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LY said in November that there had been unauthorized access of its systems by a third party via Naver's cloud system, causing the leak of the personal data records of more than 300,000 Line users and others.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 10, 2024
Naver exploring options including stake sale in Line operator
Naver apologized for a recent security breach that led the Japanese government to issue administrative guidance.
The Maritime Self-Defense Force's Izumo helicopter carrier is docked in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, in April.
May 10, 2024
Japan says viral video of MSDF ship likely real, not fabricated
The Defense Ministry said it has determined that the footage was not AI-generated because details matched that of the actual Izumo helicopter carrier.
SoftBank is in talks with South Korea's Naver over control of LY, which operates the popular messaging app Line, the telecommunications firm's CEO has said.
May 9, 2024
SoftBank in talks with Naver over control of Line operator LY
LY is majority owned by a joint venture between SoftBank and Naver.
SoftBank Group is in talks to acquire Graphcore, a struggling British semiconductor startup.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 9, 2024
SoftBank said to be in talks to buy troubled AI chip firm Graphcore
Graphcore reported just $2.7 million in revenue for 2022, a 46% drop from the prior year, according to its latest financial report.
China is likely around two years behind the United States in developing its own AI software.
WORLD / Politics
May 9, 2024
U.S. eyes curbs on China's access to AI software behind apps like ChatGPT
Preliminary plans the Biden administration has include placing guardrails around the most advanced AI Models, the core software of AI systems like ChatGPT.
Economic security has evolved to include offensive measures, such as industrial policy. Countries like Japan are increasingly on-shoring strategic industries such as semiconductors, regardless of the cost.
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
May 7, 2024
The shift from economic security to geoeconomics
Economic security started out as a defensive concept, but it has now been weaponized to include an offensive element, morphing into a geoeconomic tool.
Attendees stand on an escalator in the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 25, 2016.
WORLD / Politics
May 8, 2024
Saudi Arabia AI fund would divest from China if U.S. asked, CEO says
U.S. officials have apparently told their Saudi Arabian counterparts that they need to choose between Chinese and American technology.
A Chinese flag is flown near a Huawei store in Shanghai in 2023.
WORLD / Politics
May 8, 2024
U.S. revokes some export licenses for firms supplying China's Huawei
Huawei was placed on a U.S. trade restriction list in 2019 amid fears it could spy on Americans.
Over 300 companies went out of business in fiscal 2023 due to labor shortages, according to Teikoku Databank.
BUSINESS / Economy
May 6, 2024
Japan's labor crunch persists despite slight improvement
Companies involved in IT engineering fared the worst, with more than 7 in 10 saying they didn't have enough workers and had to resort to forgoing projects.
A Rapidus factory under construction in Chitose, Hokkaido on April 26. The Tokyo-based chipmaker was set up with the aim to realize domestic production of state-of-the-art semiconductors.
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
May 6, 2024
Rapidus gearing up for mass production of next-generation chips
About three years before the planned start of mass production, Rapidus faces a host of difficult challenges, especially over technology and profitability.
Lin Ruei, 17, co-founder of Exptech and Disaster Prevention Information Platform app (DPIP), poses for a photo in Taoyuan, Taiwan, on April 29.
May 3, 2024
Quake warning app demand surges in earthquake-rattled Taiwan
Official earthquake apps' patchiness and the demand for better alerts have boosted the popularity of privately-developed quake warning apps.
Optica headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday
BUSINESS / Companies
May 3, 2024
Huawei secretly backs U.S. research, awarding millions in prizes
Huawei Technologies is the sole funder of a research competition that has awarded millions of dollars since its inception in 2022.
Apple CEO Tim Cook attends the Wonderlust event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Sept. 12, 2023.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 3, 2024
Apple unveils record $110 billion buyback as results beat low expectations
Apple's quarterly revenue fell, but less than analysts had expected, and CEO Tim Cook said revenue growth would return in the current quarter.
Attendees at the Leap technology conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 6, 202. The oil-rich country is plowing money into glitzy events, computing power and artificial intelligence research, putting it in the middle of an escalating U.S.-China struggle for technological influence.
WORLD / Politics
May 2, 2024
‘To the future’: Saudi Arabia spends big to become an AI superpower
Saudi Arabia was long a financial spigot for tech, but is now building its own industry.
Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, which allowed customers to grab grocery items from a shelf and walk out of the store, is reportedly being phased out of its grocery stores.
May 2, 2024
Amazon's AI stores seemed too magical. And they were.
There are plenty more examples of companies that have failed to mention humans pulling the levers behind supposedly cutting-edge AI technology.
People try out the new iPhone 15 Pro in Shanghai in September 2023.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 2, 2024
Apple tapping AI to boost iPhone demand ahead of expected sales decline
Wall Street expects a slight decline in iPhone sales, and analysts estimate quarterly revenue to fall by the most since the winter of 2022.
Advanced Micro Devices' processors and memory chips
May 2, 2024
AI hardware stocks get pummeled even as big tech keeps spending
Hardware makers have seen their shares rally this year amid an arms race for artificial intelligence computing power that’s lifting sales and profits.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (left) and Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Richard Marles (third from left) escort South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul (second from left) and Defense Minister Shin Won-sik for a meeting of the two countries' foreign and defense ministers in Melbourne on Wednesday.
May 1, 2024
South Korea discusses participating in AUKUS tech pillar
Talks over Seoul's inclusion in the defense technology pillar of the security pact come weeks after Japan also said it was in discussions to join.
Nepali TikTok influencers and twin sisters Princy (left) and Prisma Khatiwada take a selfie in Kathmandu on Monday.
May 1, 2024
Nepalis challenge TikTok ban after losing earnings, fans and a voice
The lives of owners of popular accounts were transformed by the platform, which had about 2.2 million users in the country.
An Amazon Web Services (AWS) logo is pictured during a trade fair in Hanover, Germany, on April 22.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 1, 2024
Amazon triples quarterly profit as cloud surges
The Seattle-based company reported $10.4 billion in profit on revenue of $143.3 billion


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan