Joseph names changes for match against South Korea at Asia Rugby Championship

26 Apr

KYODO – Frustrated Japan coach Jamie Joseph on Wednesday made a flurry of changes to his starting XV for this weekend’s Asia Rugby Championship match against South Korea. Joseph, who blasted his side for lacking heart and effort following last week’s 47-29 win in South Korea, introduced eight into his first team including World Cup […]

Naked selfie-detecting app Gallery Guardian tested

26 Apr

An app that can alert parents when a child takes or receives sexually explicit photographs has been developed. The BBC’s Chris Foxx tested Gallery Guardian ahead of its release on Wednesday, and asked creator Daniel Skowronksi how his software detects nude selfies.

MP asks Facebook to tackle ‘fake news’ as election approaches

26 Apr

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Collins recently launched a parliamentary inquiry into fake news An MP has urged Facebook to tackle fake news in the run-up to the UK’s general election on 8 June. Conservative MP Damian Collins expressed his concerns to the Guardian newspaper, saying fake news threatened “the integrity of democracy”. […]

Facebook again draws fire after Thai man broadcasts baby daughter’s murder

26 Apr

BANGKOK – Police in Thailand on Wednesday said they would discuss how to expedite taking down “inappropriate online content” after a man broadcast himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in a live video on Facebook. Two videos, which were available for nearly 24 hours before they were taken down, show Wuttisan Wongtalay hanging his daughter from […]

Shoko Chukin extended ¥19.8 billion in fraudulent loans

26 Apr

The government-affiliated Shoko Chukin Bank has discovered that 35 of its branches illicitly extended loans worth ¥19.8 billion under a low-interest financing program intended to help crisis-hit small businesses. According to a report released Tuesday by the bank’s third-party investigative panel, 816 loans were made by 99 officials at branches across Japan to ineligible borrowers […]

Toshiba planning to replace auditor after clashes over Westinghouse accounting

26 Apr

Toshiba Corp. is in the final stages of talks to replace its auditor after the technology conglomerate’s earnings reports failed to get audit certification, sources said Wednesday. Toshiba clashed with its current auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata, over accounting issues related to Westinghouse Electric Co., the tech giant’s troubled U.S. nuclear reactor unit that recently filed for […]

Court orders removal of man’s private information from online phone book

26 Apr

KYOTO – A court has ordered the operator of an online phone book site to delete its listing of a man’s name, address and phone number and pay him about ¥50,000 ($450) in compensation for damages. In handing down the ruling on Tuesday, presiding Judge Yukiko Ito of the Kyoto District Court said, “Information posted […]

‘Blade of the Immortal’: Film version of manga hit goes overboard in its execution

26 Apr

Based on Hiroaki Samura’s long-running (1993-2012) manga, the samurai swashbuckler “Blade of the Immortal” promises the sort of fun, over-the-top action that has long been a trademark of its director, Takashi Miike. However, it labors to deliver, including during the 300-against-1 fight scene shown in the trailer. Those praying this film would be a return […]

New documentary turns the lens on photographer Robert Frank

26 Apr

In 1957, aspiring photographer Robert Frank met Jack Kerouac at a party for the writer’s recently published novel “On the Road.” Frank himself had just come back from his own road trip, an eerily similar journey into the real heart of America. Funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Frank spent nine months driving more than 10,000 […]

Emergence of new generation bodes well for Summer Basho

26 Apr

I was honored to be asked by The Japan Times to write a sumo column as part of the 120th anniversary revamp. This paper was probably the first place I read about sumo and was an invaluable source of news back in the days of dial-up internet, when I first came to Japan. For those […]