Blockchain and drones could play a role in Tepco's fight for survival

Business / Corporate Jan 17, 2018

Blockchain and drones could play a role in Tepco's fight for survival

Shattered by the enormity of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and bleeding customers to nimbler rivals, Tokyo's lumbering, 66-year-old electric-power behemoth has a new strategy for long-term survival: reinventing itself as a cutting-edge innovator. Tepco, known formally as Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., is scouring ...

Sega embraces rogue fan programmers with retro Sonic sequel

Business / Tech Aug 10, 2017

Sega embraces rogue fan programmers with retro Sonic sequel

Sega is doing what Nintendon't. Instead of shutting down programmers and artists making unlicensed Sonic the Hedgehog fan games, Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. is giving them jobs. Ever since the speedy blue mammal debuted on the Sega Genesis in 1991, it's been the company's most ...

Mongolia and China envision giant power grids to light up Asia

Business Jun 9, 2017

Mongolia and China envision giant power grids to light up Asia

The lights of the high-end boutiques and bars of Tokyo's Ginza district may someday be powered by coal burned more than 1,700 miles away (2,700 km) in Mongolia, electricity zipping over ultra-high voltage lines across deserts and under seas. That's the idea behind plans in ...

Russia turns iffy on Japan gas future as Abe heads to Moscow

Business Apr 10, 2017

Russia turns iffy on Japan gas future as Abe heads to Moscow

Russia's Gazprom PJSC isn't confident in Japan's future as a growing natural gas user, which may damp prospects of a proposed pipeline between the countries as Premier Shinzo Abe travels to Moscow later this month. "The demand situation in Japan is not clear yet for ...