Japanese company replaces office workers with artificial intelligence | Technology | The Guardian

A future in which human workers are replaced by machines is about to become a reality at an insurance firm in Japan, where more than 30 employees are being laid off and replaced with an artificial intelligence system that can calculate payouts to policyholders. Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance believes it will increase productivity by 30% […]

Japan hopes to make progress on 70-year-old island dispute with Russia – The Washington Post

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had hoped to present Russian President Vladimir Putin with a “bridegroom” for Yume, the Akita dog Japanese officials gave the Kremlin leader in 2012. But a Japanese lawmaker said Putin turned down the offer of a companion for Yume, whose name means “Dream.” It may not be the last […]

How a Foul-Mouthed American Chef Brought “Fuckin” to Japan

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Japanese Department Store May Want to Look Up the Word ‘Fucking’

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Why Japan Keeps Falling Into Recession – WSJ

Japan is once again in recession. The situation isn’t dire, but weak corporate investment is an important warning sign that investors should heed. Japanese gross domestic product fell by an annualized 0.8% from a year earlier in the September quarter, the second straight decline. This may overstate the extent of weakness, as it was dragged down […]