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  • Singapore tests eye scans at immigration checkpoints: reports

    japantimes.co.jp 06 Aug '18, 6am

    SINGAPORE – Singapore will scan travelers’ eyes at some of its border checkpoints, local media reported Monday, in a trial of expensive technology that could one day replace fingerprint verification. It is the latest in a series of high-tech initiatives in the city-state — some of whi...

  • Foreign Minister Taro Kono meets with North Korean counterpart in Singapore

    Foreign Minister Taro Kono meets with North Korean counterpart in Singapore

    japantimes.co.jp 03 Aug '18, 2pm

    SINGAPORE – Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Friday that he briefly spoke with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho in Singapore in an apparent attempt to pressure Pyongyang on the abduction issue. As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is willing to hold direct talks with North Korean leader...

  • Bertrand Lavier’s ‘Medley’ blows hot and cold Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo gallery https://t.co/QdSkfhSnM6

    Bertrand Lavier's 'Medley' blows hot and cold

    japantimes.co.jp 01 Aug '18, 2am

    Seeing Bertrand Lavier’s “Medley” at the top floor Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo gallery in the early evening, with the twilight glowing through the tinted windows, feels very special. The filtered ambient light fights a losing battle against a brilliant blue and mauve glow from the neon...

  • Comfort for the sole: More salarymen opting to wear sneakers on the job

    Comfort for the sole: More salarymen opting to wear sneakers on the job

    japantimes.co.jp 20 Jul '18, 8am

    More Japanese are wearing sneakers to work as companies look to improve the health of their employees. In a country where rigid dress codes often place an emphasis on conformity, the sneaker trend can be seen as a breath of fresh air. Numerous kinds of sneakers are hitting the shelves...

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    State actors likely behind Singapore cyberattack: experts

    japantimes.co.jp 23 Jul '18, 12pm

    SINGAPORE – State actors were likely behind Singapore’s biggest-ever cyberattack, security experts say, citing the scale and sophistication of the hack, which hit medical data of about a quarter of the population. The city-state announced Friday that hackers had broken into a governme...

  • 'Modinomics' stumbles

    japantimes.co.jp 14 Jun '18, 9pm

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected to lead his nation three years ago, riding on his reputation as a man of action and reformer who could get the country’s economy moving. For a short while he succeeded: India posted 9 percent growth the year after he took office, making ...

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    Modi's actions fail to live up to his words

    japantimes.co.jp 14 Jun '18, 9pm

    If designed right and implemented properly, GST has the potential to create a single continent-sized national market of 1.3 billion people, slash red tape, lower compliance and transaction costs to ease the cost of doing business, widen the tax base (at just over 11 percent, India’s t...

  • Nobel Peace Prize winner ICAN offers to pick up tab for Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

    japantimes.co.jp 04 Jun '18, 7am

    SINGAPORE – Nobel Prize-winning anti-nuclear campaign group International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has offered to pay for the cost of the historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, including the hotel bill for the impover...