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For Gerry Smith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Despite danger and cost, Japan gambles on successful Olympics

National Jun 8, 2021

Despite danger and cost, Japan gambles on successful Olympics

The Tokyo Olympic Games are reaching the point of no return. With seven weeks until the opening ceremony, the Japanese government, the International Olympic Committee and major stakeholders are gambling political reputations and billions of dollars on staging a games that could lift global spirits ...

Feared or celebrated, Amazon's Alexa is star of Super Bowl ads

Business Feb 4, 2019

Feared or celebrated, Amazon's Alexa is star of Super Bowl ads

An android child struggles to control his emotions. Robots threaten to take away human jobs. And a voice-activated device ponders its own existence. These dark themes were explored by this year's Super Bowl commercials, with brands such as TurboTax, Olay and Sprint capitalizing on fears ...