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Japan's robot bartenders: Last call for human service?

Business / Tech Feb 6, 2020

Japan's robot bartenders: Last call for human service?

Japan's first robot bartender has begun serving up drinks in a Tokyo pub in a test that could usher in a wave of automation in restaurants and shops struggling to hire staff in an aging society. The repurposed industrial robot serves drinks in its own ...

As Fukushima residents return, some see hope in nuclear tourism

National Jun 25, 2018

As Fukushima residents return, some see hope in nuclear tourism

On a cold day in February, Takuto Okamoto guided his first tour group to a panorama few outsiders have witnessed in person: construction cranes looming over Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Seven years after deadly tsunami ripped through the ...