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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.

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Is Japan Ready For The 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  November 14, 2018 • Tagged with sports, olympics, culture, finance, money, weather, technology, business

How is Japan preparing to handle not just the sudden influx of foreign visitors, but the excitement of hosting the biggest international event in the world?