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The Adviser: A Quarterly Update for Private Funds - December 2018
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6 weeks ago
DOJ Tells Tech Companies to Develop “Responsible Encryption”
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6 weeks ago
This is Peter Thiel’s favorite interview question
According to venture capitalist Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir, there’s one interview question to rule them all.,And it’s psychologically difficult because anyone trying to answer must say something she knows to be unpopular.,The question, in many ways, encapsulates the thesis of Thiel’s book.,In Thiel’s mind, his favorite interview question vets a candidate’s ability to think independently, which is a harbinger for an ability to innovate.,My own answer to the contrarian question is that most people think the future of the world will be defined by globalization, but the truth is that technology matters more.
qz.com 
6 weeks ago
Searching for New Atlantis in China
When did it become controversial to think different cities might be allowed to have different scientific regulations and rules about consent?,He suggested building a new experimental city that would operate by a different set of rules and regulations from the rest of the United States.,Remembering this experimental city speech by Page, the technology correspondent for the Financial Times recently concluded, "It is hard to imagine any tech executive voicing such an idea today.",Mark Lutter, a young Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, started a think tank this year dedicated to studying and promoting semi-autonomous jurisdictions—new cities—as a way to raise the standards of living for the worst off in the world, the Center for Innovative Governance Research.,A month later, over beer at a bar in the Financial District, the CEO of another tech company told me when he retired, he wanted to devote his time and wealth to starting new special economic zones that might bloom into new experimental cities one day.
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6 weeks ago
The Future of Japanese Tea: Sayama Tea Blends and Tea Culture in Japan
The main characteristics of the Japanese Green Tea

A subtle aroma, with many nutrients and a strong unique flavor, the Japanese tea has many positive effects and more antioxidants; it has cholesterol-lowering effects and helps preventing cancer.,The Japanese Green Tea has quite a few varieties and here are some of the main types:

Sencha is the most common type of Green Tea in Japan that has a well-balanced flavor,a yellowish light green clear color and the best choice to try if you just entered the world of green tea.,One of the finest quality blends with a pale transparent yellow color is the refined green tea Gyokuro, often compared to wine tasting as it should be consumed in small amounts to fully enjoy the mellow umami (highest quality flavor) taste and unique seaweed aroma.,Often used in Sadou (Tea Ceremony), matcha is a powder that dissolves in hot water; a vivid green tea with a rich, deep umami flavor and elegant refreshing aroma of green leaves that leave a sweet aftertaste.,To Wrap it Up

