Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday that the government will suspend its tourism promotion program in areas where infections are spreading rapidly. Japan’s COVID-19 cases have reached record levels since the campaign started.
NTT Docomo said on Thursday that it will compensate victims who had money stolen from bank accounts linked to its e-money service. The Executive Vice President admitted that their measures to check users’ identities were insufficient.
Telecom operators in Asia and Europe on Wednesday suspended taking pre-orders for Huawei’s new smartphone models equipped for next generation 5G networks, following Washington’s decision to restrict the Chinese giant’s access to US software and component suppliers amid a trade war with Beijing.
Seven-Eleven Japan and Lawson, two major convenience store chains, announced on Monday that they decided to stop selling adult magazines this summer ahead of the Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics. The move is aimed at maintaining a positive impression of the country among foreign visitors.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has set a record for the most retweeted tweet by promising to share 100 million yen among 100 randomly selected people who followed his account and retweeted the post. His tweet has been shared for over five million times so far.
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.
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.
A new law regulating private lodging businesses took effect on Friday to cope with a shortage of accommodations amid a growing number of foreign tourists. The law allows anyone to lease their rooms for up to 180 days a year if they register with their local government in advance.