Tag - blockchain



A live projection from a microscope displays a magnified image of a bedbug during a lecture on bedbug control at the Korea Pest Control Association in Seoul on Nov. 28.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Dec 19, 2023
South Korean blockchain engineer fights bedbugs with data
Self-professed insectophobe maps out reported infestations on a website that also displays real-time news reports to keep track of the outbreak.
People buy food at stalls promoting China's digital yuan, or e-CNY, during the 2022 China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing in September 2022.
BUSINESS / Markets
Aug 10, 2023
With blockchain 'bridge', China challenges U.S. dollar dominance
A Beijing-backed digital prototype for sending money around the world without relying on U.S. banks is advancing quickly.
Jasmy President Kazumasa Sato (center), Executive Officer Hidehiko Kakinuma (left) and head of software development Takashi Hagiwara at the company's office in Tokyo in July
Aug 9, 2023
Ex-Sony execs take on tech giants with blockchain security gambit
Kazumasa Sato aims to give people control over their personal data at a time when big tech firms have obtained vast amounts of it.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2023
The mighty U.S. dollar can fight off the digital upstarts
The de-dollarization project is counting on blockchain technology to end the greenback’s hegemony. The hope may be misplaced.
Japan Times
May 31, 2023
The AI gold rush will take humanity to some dark places
Encoding iris scans on the blockchain shows a need to curb Silicon Valley’s savior complex.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 15, 2023
Japan startups team with farmers to put tech to work in agriculture
From robots to AI to blockchain, technological innovations are being harnessed to improve Japan's farming industry and its aging workforce.
Japan Times
Apr 26, 2022
Crypto conference in North Korea leads to more criminal charges
Alejandro Cao de Benos of Spain and Christopher Emms, a U.K. citizen, were charged in a superseding indictment with conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2022
Wormhole rescue shows crypto world can move fast and fix things
Recent hacking incidents highlight just how much cash u2014 both traditional and digital u2014 is sloshing around the crypto world, and how quickly it can be put to work.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2021
The new masters: How auction houses are chasing crypto millions
The NFT and cryptocurrency boom is dragging auction houses into a new world where sales are made via social media and buyers don't wear suits.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 4, 2021
Hong Kong's unique history with currency may prove valuable for crypto
The cityu2019s monetary authority is currently studying the feasibility of retail digital cash, and one of the design options laid out in a technical white paper looks promising.
Japan Times
Sep 10, 2021
South Korea's 'Gen MZ' leads rush into the 'metaverse'
The metaverse may be a futuristic prospect for most of the world, but it's increasingly a reality in South Korea.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2021
NFT interest growing in Japan, but legal worries persist
While the local NFT market is still in its infancy, there has already been a battle among businesses to team up with popular intellectual-property holders.
Japan Times
May 8, 2021
Tesla killed it on Bitcoin (and also sells cars)
You may recall Tesla only got into the Bitcoin game the very same quarter, announcing it would also start accepting the stuff for car payments.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2021
The 'metaverse' bet: Crypto-rich investors snap up virtual real estate
A new economy of blockchain-based virtual worlds is arising where land, buildings, avatars and even names can be bought and sold as nonfungible tokens.
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2021
NFT price crash stirs debate on whether stimulus-led fad is over
While some are skeptical, others who study the technology argue the use of blockchain to create scarcity for digital collectibles is a lasting innovation.
Japan Times
Apr 1, 2021
South Korea to issue blockchain-protected digital 'vaccine passports'
South Korea on Thursday expanded its vaccine rollout, starting vaccinations of the general public age 75 and older with the vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Food Sustainability in Japan
Mar 7, 2021
Your dinner has an origin story and blockchain tech can help you find it
Tracing the journey of how your food gets to your table is becoming easier with the help of apps that allow shoppers to make more informed decisions.
Japan Times
Mar 4, 2021
How a 10-second video clip sold for $6.6 million
The video, by digital artist Beeple, was authenticated by blockchain, which serves as a digital signature to certify who owns it and that it is the original work.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 25, 2020
Japanese asset manager SBI Holdings leads funding boost for Taiwanese crypto-security firm CoolBitX
Financial conglomerate SBI Holdings Inc. has led a group of investors participating in a Series B, $16.75 million funding round for CoolBitX, a Taiwanese blockchain security company offering services to help crypto-exchanges comply with more stringent international standards for the collection of user information.
Japan Times
Nov 28, 2019
Cryptocurrency exchanges across China halt services amid crackdown
China's latest crypto-crackdown is already claiming its first casualties.


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