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Sony CEO Plots Games, Chip Strategy Amid Trade War

Yoshida, who took the helm a little over a year ago, addressed shareholders at the company’s investor day on Tuesday at Sony’s headquarters in Tokyo. The beefier device is designed to help PS4 users switch easily, Yoshida said.The new device will come with remote play, which lets users play console games from their phones, tablets and PCs.
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Sony CEO Lays Out How Gaming Industry Will Cope with Trade War

Yoshida, who took the helm a little over a year ago, addressed shareholders at the company’s investor day on Tuesday at Sony’s headquarters in Tokyo. The beefier device is designed to help PS4 users switch easily, Yoshida said.The new device will come with remote play, which lets users play console games from their phones, tablets and PCs.
Tags: Science, Sony, Tokyo, Yoshida


Sony Surges After Announcing Another Record Stock Buyback

The Tokyo-based company soared as much as 8.8% on Friday after announcing it will purchase as much as 4.8% of its outstanding shares, spending up to 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion). Yoshida’s move underscores a commitment to supporting the stock price as Sony became the latest Japanese company to announce a buyback of at least $1 billion. Escalating tensions between the U.S. and China now also cloud the global economic outlook.
Tags: Science, China, Sony, Tokyo, Yoshida


Iran says exercising restraint despite 'unacceptable' escalation of U.S. sanctions

Iran is committed to its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite the U.S. withdrawal from the landmark agreement, its foreign minister said on Thursday, calling the reimposition of sanctions by Washington "unacceptable". Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments in a meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo as tensions rise in the Middle East, fuelling concerns that the United States and Iran are heading for conflict. Iran is exercising "maximum restraint i...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Middle East, Tokyo, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif


Iran exercising 'maximum restraint' despite U.S. withdrawal from nuclear deal: Zarif

"We exercise maximum restraint in spite of the fact the United States withdrew from JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) last May," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, at the start of their meeting in Tokyo. JCPOA is commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal.
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Tokyo, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif, Taro Kono


Japanese space startup aims to compete with US rivals

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese startup that launched a rocket into space last month plans to provide low-cost rocket services and compete with American rivals such as SpaceX, its founder said Wednesday. Interstellar Technology Inc. founder Takafumi Horie said a low-cost rocket business in Japan is well-positioned to accommodate scientific and commercial needs in Asia. […]
Tags: Asia, Business, Japan, Science, News, US, Ap, Nation, Tokyo, Takafumi Horie, Wednesday Interstellar Technology Inc


Nuclear wasteland: Inside the ghost towns of Fukushima

Nuclear wasteland Inside the ghost towns of Fukushima Nuclear wasteland Inside the ghost towns of Fukushima Eight years on from the tsunami and nuclear meltdown, much of Japan’s Fukushima province remains derelict and deserted. But are the radiation fears stopping people returning misplaced? Rob Gilhooly reports from Tomioka. Pictures by Simon Townsley This article has an estimated read time of 11 minutes There was a chilling silence in the town of Tomioka in the days after the March 2011 Fukush...
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, Science, London, US, United States, Greater Manchester, Tokyo, Fukushima, Boris Johnson, Telegraph, Greenpeace, Oxford University, Public Health England


Nuclear wasteland: Inside the ghost towns of Fukushima

There was a chilling silence in the town of Tomioka in the days after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Shoes were left in porches, half-read newspapers lay abandoned next to cups of tea, long gone cold. As night closed in on the seaside town, lights glared out from a few bare windows, while news of the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant just six miles away drifted from a solitary radio. Nobody was home. Eight years on, little has changed. Before March 11, 2011 – ...
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, Science, London, US, United States, Greater Manchester, Tokyo, Fukushima, Boris Johnson, Telegraph, Greenpeace, Oxford University, Public Health England


