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Carey L. Biron
For Carey L. Biron's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A surveillance drone is seen in midair during the G7 foreign ministers' summit in Lucca, Italy, in 2017.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Feb 13, 2024
'Intrusive' drones? U.S. surveillance case tests privacy law
Evidence suggests police departments are increasingly using drones, including as first responders to emergency calls.
By the end of the decade, nearly 700 cities are likely to have rolled out some version of urban metaverse technologies, including virtual and augmented reality applications, according to ABI Research.
WORLD / Society
Jan 22, 2024
Realities collide as 'augmented cities' emerge around the U.S.
AR can enhance life in cities, particularly for marginalized communities.
The midway in Springfield, Massachusetts, lit up at night. Framingham, Massachusetts mayor Charlie Sisitsky said its geothermal pilot project could more than halve emissions and cut energy consumption for some properties by up to 70%.
ENVIRONMENT / Energy
Nov 2, 2023
U.S. cities expand geothermal energy to whole neighborhoods
The U.S. federal government is to back 11 pilot geothermal projects.
Migrants from Venezuela, seeking asylum in the United States, sit before crossing the Rio Bravo river with the intention of turning themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol agents, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Thursday.
WORLD / Society
Sep 24, 2023
AI's 'insane' translation mistakes endanger U.S. asylum cases
Machine translation has made huge leaps but is still nowhere near good enough for complex, high-stakes situations like the asylum process.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 28, 2023
As U.S. cities seek more data in public, can they boost trust in tech?
While many argue that publicly placed data-gathering devices provide value to communities, others point to scant accountability or oversight.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 10, 2022
From Dhaka to Freetown, climate migration puts cities on alert
Climate change could prompt 216 million people to move within their countries by mid-century, including 86 million in sub-Saharan Africa alone.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Jan 10, 2022
As pandemic bites, U.S. cities use data to fight race and income gaps
Economic fallout from COVID-19, coupled with demands for racial justice, have piled new pressures on U.S. city governments.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 22, 2021
California weighs first step in 'managed retreat' from rising Pacific
Moves are underway to provide soft loans for cities to buy vulnerable seaside properties from willing sellers, and then rent them back for as long as they remain habitable.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Jun 20, 2021
The race to save African-American cemeteries from being 'erased'
The sense of crisis in Thoroughfare, Virginia, echoes a growing urgency across the country to stop the destruction of African-American burial grounds.

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves