Japan punishes crypto exchanges after hack

Thursday, 8 March 2018

The Japanese government is slapping penalties on several crypotocurrency exchanges in the country, after 58 billion yen ($530 million) of virtual coins were lost earlier this year from hacking.The Financial Services Agency (FSA) said in a statement it had ordered FSHO and Bit Station, exchanges based in Yokohama and Nagoya, to temporarily halt their operations for a month from Thursday.The agency alleged that FSHO “does not have a proper system to monitor trading and has not given training ...

Olympics: Futuristic pointy-eared mascots chosen for Tokyo 2020

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Mascot-loving Japan has two new characters to get excited about after two futuristic designs with pointy ears and chequered patterns were unveiled on Wednesday to promote the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Chosen by schoolchildren across Japan and announced before a gymnasium of cheering pupils in Tokyo, the as yet unnamed blue character will be the mascot for the Olympics and the pink cherry blossom-inspired one for the Paralympics. "It's quite innovative, I like the blue-check pattern ...

Tokyo stocks plunge over 4% after Wall Street sell-off

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Tokyo stocks plunged more than four percent in opening trade Tuesday with investor sentiment hit by a sell-off on Wall Street and the yen's surge against the dollar. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 4.16 percent or 943.70 points to 21,738.38 in early trade while the broader Topix index was down 3.94 percent or 71.94 points at 1,751.80. Wall Street stocks plunged in chaotic trading on Monday, as the Dow's gains for 2018 were erased in a brutal pullback from months of stock market euphoria that ...

Robot makes coffee at new cafe in Japan’s capital

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Japan has a new cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista.The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. The shop’s name in Japanese means “strange cafe.”The single-armed robot scans a ticket purchased from a vending machine and greets the customer.“Would you care for a delicious coffee?” the barista, with a screen showing a pair of cartoon eyes, asks in a ...

Tuna sells for $323,000 at Tokyo fish market

Monday, 8 January 2018

In the final New Year’s auction at Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market on Friday, the owner of an international sushi restaurant shelled out more than $300,000 for a prime bluefin tuna and said he was “very happy” with the result. The world’s largest fish market, one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist sites, is set to relocate later this year to clear the way for a road needed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Hiroshi Onodera, the president of LEOC Co. Ltd which owns ...

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 ...

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