Bitcoin Climbs Above $7,000 as Cryptocurrency Rally Extends

Bitcoin advanced 11% from Friday to $6,957.73 as of 9:01 a.m. Tokyo time, having earlier hit $7,585, according to Bitstamp pricing. The Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index is up 7.6%. Separately, Binance last week said hackers withdrew 7,000 Bitcoins worth about $40 million via a single transaction in a “large scale security breach,” the latest in a long line of thefts in the digital currency space.
Tags: Science, Tokyo, Bitstamp, Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index


SoftBank Reports Profit Surge With $3.8 Billion Gain on Uber

SoftBank’s operating income more than tripled to 494.9 billion yen ($4.5 billion) in the three months to March 31, helped by a 418 billion yen valuation gain from its stake in the ride-hailing giant, the Tokyo-based company reported on Thursday. SoftBank announced a two-for-one stock split along with the strong earnings, while it keeps the same dividend payout per share. Son has been remaking SoftBank Group from primarily a telecommunications operator into a technology investment firm, and his...
Tags: Science, Softbank, Tokyo, SoftBank Group


New York City Has Been Obliterated in a New Asteroid-Impact Simulation

New York City, home to 8.6 million people and one hot duck, has perished in an apocalyptic meteor strike … in a simulation.Over the past week, some 200 space experts from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and other organizations have been melding their minds in order to face the crisis of a hypothetical asteroid barreling through space toward North America. The gathering, called the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference, convenes every year with the not-so-simple...
Tags: New York, Science, New York City, America, Nasa, Earth, United States, Bangladesh, Tokyo, North America, Denver, Dhaka, Hiroshima, Central Park, European Space Agency ESA, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA


Japan's private rocket reaches outer space for first time

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese aerospace startup funded by a former internet maverick successfully launched a small rocket into space Saturday, making it the first commercially developed Japanese rocket to reach orbit.
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Killer asteroid flattens New York in simulation exercise

After devastating the French Riviera in 2013, destroying Dhaka in 2015 and saving Tokyo in 2017, an international asteroid impact simulation ended Friday with its latest disaster -- New York in ruins. The exercise has become a regular event among the international community of "planetary defense" experts. The latest edition began Monday near Washington, with the following alert: an asteroid roughly 100 to 300 meters (330 to 1,000 feet) in diameter had been spotted and according to rough calcul...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington, Earth, Tokyo, Dhaka, French Riviera


SoftBank to Consider Acquiring 5% Stake in Wirecard

SoftBank has hired financial advisers and is working on a deal to acquire bonds that can be converted into Wirecard shares, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. A representative for Tokyo-based SoftBank declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Munich-based Wirecard didn’t respond to emails and phone calls requesting comment after business hours.
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US and Japanese researchers identify how liver cells protect against viral attacks

Researchers in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Tokyo have discovered a mechanism by which liver cells intrinsic resistance to diverse RNA viruses is regulated. These results have implications for cellular responses to hepatitis, dengue and Zika.
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Removal of fuel in pool at Fukushima's melted reactor begins

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in the decades-long process to decommission the plant.
Tags: Science, Ap, Tokyo, Fukushima


Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

An impression of the interior of the new Istanbul Airport, just now opened and the largest in the world. Good morningAn unplanned, but interesting (I hope) attached article today, being a review of a third emergency car battery “jump-start” unit.  Unlike the two reviewed last week, this one works well and I can recommend it with only a very little bit of “maybe” appended to the recommendation.I’m so pleased to no longer have a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about the car’s battery life –...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Australia, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Georgia


Japanese Teen Suspected of Making Yellowcake Uranium Maybe Just Really Into Chemistry, Police Say

Tokyo law enforcement suspect a 16-year-old boy traded online uranium and processed it into uranium ore, also known as yellowcake. But rather than trying to facilitate the creation of nuclear weapons, he may have just been really into chemistry.Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Explosives, Tokyo, Online Auctions, Uranium


After a 600% Rally, 'King of Deals' Prepares for Post-Smartphone Future

In 2015, the head of Japan’s Minebea Mitsumi Inc. was on a bullet train heading to a city northwest of Tokyo when he realized the chief of a potential acquisition target was onboard. “We grabbed the 6A and 6B seats and hashed it out on our way to Karuizawa,” Kainuma said during an interview at the company’s Tokyo headquarters. Three months later, he closed the purchase of Nintendo Co. supplier Mitsumi Electric Co., leading to a surge in profits when the Switch console was introduced.
Tags: Japan, Science, Tokyo, Karuizawa, Nintendo Co, Minebea Mitsumi Inc, Kainuma, Mitsumi Electric Co


