Google achieves AI ‘breakthrough’ at Go

Media captionGoogle’s DeepMind division has achieved a landmark in AI A Google artificial intelligence program has beaten the European champion of the board game Go. The Chinese game is viewed as a much tougher challenge than chess for computers because there are many more ways a Go match can play out. The tech company’s DeepMind

Zika ‘could become explosive pandemic’

Media captionJulia Carneiro has been speaking to expectant mothers. US scientists have urged the World Health Organisation to take urgent action over the Zika virus, which they say has “explosive pandemic potential”. Writing in a US medical journal, they called on the WHO to heed lessons from the Ebola outbreak and convene an emergency committee

Needle-phobic transplant ‘world first’

A British woman has become the first person in the world to have a pancreas transplant because of a severe needle phobia, her doctors have said. Sue York – who has had type-1 diabetes since she was seven – would shake uncontrollably and vomit when injecting herself with insulin. Ms York told the BBC’s Victoria

Embattled economy minister Amari resigns over graft claims

Embattled economic minister Akira Amari on Thursday resigned over a graft scandal involving the misappropriation of funds within his office, dealing a hard blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet. The resignation of Amari — a key engineer of Abenomics and mastermind of Japan’s successful bid last year to reach a landmark 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership

British School in Tokyo evacuated after bomb threat

An emergency evacuation order was issued at an international school in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward on Thursday afternoon after a bomb threat was received. About 800 people evacuated from the British School in Tokyo and neighboring buildings due to a phone call in which a male voice speaking a foreign language threatened to bomb the school,

Yakuza member arrested over 3-year-old’s death

A 20-year-old member of a yakuza syndicate, who was arrested in Tokyo on Wednesday over the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, is believed to have previously abused the boy, police said Thursday. The Metropolitan Police Department sent the case to prosecutors the same day. Naoya Nagatomi, a member of a group affiliated with major

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in style

The Westin Tokyo hotel is offering a sophisticated lineup of elegant promotions for couples seeking to have a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day celebration. French restaurant Victor’s — decorated in classic European style — will be serving a limited Valentine’s Day-themed full-course dinner to remember. Guests will get to enjoy the gracious scent of cacao

Surging Lightning edge Maple Leafs

TAMPA, Florida – Andrei Vasilevskiy had an outstanding performance with his parents watching him live for the first time in an NHL game. Vasilevskiy made 30 saves, Steven Stamkos scored his 21st goal and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 on Wednesday night. “I showed them I can play in the