SoftBank’s mobile service outage affected millions of users in many parts of Japan on Thursday afternoon. Sweden’s manufacturer Ericsson apologized and said its equipment fault was to blame for the disruption.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Tuesday showed a capsule that was successfully released from an unmanned cargo spacecraft and landed in the Pacific Ocean earlier this month. JAXA collected experiment samples from the capsule for analysis.
The city of Osaka won a race to host the World Expo in 2025, beating out cities in Russia and Azerbaijan over 2 rounds of voting in Paris on Friday. The western Japanese city held the event in 1970, which attracted 64 million visitors.
Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on Monday on suspicion of falsifying securities reports. The automaker said an internal investigation found that he had understated his compensation and misused company assets for many years.
Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways pledged to take measures on Friday to prevent heavy drinking by flight crew in response to recent incidents involving alcohol-affected pilots from the two major airlines.
China’s state-run news agency on Wednesday unveiled the world’s first artificial intelligence news anchors to deliver the news 24 hours a day. The robots are designed to simulate the voice, facial expressions, and gestures of real-life broadcasters.
The government plans to keep the consumption tax rate at 8 percent for daily necessities such as food and beverages after the planned tax hike to 10 percent in October 2019. It is also considering offering 2 percent rebates for cashless payments at small and medium-sized operators for a limited period.
Banksy’s painting “Girl With Balloon” passed through a shredder hidden inside the frame moments after it sold for 1.04 million pounds at a London auction in early October. The winning bidder has decided to stick with her purchase of the self-destructed work, which has now been retitled “Love Is in the Bin.”
Tokyo’s 80-year-old seafood market, Tsukiji, closed on Saturday to move to its replacement site on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. The new Toyosu market is scheduled to open on October 11, with many shop owners and workers still doubting its safety.
U.S. rocket company SpaceX on Monday introduced Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as the world’s first passenger on a lunar trip planned for 2023. The 42-year-old founder of Japan’s largest online fashion mall, Zozotown, said he intends to invite six to eight artists on a five-day journey around the moon.