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Singapore, Japan agree to deepen bilateral cooperation to fight Covid-19 pandemic

THE Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Friday issued a joint statement agreeing to deepen bilateral economic cooperation to secure supply...

Japan loves robots, but getting them to do human work isn't easy

REMOVING the tiny eyes that pockmark potatoes is dull, repetitive and time-consuming work - perfect, it would seem, for robots in a country where the population is declining and workers are...

East Asian powerhouses pledge to uphold free trade

Three East Asian powerhouses brought early cheer to their Christmas Eve summit yesterday, strongly championing the free trade regime that has been hit by global tensions.

Tokyo positions itself as untapped market for fintech startups

SOFT jazz music plays in the glitzy Cotton Club of Tokyo's Marunouchi district. But instead of fine diners, the Monday evening crowd is an eclectic mix of Japanese bureaucrats and fintech...

Alibaba's Jack Ma and Softbank's Masayoshi Son see people at the heart in age of AI

TOKYO - People will be at the heart of the digital age of artificial intelligence, two of Asia's top tech titans and investors said on Friday (December 6), as they urged a fundamental shift in how...

Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen

[TOKYO] Cash is king in Japan, and more so for the country's fast-ageing population who are still deeply reluctant to give it up.

It Changed My Life: Wagyumafia co-founder serves up beef a cut above the rest

Hisato Hamada is seated in front of the Guangzhou Mian Shi Wanton Noodle stall in Tanglin Halt, happily digging into what he pronounces to be the best wanton noodles he has ever tasted.

Singapore fitness start-up sets sights on Japan

Singaporean fitness start-up ELXR, whose flagship product is a four-month-old mobile app, has trained its sights on Japan after taking part in a six-week accelerator programme in Kobe run by the...

Japanese startup unveils 'affectionate' companion robot

JAPANESE startup Groove X, founded by an alumnus of SoftBank Group Corp's robotics unit, unveiled its first creation on Tuesday - a companion robot designed to make users happy.

Singapore must grow deep-tech start-ups: Expert

Not enough government money was pumped in to support deep-technology start-ups, a leading Singapore industry expert said yesterday, though the launch of government-owned firm SGInnovate marks a...

Fly me to the moon, says Japanese billionaire

Mr Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of Japanese e-commerce giant Zozo, wants to take with him six to eight international artists on the six-day odyssey, hailing from fields such as...