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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...

Japan's FamilyMart Uny to buy 20% of rival Don Quijote for $2.6b

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese retailer FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co said it had offered to buy a 20 per cent stake in rival Don Quijote Holdings Co for 211.9 billion yen (S$2.63 billion), as the two...

Top business school founder Yoshito Hori started small in a rented room

Yoshito Hori raised US$8,000 from his friends and began a night school with his flat as office in 1992.

Japan shuns sharing economy, but tech start-ups find a home

Japan has been criticised for not embracing the sharing economy, but it is drawing attention among venture capitalists, investors and tech start-ups as the new frontier market for other...

Singapore is ideal partner to test new tech: Heng Swee Keat

Singapore's single-layer system of government means it can be more decisive about testbedding new technology than most other countries, and this makes it an ideal partner for countries to test out...