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Wild boars cause chaos in Japan school

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Two wild boars caused pandemonium at a Japanese school by charging into classes and even taking a dip in the school pool, forcing pupils to interrupt their exams.Television footage showed a wild boar charging around a classroom, bashing its snout against a window in an apparent attempt to escape the school in the western city of Kyoto.Meanwhile, the other boar was taking a soothing dip in the school’s outdoor pool, as stunned pupils looked on. “I was very surprised to see it,” ...

Creepy Japan video invites people to live in ‘zombie town’

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

A remote Japanese town is hoping to entice brave souls to come and live among them with a ghoulish video game spoof featuring flesh-eating zombies -- just in time for Halloween. The misty village of Kosuge, located in the mountains some 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of Tokyo, has just 700 inhabitants. With many younger villagers leaving to work or study in the cities, local authorities have concocted a cunning plan to try to lure new residents. A creepy short promotional film introduces ...

Einstein note on happy living sells for $1.56 mln: Auction house

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

A note that Albert Einstein gave to a courier in Tokyo briefly describing his theory on happy living sold at auction in Jerusalem on Tuesday for $1.56 million, the auction house said.The winning bid for the note far exceeded the pre-auction estimated price of between $5,000 and $8,000, according to the Winner’s auction house website.The buyer was a European who wished to remain anonymous, a spokesman for the auction house said.“I am really happy that there are people out there who ...

Just over two years left, intense work at Tokyo Olympic stadium site

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Olympic stadium in Tokyo is taking shape with 22 cranes on site and the spectator stands being installed after 10 months of underground foundation work.With its completion deadline just over two years away, work is intense.Olympic Minister Shunichi Suzuki, during a visit to the New National Stadium on Tuesday, said the construction is proceeding as scheduled, praising the workflow efficiency. He said all possible technology must be mobilized to finish the stadium by the November 2019 ...

When Britain’s Boris Johnson met high-tech robots in Japan

Thursday, 20 July 2017

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Thursday shook hands with one of Japan’s high-tech robots, a humanoid candidate to carry the torch as part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Johnson, kicking off a trip to Japan, visited the robotic center at Waseda University, which works closely with Britain’s University of Birmingham on robotic technologies. He witnessed a demonstration of WABIAN II, which resembles a tiny astronaut that Waseda hopes will make the list of torch runners for the ...

Takeoff and cruise: Toyota making ‘flying car,’ luxury boat

Saturday, 3 June 2017

A startup backed by the Japanese automaker has developed a test model that engineers hope will eventually develop into a tiny car with a driver who’ll be able to light the Olympic torch in the 2020 Tokyo games. For now, however, the project is a concoction of aluminum framing and eight propellers that barely gets off the ground and crashes after several seconds.Toyota has invested 42.5 million yen ($386,000) in startup Cartivator Resource Management to work on “Sky Drive.” At a ...

Feline good: Cats counter stress at Tokyo firm

Monday, 22 May 2017

Workaholic Japan is known for long office hours and stressed out employees, but one company claims to have a cure: Cats.A total of nine fluffy felines eat, sleep and walk freely in the small office of IT firm Ferray in Tokyo.Hidenobu Fukuda, who heads the firm, introduced an “office cat” policy in 2000 upon request from one of his employees, allowing staffers to bring their moggies to work.“I also give 5,000 yen ($45) a month to those who rescue a cat,” he said of his ...

Toshiba warns of $8.4 bln net loss

Monday, 15 May 2017

Troubled conglomerate Toshiba on Monday said it will delay reporting its annual earnings for the past fiscal year, but warned it will likely book a net loss of 950 billion yen ($8.4 billion). The delay comes after it twice postponed its nine-month earnings before releasing unaudited results last month, stirring fears that its shares could be delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The firm said it failed to meet the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s self-imposed deadline of 45 days after the end of ...

Which Arab city has been ranked the ‘world’s worst place to live?’

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Vienna, Austria's grand capital on the Danube river, has topped consulting firm Mercer's list of cities offering the highest quality of life for the eighth year in a row, while Baghdad is again considered the worst place to live. The survey of 231 cities helps companies and organizations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff. It uses dozens of criteria such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport. Global centers London, ...

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrives in Japan as part of Asia tour

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is beginning his visit to Japan on Sunday as part of his Asia tour. The visit to Tokyo will focus on investment opportunities, energy ties, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and commercial partnership. Regional conflicts will also be discussed when the king meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday. The king will also meet with Japanese emperor Akihito. A statement released the Southeast Asian country’s foreign affairs ministry read: “The Japanese ...

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