I am very thankful that I could participate in such a wonderful event that allowed me to discover new tastes and flavors and relax surrounded by beautiful people with different backgrounds and just have a cup of tea together while having a good conversation.
jpninfo.com 
6 weeks ago
3 ways Facebook and other social media companies could clean up their acts – if they wanted to
Our research into how social media can be exploited by manipulative political operatives, conducted with Joan Donovan at the Data & Society research institute, suggests the real problem is much larger than these companies admit.,Facebook, Google, Twitter and other social media companies have built an enormous digital influence machine powered by user tracking, targeting, testing and automated decision-making to make advertising more effective and efficient.,In particular, the leading social media advertising systems let political operatives experiment with different ads to see which are the most effective.,Targeting political ads is not unique to online advertising, but the tools of digital ad systems are vastly more powerful than traditional mass media.,As their first move, social media companies could stop allowing their ad services to be used as freewheeling experimental laboratories for examining their users’ psyches.
theconversation.com 
6 weeks ago
A Future With Less News
The Guardian, where he was named Editor in 1995, had long been owned by the Scott Trust, an umbrella organization formed by previous proprietors to support its costly, progressive journalism through other ventures.,Rusbridger sought to harness this through what he calls “open journalism”—reporting that actively encourages audience participation, prizes transparency in its processes, and updates readers with new information from outside sources.,The philosophy was particularly appealing to American liberals who felt misled by the press in wake of September 11, and The Guardian began racking up global readership that would come to rival that of The New York Times and Washington Post.,The Guardian had considered charging digital readers for content as early as 1996, but Rusbridger had long pushed back on the notion: “We were coming to believe we had to work out how journalism was best done in the twenty-first century before retreating to the apparent safety of nineteenth-century payment models (which might not, in any event, work for everyone now).”,Many digital publishers remain beholden to Facebook, Google, and other tech firms for page views, even while they report that those same companies’ algorithms reward fake news.
newrepublic.com 
6 weeks ago
The Deadly Soul of a New Machine
A tug of war follows between men and computer, at 450 miles an hour — the human pilots trying to right the downward plunge, the automatic pilot taking it back from them.,The jetliner crashes into the Java Sea.,It was a smart computer designed to protect a gravity-defiance machine from error.,We still don’t know the exact reason the pilots of that fatal flight couldn’t disable the smart system and return to manual control.,A report by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2013 found that 60 percent of accidents over a decade were linked to confusion between pilots and automated systems.
nytimes.com 
6 weeks ago
Book review: Copyright law and derivative works
"Why these two fields", you ask?,Perhaps, according to the author, it is because each of them investigates a different aspect of creativity: cognitive psychology focuses on creativity as awhilst genre theory centres on theof the creative process, i.e. the work.,(‘Genre theory’ (or ‘genre theories’) stems from the field of literary theory, studying the formation of ‘genres’ of creative expression,(p. 57)).,The author contrasts the tenets of cognitive psychology and genre theory with the legal doctrines of US copyright law with respect to the right of making a derivative work.,(NB: The analysis also references aspects of English copyright law in the latter part of the work regarding the evolution of the reproduction and derivative rights).
ipkitten.blogspot.com 
6 weeks ago
Former Nissan chairman Ghosn, CEO Saikawa signed documents related to payments: Asahi
TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Nissan Motor Co Ltd chairman Carlos Ghosn signed documents for the Japanese automaker to pay him 1 billion yen ($8.86 million) of deferred annual compensation after he left the company, the Asahi newspaper reported on Friday.,Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa signed other documents related to payments to Ghosn in the event of departure, the Asahi said, without citing sources.,Ghosn remains chairman and chief executive of French partner Renault SA.,Prosecutors on Monday plan to indict Ghosn and Kelly over the alleged underreporting of salaries in five annual reports through the business year that ended in March 2015, the Nikkei business daily reported earlier.,Ghosn and Kelly have not made any statements through their lawyers, but Japanese media reported they have denied the allegations.
reuters.com 
6 weeks ago
The Collateral Damage of Tumblr’s Porn Ban
Earlier this week, the blogging platform Tumblr announced it would be scrubbing itself of “adult content.”,The “adult content” Tumblr will be banning, the company wrote, “primarily includes photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts.”,Tumblr may be home to personal blogs, community forums, and foodie photo collections, but pornography makes up a huge part of its reputation.,As a reader who might be described as a member of the “cub” gay subculture wrote to me, “porn and related content on tumblr was the primary place I first saw more natural body types for guys.”,Besides Tumblr, he said, there hasn’t always been “any place guys who are average to larger without growing six packs could admire themselves and other guys.”
theatlantic.com 
6 weeks ago
New China Guideline for Internet Personal Information Security Protection
On 30 November 2018 the Cyber Security Protection Bureau, under the auspices of the PRC Ministry of Public Security (the “MPS”), issued a draft Guideline for Internet Personal Information Security Protection (the “Guideline”) along with a request for public comments.,Even though, upon reaching final form and taking effect, the Guideline will not be a mandatory regulation, it nonetheless has a key implementing role in relation to the PRC Cyber Security Law (the “CSL”) and the Administrative Measures for the Multi-Level Protection of Information Security (the “Multi-Level Protection Measures”) in respect of protecting information systems and personal information in China.,To achieve some unity across these disparate areas, the draft Guideline draws on (and cites explicitly) Information Security Technology – Baseline for Classified Protection of Information System (GB/T 22239-2008) and Information Security Technology – Personal Information Security Specification (GB/T 35273-2017).,In relation to management mechanisms, the draft Guideline requires a personal information controller to establish:

In addition, the draft Guideline lays down certain ground rules in relation to establishing posts in management bodies, the hiring of management personnel, the departure of management personnel, and external personnel access.,Technical Measures

In relation to technical measures, the draft Guideline requires that each personal information controller:

Specific Requirements/Processes in Handling Personal Information

The draft Guideline’s requirements in relation to specific requirements/processes in handling personal information mainly focus on personal information protection, including personal information collection, storage, use, third party entrusted processing, information sharing and transfer, disclosure and emergency response.
lexblog.com 
6 weeks ago
Nobel winner Tasuku Honjo sees bigger role for immunotherapy in battling cancer
Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo, who jointly won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his research on the immune system that contributed to cancer treatments, said Thursday that he believes most cancers will become treatable with immunotherapy by 2050.,The discovery by Honjo and Allison — on methods to inhibit negative immune regulation — established a new principle for cancer treatment that stimulates the inherent ability of the human immune system to unleash attacks on tumor cells, according to the Nobel Assembly.,Honjo said it may become possible to contain the growth of most cancer cells through such treatment, even if cancer cannot be completely eliminated, as he discussed the effectiveness of combination therapy using drugs in the development of which he and Allison were involved.,The checkpoint inhibitor therapy, studied by Honjo and Allison, a professor at the University of Texas, has revolutionized cancer treatment and drastically changed the view how cancer can be managed, according to the Nobel Assembly.,In commemorating Honjo winning the Nobel Prize, a fund was established at Kyoto University to support researchers engaged in basic medical research.
japantimes.co.jp 
6 weeks ago
“Vest” and Intellectual Property
Earlier this week I did the following tweet:

It was prompted by my despair at the umpteen different ways people find to say the same thing.,Here’s what Ned had to say:

