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Nintendo debuts subscription service for its widely derided online offering

By Yuji Nakamura
- via The Japan Times    Sep 20, 2018

Good things come to those who wait. Except, maybe, for Nintendo gamers.The company that created the Super Mario and Zelda franchises is finally embracing online ...

Tesla confirms criminal probe afoot into Elon Musk’s talk of going private

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk speaks after announcing Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon in Hawthorne, California, Monday. Tesla Inc. has turned over documents to the U.S. Justice Department after statements by Musk about taking the company private, the electric car maker confirmed Tuesday. | AP

Tesla confirmed Tuesday that U.S. Justice Department officials were looking into possible criminal aspects of a seemingly spontaneous, and later aborted, announcement by chief executive ...

Bilked students inch closer to victory in lawsuit over Betsy DeVos-initiated for-profit school policy

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Monday. | AP

A federal judge has ruled that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ move to ease protections for former students of for-profit colleges should be reversed, handing a ...

Trade war escalates as China slaps tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

A truck carrying a cargo container drives under the Gerald Desmond Bridge under construction in Long Beach, California, in July. China on Tuesday announced a tariff hike on $60 billion of U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump's latest duty increase in a dispute over Beijing's technology policy. | AP

The U.S.-China trade war escalated further Tuesday, with China announcing retaliatory tax increases on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, including coffee, honey and industrial ...

McDonald’s workers in 10 U.S. cities stage day strike over sexual harassment

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

McDonald's workers protest inside a McDonalds restaurant in South Los Angeles on Tuesday. Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald's workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. | AP

McDonald’s workers in 10 U.S. cities staged a one-day strike Tuesday inspired by the #MeToo movement, alleging the fast-food giant does not adequately address pervasive ...

More Iran hacks targeted Mideast energy firms as U.S. sanctions loomed: FireEye

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

Alister Shepherd, the director of a subsidiary of the cybersecurity firm FireEye, gestures during a presentation about the APT33 hacking group, which his firm suspects are Iranian government-aligned hackers, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday. FireEye warned Tuesday that Iranian government-aligned hackers have stepped up their efforts in the wake of President Donald Trump pulling America from the nuclear deal. | AP

An Iranian government-aligned group of hackers launched a major campaign targeting Mideast energy firms and others ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran, a cybersecurity firm ...

Uehara finds common thread between rugby, business

By Hiroshi Ikezawa
- via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

Akira Uehara poses before the autographed Japan rugby team's jersey earlier this month in his office at Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in Toshima Ward, Tokyo. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

Akira Uehara, the president of longtime rugby national team sponsor Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., played in the front row for Keio University’s B.Y.B Rugby Football ...

Facing midterms, GOP-led Congress hopes to OK spending deal, avert possible shutdown

via The Japan Times    Sep 14, 2018

The Capitol in Washington is seen Aug. 1. As a potentially catastrophic hurricane heads for the Carolinas, Congress is moving to avert a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown just weeks before the November midterm elections. | AP

As a potentially catastrophic hurricane takes aim at the Carolinas, Congress is trying to head off a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial ...

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveils $2 billion philanthropic fund

via The Japan Times    Sep 14, 2018

Jeff Bezos speaks at the Economic Club of Washington's Milestone Celebration Dinner on Thursday. | REUTERS

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest person on the planet, announced Thursday he was creating a philanthropic fund to help homeless families and launch preschools ...

Despite government push of AI and robots, Japanese fear tech to lead to inequality and job losses: survey

By Chris Russell
- via The Japan Times    Sep 14, 2018

A Mitsubishi Melfa robotic arm, manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corp., is displayed at the Robert Bosch GmbH Internet of Things conference in Berlin in February. | BLOOMBERG

Japan is among the biggest users of robots in the world, with 303 per 10,000 employees in 2016 — the fourth-highest globally — according to ...

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