16, 2019
Forget Fido, cuddly 'Lovot' promises to be high-tech pet replacement
Experience life with an endearing, big-eyed robot with lifelike features — including artificial body temperature and affectionate personality — that is being marketed as an alternative to pet ownership in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 11, 2019
'Smart plastics' and new devices help Japan age gracefully
Mitsuhiro Ebara believes plastic sheets called "smart polymers" may one day prove to be a cheap solution to curing cancer.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech / G20 Osaka
Jun 27, 2019
Japan's pitch for free data flows 'with trust' faces uphill battle at G20 amid 'splinternet' fears
Data is increasingly being viewed as a resource as vital as oil was in the 20th century, with the vast accumulation of information leading to new services across a variety of industries. As the analogy suggests, data is fueling innovation: Firms are studying consumer habits to develop new products, feeding patients' data into artificial intelligence for the creation of new drugs and bringing self-driving vehicles closer to reality.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 20, 2019
After record 16,927 dementia patients went missing in Japan in 2018, expert urges community support
Of the nearly 17,000 people who wandered off in 2018, 197 could not be found by the end of the year, according to police data.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 10, 2019
G20 ministers end Tsukuba meet with pledge to seek reform of World Trade Organization
Ministers from the Group of 20 major economies wrapped up a two-day meeting on trade and the digital economy on Sunday with a joint statement pledging to pursue an overhaul of the World Trade Organization.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 8, 2019
G20 ministers agree on guiding principles for using artificial intelligence
The free flow of data, artificial intelligence and reform of the World Trade Organization are high on the agenda of the G20 ministerial meeting.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 7, 2019
Japan startup believes its cheap, light 'touchable' 3D tech could transform everything from VR to shopping
A Japanese startup is betting that its "touchable" 3D technology will have a vast array of applications, potentially allowing smartphone shoppers to evaluate the fabric of clothes they want to buy online and gamers to feel virtual objects.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 31, 2019
NEC shows how facial recognition could speed up boarding at Japan's Narita airport hub
NEC Corp. demonstrates its facial recognition system that it says will help passengers board planes faster without having to present passports or boarding passes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 15, 2019
Japanese rocket pioneer Takafumi Horie says his firm Interstellar Technologies could soon take on SpaceX
Days after the first successful launch of his privately built rocket, entrepreneur Takafumi Horie said Wednesday his aerospace startup Interstellar Technologies Inc. may soon catch up with industry leaders such as SpaceX in the commercial space rocket-launching business.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 2, 2019
Office makeovers focus on comfort and productivity as activity-based working takes hold in Japan
The first thing Hiroaki Ninoyu does almost every day when he arrives at work is head to the meditation room.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 1, 2019
Public hope for more of the same from their new emperor and continuing peace for Japan in Reiwa
As Emperor Naruhito assumed his new role Wednesday, people on the streets of Japan expressed hope that he will continue the legacy of peace shaped by his father.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 17, 2019
Over half of guide dog users say Tokyo's preparations for 2020 Games not yet adequate, survey shows
More than half of guide dog users in Japan said Tokyo is not adequately prepared to welcome visitors from overseas who rely on guide dogs when it hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, a survey finds.

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