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Japan will start charging departing travellers a 'sayonara tax' from 2019

Travellers to Japan will soon have to pay a levy when departing the land of the rising sun.<p>The 1,000 yen ($9.37) tax will kick in starting Jan 7 in 2019, and applies to each person, including locals, leaving the country by air or sea.<p>According to Nikkei Asian Review, the tax is part of an effort to …

Japan

The Bizarre, Innovative World of Japanese Kit Kats

In the U.S., a Kit Kat is usually just a Kit Kat.<p>But in Japan, where the product comes in 350 flavors, more than 30 of which are on the market at …

Games organizers confirm cyber attack, won't reveal source

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers confirmed on Sunday that the Games had fallen victim to a cyber attack during Friday's opening ceremony, but they refused to reveal the source.<p>The Games' systems, including the internet and television services, were …

Cyber-attacks

5 eye-opening statistics about minorities in tech

Diversity efforts could net the IT industry an extra $400 billion in revenue each year. Here's why.<p>The evidence is clear: A more diverse workforce …

Stunning new pictures show the scope of Chinese building in the South China Sea

BEIJING — Sometimes you’ve got to see it to truly believe it. That is certainly true of a remarkable set of pictures published by a Philippine newspaper this week.<p>For years now, we’ve read about Chinese land reclamation and building in the contested waters of the South China Sea — construction that …

China

Apple brings Alipay into Chinese stores

Looking to revive growth in the world's No.2 economy, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will begin accepting Alipay, run by Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) affiliate Ant …

Apple Store

Didi Chuxing Is Teaming Up With 12 Automakers to Build a Car-Sharing Platform

China’s Didi Chuxing is teaming up with 12 automakers including the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance to build an electric-vehicle-sharing network …

Here's why 100 qubit quantum computers could change everything

At 100 qubits a single quantum computer processor would, theoretically, be more powerful than all the supercomputers on the planet combined. We may be closer to that milestone than you think and the world isn’t ready.<p>Quantum computers are spooky devices that don’t follow the normal rules of …

Japanese People Are Eating Six-Dollar Bananas With a Peel You Can Eat

Although it’s not unheard of to eat a banana peel (at least outside of the United States), there’s a new version of fruit that may make eating peels …

What Is Kombucha And Does Its Hype Stand Up to Scientific Scrutiny?

Not everybody's cup of tea.<p>The drink kombucha was previously only popular in hipster cafes, but is now vying for space on the supermarket …

Wellness

Is China leading the race to create quantum internet? Massive quantum key network now online

China's quantum key network was used to transmit encrypted images across a distance of 7,600 kms – from Beijin to Vienna.<p>China's massive quantum key …

The Countries Most Optimistic About 2018 [Infographic]

2018 is still young and across the world, most people are positive about what the year will bring. An online survey conducted by Ipsos in 28 different countries found that 76 percent of people think 2018 will be a better year than 2017. The level of optimisim varies significantly and countries with …

Demographics

Didi Chuxing to Take Over Troubled Bike-Sharing Startup

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has agreed to acquire cash-strapped bike-sharing startup Blugogo to further expand its business footprint, …

US says North Korea 'directly responsible' for massive cyber attack

The Trump administration has publicly blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyber attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year.<p>"The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible," Tom Bossert, …

North Korea

An app to help pregnant women find train seats is being trialled in Tokyo

Passengers with their noses buried in their mobile phones, not talking to each other, is a common sight on subways around the world.<p>But it often means that people don't always realize that someone in need is standing nearby.<p>Tokyo’s famously packed metro has found a way of taking advantage of this …

AIG launches new cyber threat analysis to gauge companies' risks

(Reuters) - American International Group Inc (AIG.N) has ramped up its analysis for insuring against cyber attacks, using a system that scores a company's risk of having a breach along with safeguards it has in place, the insurer said on Tuesday.<p>AIG's underwriters have been using the computerized …

Cybersecurity

The Surprising History of the Kimono

Before it was called a kimono, which simply means "wearing thing," the Japanese garment was called kosode. As in other places around the world, it …

Sri Lanka, Struggling With Debt, Hands a Major Port to China

NEW DELHI — Struggling to pay its debt to Chinese firms, the nation of Sri Lanka formally handed over the strategic port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease last week, in a deal that government critics have said threatens the country’s sovereignty.<p>In recent years, China has shored up its …

Sri Lanka

Dying Japanese businessman throws 'end of life' party at Tokyo hotel

A Japanese businessman with terminal cancer organised his own 'funeral' party at a Tokyo hotel and invited his closest friends and business associates along.<p>Satoru Anzaki was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer in October but decided against chemotherapy due to the side effects.<p>The 80-year-old took …

OPINION: Why Foreign Firms Are Struggling in China

Three years ago, China overtook the United States to become the world’s most popular destination for foreign investment. Increasingly, however, overseas enterprises are finding that doing business in China is harder than it seems.<p>Recent years have seen reports of foreign retail companies shedding …

China’s role in Zimbabwe’s regime change says more about China than Zimbabwe

The fall of Robert Mugabe has dominated global coverage of Africa over the past few weeks. In Western coverage of the first week after the coup in Zimbabwe there was speculation about what China knew beforehand and whether Beijing played an active role in pushing for it.<p>China’s mention drowned out …

South Africa

Alibaba follows Amazon’s lead with bricks-and-mortar push

(<i>Reuters</i>) — In a small village shop near the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, store owner Lu Qiwei uses his smartphone to place orders to refill stocks of instant noodles, rice and drinks.<p>Lu, 61, says he didn’t own a phone two years ago, but he’s now one of 600,000 people using a supply chain app …

'Queen of Thai street food' wins Michelin star in Bangkok guide

Jay Fai’s shophouse, known for her crab omelette, is one of 17 restaurants awarded prestigious stars in listing for Thai capital<p>A 70-year-old Thai street food seller who makes wok-fired dishes has been awarded a Michelin star at the launch of Bangkok’s first guide.<p>Jay Fai, or Auntie Fai, is known …

Hong Kong

Amazon Transcribe is a sophisticated transcription service for AWS

Amazon is hosting AWS Re:INVENT today, its developer conference for all things AWS . And the company just announced a promising new service called Amazon Transcribe. The service is now available as a preview and goes beyond many automated transcribing services.<p>Now that video and audio have …

Cloud Computing

This robot aced an exam without understanding a thing—here's why you should be worried

Meet the Todai Robot. The machine cannot read. The machine cannot perform mathematics above the basic arithmetic level. And the machine cannot write. …

Artificial Intelligence

Warriors smartphone app secretly recorded users’ private conversations, lawsuit alleges

The app requested microphone permissions, but the lawsuit says Warriors fans couldn’t have known the extent of it.<p>The Golden State Warriors are being sued in a U.S. district court over the team’s official smartphone app, which allegedly recorded private conversations from fans’ phones, according to</i> …

Apps

8 major HR Trends for 2018

Time to consider the HR Trends for 2018The HR Trend Institute was founded nearly four years ago. Our first annual HR Trends prediction appeared in …

Human Resources

Blockchain Unlocks Consulting Model for Experts of All Kinds, Worldwide

Quality consultants are key to many businesses, particularly startups who need help setting up and running of a new business. Benjamin Franklin said …

This New Robot Will Help Keep Hearts Pumping

You don’t want to be among the first human cyborgs. Because doctors won’t be replacing all your limbs with super-strong robotic ones, and they won’t …