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She may have become an overnight Internet sensation, but the director of the upcoming game Ghostwire: Tokyo brings a bevvy of experience - and a rich philosophy - to the games she creates.

How Dynamic Developer Nakamura Ikumi Won The Internet

News   By Robin Griffin  ·  June 14, 2019 • Tagged with technology, women, business, people, video games

She may have become an overnight Internet sensation, but the director of the upcoming game Ghostwire: Tokyo brings a bevvy of experience - and a rich philosophy - to the games she creates.

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Bring Me To Life: How 2.5D Musicals Bring Anime and Manga to the Stage

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  May 06, 2019 • Tagged with anime, manga, entertainment, theater, technology, business

Many live-action manga and anime adaptations are received poorly. So how has musical theater captured the imagination of fans worldwide?

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Why Do Japanese Programmers Get Paid So Little?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 26, 2019 • Tagged with business, technology, software, money

Programmers, systems engineers, and software architects can command great salaries around the world. Japan, however, is a different story...

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Nissan Wants an Avatar in Every Car by 2025

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 19, 2019 • Tagged with technology, business, economy

Will people be projecting themselves into your car in six years? Engineers at Nissan are betting yes.

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Is AirBnB Japan Back From the Dead?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 14, 2019 • Tagged with travel, business, economy, money, technology

The popular service took a nosedive after a new law passed last year. Listings have returned - but should travelers be concerned?

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A Buddhist Temple in Kyoto Gets Its First Android Saint

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 25, 2019 • Tagged with technology, robotics, religion

If you were planning to join the Buddhist priesthood because a robot took your job...welp, I've got some bad news for you.

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As Tourism Skyrockets, Japanese Airline Equips Baggage Handlers with Power Suits

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 13, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, tourism, travel, airline, tech, technology, robotics

Cyborg baggage handlers? An influx of foreign visitors forces one airline to find an inventive way to handle the load.

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QR Code of the Gods: Will Tech Save Religion in Japan?

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  November 28, 2018 • Tagged with religion, faith, culture, shinto, buddhism, technology

From drone-riding Buddhas to monk rentals on Amazon, Japan's temples and shrines are finding unique ways to stay solvent during uncertain times.