Tag - internet



The exact timing of the roll out of Rakuten Mobile's commercial satellite-to-mobile service is uncertain, but the plans for coverage encompass mountainous and remote areas across Japan.
Feb 16, 2024
Rakuten plans satellite mobile service across Japan in 2026
The service, to be rolled out in partnership with AST SpaceMobile, will be directly accessible by regular smartphones and won’t require a terminal.
Taylor Swift attends the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 7.
Jan 27, 2024
Outrage over deepfake porn images of Taylor Swift
One image of the U.S. megastar was seen 47 million times on X, the former Twitter, before it was removed Thursday.
Vietman's Pham Tuan Hai scores past Japan's Zion Suzuki (right) during their match at the Asian Cup in Doha on Jan. 14.
Jan 25, 2024
JFA condemns online abuse of Japan goalkeeper keeper Zion Suzuki
Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima on Wednesday condemned online abuse directed at Japan goalkeeper Zion Suzuki.
Takuya Matsunaga, who suffered from negative social media posts after losing his wife and daughter in a high-profile car accident in 2019, speaks of his experience at a meeting held at the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo in November.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 14, 2024
Japan plans legal revision for quicker deletion of defamatory posts
The bill would also require new guidelines for the deletion of posts and making it clear to users who to contact in order to file such requests.
Elon Musk attends an interview in New York on Nov. 29.
Jan 10, 2024
SEC’s ‘compromised’ account amplifies X mistrust, security concerns
The high-profile breach comes at a time when X and billionaire owner Elon Musk are seeking to win back trust from both users and advertisers.
Public scrutiny is key to defending internet privacy amid growing calls by governments for more surveillance.
Dec 27, 2023
Time to curb government internet surveillance
Democracies are often leading the internet surveillance charge, inadvertently paving the way for the world’s autocrats.
Poland's Iga Swiatek in action during the WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico, in November.
Dec 21, 2023
Tennis governing bodies aim to combat online abuse of players
The bodies will use Threat Matrix, which uses a combination of AI and open-source data, to provide a rapid threat assessment of personal safety.
More than 40% of consumers in Japan have been swindled by websites or apps using "dark patterns," a survey has found.
Dec 11, 2023
Over 40% of consumers in Japan fall prey to 'dark pattern' sites
Deceptive web or app designs known as "dark patterns" trick consumers into making choices they would not have otherwise made.
KDDI's au mobile phone services were disrupted across Japan on Monday morning.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 11, 2023
KDDI's mobile phone network restored after outage across Japan
The disruption began at 7:18 a.m. across 31 western prefectures including Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka before spreading nationwide.
An advisory panel on the digitalization of criminal procedures holds a meeting at the Justice Ministry in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 4, 2023
Japan to introduce electronic arrest warrants and interrogation records
Video conferencing is also among the proposals made by a Justice Ministry panel for the digitalization of criminal and investigative procedures.
As technology and politics increasingly force society to determine truth from fiction, Merriam-Webster's dictionary has selected the word "authentic" as word of the year.
WORLD / Society
Nov 28, 2023
Merriam-Webster crowns 'authentic' as word of the year
The winner beat "deepfake," "rizz" and "coronation" for honors as the word that most often sent people to the dictionary.
Kashmiri journalists protest against internet blockade put by India's government in Srinagar in October 2019.
Nov 24, 2023
Internet out: India deploys shutdowns in name of security
Some blackouts last hours, others days. Some stretch for months.
A notice issued by the Consumer Affairs Agency on its website and elsewhere cautions consumers about "dark patterns" on the internet. The issue has seen web design tricks employed to coax consumers into parting with their money.
Oct 29, 2023
'Dark patterns' deceiving online consumers in Japan
Among other tactics, some websites preselect a subscription option when users log in, leading to unintended financial commitments.
The European Union and Japan concluded an agreement Saturday on cross-border data flows, a deal that could benefit companies across a range of sectors, including financial services, transport, machinery and e-commerce, allowing them to handle data without cumbersome and costly administration.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 28, 2023
EU and Japan conclude agreement on data flows
The deal on cross-border data flows should drive business and may help shape global rules for data, the European Commission said.
Yayoi Kimura, mayor of Tokyo's Koto Ward, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo in August.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 25, 2023
Prosecutors raid Tokyo ward mayor's office over election campaign
The special squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office were acting on a criminal complaint filed by local residents against the mayor.
A girl holds a sign in a show of support for Gazan children in the besieged enclave, during the Israeli-Hamas conflict, in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 24, 2023
Palestinians trapped in Gaza struggle to contact the outside world
With no 3G mobile service in the besieged and bombarded Gaza Strip, residents must either find a rare landline or hope for an Internet connection.
The Fair Trade Commission has begun a probe on allegations of potential antitrust violations by Google.
Oct 23, 2023
Japan begins probe into Google for alleged antitrust violations
Japan’s antitrust watchdog has begun an investigation into whether Alphabet’s Google abuses its market position to block rival services.
Elon Musk, owner of the X social media platform and carmaker Tesla, attends the opening ceremony of a new Tesla factory in Gruenheide, Germany, in March 2022.
Oct 18, 2023
X unveils ‘Not a Bot’ paid program and new Japan feature
The new “Not A Bot” subscription method is Elon Musk’s latest way of nudging users toward paying for the platform.
Google, Amazon and Cloudflare have reportedly endured the internet's largest-known denial of service attack.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 12, 2023
Internet companies report biggest denial of service operation
Internet protection company Cloudflare said the attack was "three times larger than any previous attack we've observed."
Taro Kono
Oct 8, 2023
U.N. forum on internet governance begins in Kyoto, focus on AI
About 6,000 people from government, business and educational facilities are expected to attend the over 300 scheduled talks at the event in Kyoto.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation