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Researchers eager to be hailed as the next world-changing genius may cut corners they shouldn’t — and that reflects badly on science.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 23, 2023
Science hype and celebrity culture make a bad pair
There is a broad problem of questionable research results being published in prestigious journals, with some prioritizing sensational findings.
Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto Prefecture hands out "blindfold" stickers that visitors can use to cover up their wishes written on wooden plaques.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 23, 2023
Privacy concerns prompt people to cover up Shinto prayer plaques
The plaques have been used to express wishes for centuries, and now some shrines are allowing them to be covered with stickers for privacy reasons.
An Apple Store in Shanghai in September
BUSINESS / Tech / FOCUS
Nov 19, 2023
Asian regulators turn focus to Big Tech
Across the region, there are indications that Big Tech may soon have to comply with standards that could become international benchmarks.
Elon Musk
BUSINESS / Tech
Nov 18, 2023
Backlash spreads over Musk’s endorsement of antisemitic post
Large advertisers have pulled ads from Elon Musk's social media site X and the White House has chastised the billionaire.
A home that was burned in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack in Kissufim, an Israeli kibbutz. Antisemitic and Islamophobic hate speech has soared on social media platforms since the war broke out between Hamas and Israel.
WORLD / Society
Nov 16, 2023
Antisemitic and anti-Islam hate speech surges across the internet
On Oct. 7, the day Hamas attacked Israel, the hashtag #HitlerWasRight appeared on X, formerly known as Twitter. Over the next month, more than 46,000 posts featured the hashtag, often alongside language that called for violence against Jews.
A man wearing a t-shirt in support of QAnon, participates in a 'Back the Blue' rally in New York on Aug. 9, 2020.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 16, 2023
U.S. political violence driven by new breed of 'grab-bag' extremists
Such radicals eschew firm creeds. Instead, they embrace notions, no matter how divergent, that blends with their particular grievances.
Japan’s public bathhouses have been in decline for decades, with the number of such facilities in Tokyo alone dropping by nearly half in the last 15 years.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 14, 2023
Japan seeks digital detox with return to ‘way of the sauna’
Public bathhouses have been in decline for decades, with the number of sentō baths in Tokyo dropping by nearly half in the last 15 years.
In a new program called Lantern, big tech companies will share signals of activity that violate their policies on child exploitation.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 8, 2023
Tech giants pool efforts to fight online child sex abuse
Child victims of abuse online are a hot-button issue for regulators and tech firms are eager to show they are taking adequate measures to protect them.
Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla, discusses artificial intelligence in London on Thursday.
BUSINESS / Tech
Nov 7, 2023
Elon Musk's X curtails disinformation research, spurring legal fears
Restrictions on critical methods of gathering data on the platform have suppressed the ability to untangle the origin and spread of false information.
Elon Musk, owner of X, attends an event in Paris on June 16.
BUSINESS / Tech
Nov 6, 2023
Musk to integrate xAI with social media platform X
The billionaire also said xAI released its first AI model, a bot named Grok, after making it available to all X Premium+ subscribers.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. As the European Union’s biggest economy wrestles with a persistent slump and a surge in immigration, the specter of German nationalism has returned, leaving citizens more conflicted over their country’s direction than at any point since World War II.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 6, 2023
The far right is on the rise in Germany and Scholz is at a loss
Amidst economic challenges and surging immigration, German nationalism has reemerged.
In some cases, it's up to individual foreign residents to understand the unique tax implications of their home countries and Japan in order to avoid a penny-pinching retirement.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / Age Wise
Nov 5, 2023
Retiring in Japan? Be prepared to foot your own bills.
“In an ideal world, everyone should have retirement planning on their radar as soon as possible when working life begins.”
Members of the international press gather on a hill in Sderot, Israel, with a view of the Gaza Strip, on Oct. 28.
WORLD
Nov 4, 2023
In Israel-Hamas war, recycled images from past conflicts can undercut true toll
Videos and photos of the conflict are competing with misappropriated depictions of unrelated tragedies.
Motorists drive past a giant billboard depicting Muslim people walking with their national flags toward the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem, in central Tehran's Valiasr Square on Oct. 25.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 4, 2023
In a worldwide war of words, Russia, China and Iran back Hamas
Officials and researchers say the deluge of online propaganda and disinformation is larger than anything seen before.
Reporters take cover upon hearing sirens warning of an incoming rocket attack from Gaza, in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, on Oct. 23
WORLD / Politics
Oct 31, 2023
Media reporting on Israel-Hamas war face singular challenges
Lack of access to Gaza, with both the Israeli and Egyptian access points closed, is creating difficulties journalists say they have rarely seen before.
More and more children are producing content as online influencers and generating lots of money.
COMMENTARY
Oct 31, 2023
Kidfluencers are today’s version of chimney sweeps
Protecting children from labor exploitation is difficult in the age of social media.
Rakuten Viber CEO Ofir Eyal says the messaging app has found favor with microbusinesses, which can use it for engaging with customers.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 31, 2023
Rakuten Viber on course to become the Philippines' 'super app'
In Japan, messaging app Viber trails far behind the Line app, but in the Philippines it boasts a user penetration of 71%.
At the time ofElon Musk's takeover, Twitter was valued at $44 billion. Now called X, the company is now valued at $19 billion.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 31, 2023
Elon Musk’s X is worth less than half of price he paid for Twitter
In the past, Musk has hinted that he’d like to take X public, but the company’s steep drop in value could make that difficult.
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.
Much of the focus on Meta stemmed from a whistleblower's release of documents in 2021 that showed the company knew Instagram, which began as a photo-sharing app, was addictive and worsened body image issues for some teen girls.
BUSINESS / Tech
Oct 25, 2023
Lawsuits against Meta in 33 states claim Instagram harms children
Children have long been an appealing demographic for businesses, which hope to attract them as consumers at ages when they may be more impressionable.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?