This Ransomware Doesn’t Want Cash, It Just Wants You to Play a Japanese Video Game – Motherboard

Do you want to play a game? That’s the question posed by a novel piece of ransomware that challenges victims to achieve a high score in a video game instead of demanding cash to unlock files. Yeah. “Minamitsu ‘The Captain’ Murasa encrypted your precious data like documents, musics [sic], pictures, and some kinda project files,” a […]

The Wild Boars of Fukushima – The Atlantic

The Wild Boars of Fukushima Six years after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, the evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains devoid of humans—but the boars have moved in. Reuters reports that after the people left, wild boars living in the nearby hills came down to the towns […]

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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