“The Service Provider will own …” means the same thing as “shall vest”.,IP ownership is conferred under a contract in one of two ways: A contract can establish ownership rights through language of assignment (either present assignment using language of performance, as in Acme hereby assigns, or an obligation to assign) or because the contract otherwise meets specific requirements that result in a party owning the IP.,For example, a contract for specific services that meets the statutory requirements for a “work made for hire” agreement under U.S. copyright law will result in the hiring party being the owner and author of the work product (rather than the independent contractor who does the work), even absent words of assignment.,If the same work were performed without the contract—or with a contract that doesn’t contain the magic words work made for hire, then the contractor would be the author and, absent an assignment, the owner of the copyright in the work product.
adamsdrafting.com 
6 weeks ago
SoftBank rapped over service outage; issue seen as ‘serious’
The communications ministry is taking strict action against SoftBank Corp. after its mobile services were disrupted in some parts of Japan on Dec. 6 for about four and a half hours.,As the connection problems constituted a "serious incident" under the law, the ministry plans to give the company administrative guidance and require thorough efforts to take preventive measures.,"SoftBank needs to take the incident seriously as a telecommunications carrier providing vital services in people's lives.",Under the Telecommunications Business Law, any outage affecting 30,000 or more people for at least one hour is defined as a “serious incident.”,The law requires the responsible company to immediately report the incident and then submit a detailed report that includes preventive measures within 30 days.
asahi.com 
6 weeks ago
ByteDance In Talks To Raise $1.45 Billion For Startup Shopping Spree
China’s ByteDance, the world’s most valuable startup worth $75 billion, is in talks to raise the equivalent of more than $1 billion for its first venture fund to invest in artificial intelligence and media content, people familiar with the matter said.,The Beijing-based company, whose popular video app TikTok is growing in the U.S. and other overseas markets, seeks to secure about 10 billion yuan ($1.45 billion) for the new fund, the people said.,Of that amount, about 2 billion yuan would come from ByteDance, while the rest would be from outside investors.
theinformation.com 
6 weeks ago
Japan's New Corporate Governance Champions
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6 weeks ago
Fallout from Huawei CFO arrest continues
Fallout from the arrest of the arrest of Chinese telecom company Huawei’s chief financial officer has continued, with China accusing the US of “hooliganism”.,Chinese state-run media has reacted furiously to the arrest, levelling a number of accusations at the US even as the world’s two largest economies are involved in a bitter trade dispute that has rocked world markets.,State-run China Daily says the US is “trying to do whatever it can to contain Huawei’s expansion in the world” because of the company’s dominant place in the global market.,Another state-run outlet, the Global Times, says America is “resorting to a despicable rogue’s approach”, by “maliciously finding fault with Huawei” and damage the company’s reputation.,US national security advisor John Bolton has admitted to knowing about the arrest before it took place, and denied that Donald Trump had been informed.
theweek.co.uk 
6 weeks ago
Canada and France plan an international panel to assess AI’s dangers
As China and the United States battle to dominate the development of artificial intelligence, Canada and France are asserting themselves as leaders in the escalating ethical debate over the technology.,As G7 nations came together in Montreal this week to discuss the impacts of artificial intelligence, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mounir Mahjoubi, the French secretary of state for digital affairs, announced plans for the International Panel on Artificial Intelligence.,“If Canada is to become a world leader in AI, we must also play a lead role in addressing some of the ethical concerns we will face in this area,” Trudeau said at the end of the G7 Multi-stakeholder Conference on Artificial Intelligence.,Canada and France might not have the financial or commercial might of the United States or China, but they have played an outsized role in the recent development of artificial intelligence.,France announced its $1.85 billion AI plan earlier this year, while Canada invested $125 million into a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy (CIFAR), centered around new research institutes in Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto.
technologyreview.com 
6 weeks ago
Tesla Replaces General Counsel With Seasoned Trial Lawyer
Todd Maron, Tesla’s top lawyer and a confidant of Chief Executive Elon Musk, is departing the company after more than five years, the company said in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal.,“Being part of Tesla for the last five years has been the highlight of my career,“ Mr. Maron said in an email. ”,Mr. Maron joins a long list of senior executives to depart from Tesla in the past couple of years as the company worked under increasing strain to roll out its Model 3—a lower-cost sedan that Mr. Musk hopes will transform Tesla from a niche luxury brand into a mainstream player.,Tesla hired Mr. Butswinkas as outside counsel this year, as the auto maker dealt with the aftermath of Mr. Musk’s Aug. 7 tweets announcing he was considering taking the company private and that he had secured funding for such a transaction.,Tesla also agreed to put in place new oversight of Mr. Musk’s communications on topics that could be material and to appoint to two new independent board members by the end of the year.
wsj.com 
6 weeks ago
This Is No Drill
The first bomb fell a little before morning colors and by the time the attack was over, less than three hours later, the U.S. Navy had lost almost all of what it considered its capital ships.,Less than two months after that, at the battle of Midway, planes from three U.S. carriers sank four of the six Japanese carriers that had participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor.,The Japanese not only missed the U.S. carriers at Pearl Harbor, after two successful strikes on American ships and planes, they also passed up on a third that would have targeted fuel storage and repair facilities.,At one point in the months after Pearl Harbor and Midway, the U.S. Navy was down to one operational carrier in the Pacific.,Pearl Harbor is synonymous with surprise in war and, perhaps, the most successful — not to say audacious — surprise attack since that Greek stunt with the wooden horse.
