Universal Studios Japan opens Minion Plaza dedicated to the lovable creatures
Universal Studios Japan opens Minion Plaza dedicated to the lovable creatures
OSAKA--Tiny yellow round-headed creatures with googly eyes took center stage on March 6 at Universal Studios Japan as the theme park opened its new Minion Plaza in an area dedicated ...
Crocs Japan employs drones to promote its new lightweight sneakers
Crocs Japan employs drones to promote its new lightweight sneakers
When a shopper selects the color of the new Crocs Japan GK sneakers on a store’s iPad, a small drone picks up a pair from display shelves using a magnet attached to its arm and...
A drone fetches a pair of Crocs’ sneakers at a pop-up store in Tokyo Midtown in Minato Ward on March 5. (Takuya Isayama)
Crocs Japan employs drones to promote its new lightweight sneakers
When a shopper selects the color of the new Crocs Japan GK sneakers on a store’s iPad, a small drone picks up a pair from display shelves using a magnet attached to its arm and drops them into a net.
An artist's rendition of Minion Plaza at Universal Studios Japan (Provided by USJ Co.)
Universal Studios Japan opens Minion Plaza dedicated to the lovable creatures
OSAKA--Tiny yellow round-headed creatures with googly eyes took center stage on March 6 at Universal Studios Japan as the theme park opened its new Minion Plaza in an area dedicated to the popular characters.
President Xi Jinping, left, and Premier Li Keqiang in the Great Hall of the People at the start of the National People's Congress on March 5. (The Asahi Shimbun)
China signals 'new normal' with lower annual growth target
BEIJING--China announced an economic growth target for 2015 of around 7 percent on March 5 and said it would boost government spending, signalling that the lowest rate of expansion for a quarter of a century is the "new normal" for the world's No. 2 economy.
This computer graphic shows spiral escalators installed in the central atrium of the Shanghai New World Daimaru Department Store in China. (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
Mitsubishi delivers 12 spiral escalators to store in China
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. said March 5 it has delivered 12 spiral escalators to a department store in China, the largest number of that kind for a single project.
Kansai International Airport (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
JTB to open info centers for foreign tourists in Kansai airport, Kyoto
JTB Corp. plans to set up information centers at Kansai International Airport and in central Kyoto this year to help tourists from abroad and to give promotional opportunities to companies at home.
Toyota's North American CEO Jim Lentz (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota promotes U.S. execs, gives power to North American CEO
DETROIT--Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote some U.S. executives to senior posts in Japan.
An artist's rendition of the interior of the "Genbi Shinkansen" (contemporary art Shinkansen) (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
Bullet train for modern art buffs will start from spring 2016
A new type of Shinkansen rail car starting service in the spring of 2016 will cater to modern art lovers by featuring contemporary Japanese works, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) said March 3.
The Kichijoji district to the north of Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo Line (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hospitable Tokyo wins bragging rights as world's best city to call home
Clean streets, helpful residents and convenient public services have pushed Tokyo to the top of the list of the world's best cities to live in, according to a new survey.
Kumamon-themed strap charms planned for the Circle K promotion in Hong Kong (Takeho Morita)
Kumamon goods to grace shelves of Circle K Hong Kong convenience stores
KUMAMOTO--Kumamoto Prefecture's popular bear-like mascot, Kumamon, will ply its charms at a major convenience store chain in Hong Kong from March 7 as part of an effort to promote the prefecture’s industry and tourism.
A booth girl wears the Morpheus virtual reality system, being developed for use with PlayStation 4, in Chiba’s Mihama Ward on Sept. 18, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sony to market virtual-reality headset in 2016
SAN FRANCISCO--Sony plans to make its virtual-reality headset available to consumers next year.
The Soul GT (Provided by Yamaha Motor Co.)
Yamaha to release new Soul GT 125cc scooter in Indonesia
Yamaha Motor Co. announced on March 4 that it will release its new 125cc scooter, Soul GT--featuring a high-performance compact engine based on the next-generation development concept Blue Core--in Indonesia later this month.
A Chinese tourist arranges souvenirs in her suitcase before departing at Fukuoka Airport in Fukuoka on Feb. 24. (Azumi Fukuoka)
Chinese New Year rings up record duty-free sales at department stores
Major department stores in Japan reported record duty-free sales in February as throngs of Chinese tourists took advantage of an increased number of tax-free items and the weaker yen during the Chinese New Year holiday.
A Kawagoe Discount Pass for adults (Provided by Tobu Railway Co.)
Discount train ticket for foreign travelers welcomes visitors to Kawagoe
Tobu Railway Co. has begun selling a Kawagoe Discount Pass, a special train ticket limited to foreign travelers who plan to visit Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, known for its historic buildings.
The Campus Frankfurt 1 data center operated by e-shelter (Provided by NTT Communications Corp.)
NTT Communications to buy controlling stake in top German data center operator
NTT Communications Corp. said March 3 that it will acquire 86.7 percent of the shares in e-shelter, the top operator of data center services in Germany.
The schematic of a smartphone prototype equipped with an infrared camera and infrared LED (Provided by Fujitsu Ltd.)
Fujitsu develops iris authentication prototype smartphone
Fujitsu Ltd. has developed technology that enables smartphone users to unlock their mobile devices by simply looking at them, the company said March 2.
J.K. Shin, CEO of Samsung's mobile division, shows the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on the eve of this week’s Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on March 1. (AP Photo)
Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to battle Apple
BARCELONA--South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones, featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc.
“Aurora Vision” screens are installed above the right- and left-field stands at the Sapporo Dome baseball stadium in Hokkaido. (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
Mitsubishi Electric installs highest-resolution screens in Sapporo Dome
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has installed at the Sapporo Dome three large video screens with the highest resolution in any professional baseball stadium in Japan, the Tokyo-based company said March 2.
The PopCamera digital signage system (Provided by Toppan Printing Co.)
New digital signage by Toppan moonlights as fun camera
Toppan Printing Co. has developed a digital signage system that not only provides useful information but also takes fun photos.
Kaika brand potato shochu developed by Nishi Sake Brewing Co. (Provided by Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp.)
Sake, shochu makers enlist chemical firms to help develop pure high-quality brands
An increasing number of sake breweries and shochu distillers nationwide are forging tie-ups with chemical makers to develop new brands by taking advantage of the latter’s technologies.
In this Feb. 27, 2015 photo, a Chinese family walk past a China Dream billboard, showing messages pushed by Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration on display in Beijing. (AP Photo)
China's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy
BEIJING--China's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months Feb. 28, adding to signs the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.

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