Scientists expected to release landmark image of black hole

Black holes are phenomenally dense celestial entities with gravitational fields so powerful no matter or light can escape, making them extraordinarily difficult to observe despite their great mass. News conferences are set in Washington, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo to disclose a "groundbreaking result" from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, begun in 2012 to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole using a global network of telescopes. A black hole'...
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Watch scientists unveil Event Horizon Telescope’s first image of our galaxy’s supermassive black hole

WASHINGTON — Scientists are sharing the first pictures to show the immediate surroundings of a supermassive black hole, captured by a network of radio telescopes that adds up to what could be considered the world’s widest observatory. First results from the project, known as the Event Horizon Telescope, are being unveiled at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT) Wednesday during a global wave of briefings. The National Science Foundation is providing streaming-video coverage of the big reveal here in Washington...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Science, Washington, Tokyo, Brussels, National Science Foundation, National Press Club Scientists


Raf Simons Opens New Space at Dover Street Market Ginza

How the designer is transforming his Tokyo retail space
Tags: Science, Tokyo, Raf Simons Opens New Space, Dover Street Market Ginza


Dan Loeb Can Walk His Way to Victory at Sony

Shareholders loved the news, driving the company’s Tokyo shares up as much as 7.4 percent Tuesday morning after its U.S. ADRs climbed as much as 9 percent overnight. The last time he agitated for change at Sony, six years ago, Loeb bought a stake and proposed a partial spinoff and IPO of the company’s entertainment business.
Tags: Science, Sony, Tokyo, Loeb, Dan Loeb Can Walk His Way


Japan spacecraft drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said an explosive dropped Friday from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid for the first time to form a crater and pave the way for the collection of underground samples for possible clues to the origin of the solar system.
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Japan space drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said an explosive dropped Friday from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid for the first time to form a crater and pave the way for the collection of underground samples for possible clues to the origin of the solar system.
Tags: Japan, Science, Ap, Tokyo


Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft released an explosive onto an asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system.
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Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s space agency says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft has released an explosive onto an asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system. Friday’s mission is the riskiest for Hayabusa2, as it has to immediately get away so it […]
Tags: Japan, Science, News, Ap, Nation, Tokyo


Brent nears $70 as oil prices rise for fourth day

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices rose for a fourth day on Wednesday, pushing Brent towards $70 a barrel as support from OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions overshadowed a report showing an unexpected rise in U.S. inventories.
Tags: Science, Opec, Tokyo, Reuters Oil


We’re probably about to see the first-ever photograph of a black hole

Black holes are so strange that they're kind of hard to wrap your brain around. They're super-dense objects with gravitational pull so strong that nothing can escape them and, while we know they exist, astronomers have never actually photographed one. Weird, right?When it comes to spotting a black hole the distance is really what is holding humanity back. The nearest supermassive black hole to Earth is thought to be situated at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, but that's a long, l...
Tags: Science, Washington, Earth, Belgium, Tokyo


AstraZeneca Bets $6.9 Billion in Japan Cancer Therapy Deal

AstraZeneca will pay the Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo Co. $1.35 billion upfront to jointly develop and commercialize the cancer therapy trastuzumab deruxtecan, with as much as $5.6 billion in additional payments subject to sales milestones and other contingencies, the companies said late Thursday. Daiichi Sankyo, Japan’s third-biggest pharmaceutical, saw shares surge 16 percent -- the stock’s daily limit -- to an all-time high in early Tokyo trading Friday. The deal is AstraZeneca’s bolde...
Tags: Japan, Science, Astrazeneca, Tokyo, Pascal Soriot, Daiichi Sankyo Co, Daiichi Sankyo Japan, Merck Co Daiichi



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