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6 weeks ago
Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor to be indicted Monday: Nikkei
Prosecutors also plan to indict on the same day former representative director Greg Kelly as well as the automaker itself, the Nikkei said on Friday, citing unidentified sources.,Ghosn and Kelly’s detention period runs until Monday, when prosecutors must decide to indict, release, or rearrest them on new claims.,The Nikkei said the two former executives and Nissan would likely be indicted over the alleged underreporting of salaries in five annual reports through the business year that ended in March 2015.,Ghosn and Kelly are also likely to be rearrested on suspicion of making misstatements in reports for the subsequent three business years, the newspaper reported.,The Nikkei said making false statements in an annual report was a crime for which not just the individuals involved but also companies can be held accountable, and prosecutors wanted to charge Nissan for not preventing the alleged crime.
reuters.com 
6 weeks ago
SoftBank Seeks to Assuage Investors on Mobile Outage Before $23 Billion IPO
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6 weeks ago
Excerpt: Rare World War II maps reveal Japan's Pearl Harbor strategy - National Geographic
On December 1, Admiral Yamamoto gave aircraft carriers the go-ahead to bomb Pearl Harbor—one of several blows delivered simultaneously in a vast Japanese offensive that expanded World War II enormously.,Admiral Yamamoto drew heavily on that investment when he assigned six big aircraft carriers of Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo’s Mobile Force to launch more than 400 warplanes of the First Air Fleet against Pearl Harbor.,Iizuka took off with the second wave of attackers around 7 A.M. Not until he reached Oahu two hours later did the clouds break and allow him a breathtaking view of Pearl Harbor in the distance, wreathed in smoke as bombs dropped by the first wave shattered the peace.,Chiefs in Washington knew that Japan would soon wage war, and commanders at Pearl Harbor and elsewhere in the Pacific were warned that hostile action was “possible at any moment.”,Two aircraft carriers that Yamamoto hoped to attack at Pearl Harbor, U.S.S. Enterprise and U.S.S. Lexington, were away on the 7th because they had been sent to deliver warplanes to Midway and Wake Island.
nationalgeographic.com 
6 weeks ago
Tencent and Line Team Up to Counter Alibaba in Japan - Motley Fool
Tencent (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY) is partnering with Line (NYSE:LN) to provide mobile payment services to Japanese retailers according to a recent Nikkei report.,Line will lease out terminals that are compatible with Tencent's WeChat Pay platform to small to mid-sized restaurants and retailers that haven't adopted its Line Pay service yet.,Tencent and Line's team up counters a similar partnership between Alipay, Yahoo Japan (NASDAQOTH:YAHOY), Japanese telco SoftBank (NASDAQOTH:SFTBY), and Indian e-commerce services company Paytm.,Second, Line is trying to boost its revenue per user by expanding its ecosystem with a news feed, stickers, streaming music, comics, e-commerce services, and mobile payments via Line Pay.,There seems to be less downside in this deal for Tencent, which could boost its high-growth "other" revenues (mainly from its cloud and payment services) -- which rose 69% annually last quarter and accounted for a fourth of its top line.
fool.com 
6 weeks ago
SoftBank's Telecom IPO Is Very Overpriced, Says Asymmetric Advisors' Anvardzadeh
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6 weeks ago
FTC's Consumer Protection Bureau head cannot participate in investigations involving 120 companies like Facebook, Equifax, Uber, due to conflict of interest (Makena Kelly/The Verge)
—  Could Qualcomm replace Intel in your next Windows PC?,That's what Qualcomm's marketing department wants you to think about the new Snapdragon 8cx.
techmeme.com 
6 weeks ago
The Greatest Show on Earth: Tokyo 2020
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6 weeks ago
New Documents Show That Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust
A little context: in 2010, Facebook launched version 1.0 of the Graph API, an extremely powerful—and permissive—set of tools that third-party developers could use to access data about users of their apps and their friends.,Company executives proposed several different schemes, from charging certain developers for access per user to requiring that apps “[Facebook] doesn’t want to share data with” spend a certain amount of money per year on Facebook’s ad platform or lose access to their data.,Both before and after Facebook’s API changes, the documents indicate that the company deliberately granted or withheld access to data to undermine its competitors.,A significant portion of the internal emails mention Facebook enforcing “data reciprocity”: that is, requiring apps that used data from Facebook to allow their users to share all of that data back to Facebook.,Based on these documents, it seems that Facebook sucked up as much data as possible through “reciprocity” agreements with other apps, and shared it with insufficient regard to consequences for users.
eff.org 
6 weeks ago
China has invested millions of dollars in quantum encryption, which could be tougher to crack than today's security methods; the US is trying to catch up (New York Times)
—  This week, Qualcomm is hosting press and analysts on Maui for its annual Snapdragon Summit.,Sadly, we're not there, but a couple of weeks ago, Qualcomm gave us a preview of the news.
techmeme.com 
6 weeks ago
Selling Vintage Records in Tokyo
Noah Lewis’ Records specializes in early jazz, blues, country, doo wop, R&B and rock and roll dating from the 1920s to the 1960s, a mix of American roots music that Abe devilishly calls “pre-Beatles.”,His love of music drew him to Tokyo, where he landed a job at the famous Hi-Fi record store in Shibuya at age twenty.,Having developed a deep knowledge of roots music, Abe the aging punk took everything he’d learned about buying, pricing and selling records and opened his own store in 2001, at age thirty-one.,During the early 2000s, Abe and other Japanese used record store owners regularly traveled to the US to buy stock for their shops.,After he locked the store, Koya walked us through Shimokitazawa’s narrow streets, past pubs filled with music and young people, to a nearby izakaya called Furusato.
longreads.com 
6 weeks ago
Alphabet’s plan to bring the internet to the world is ready for the next level
A Loon balloon wafting towards its test area.Over seven years ago, the United Nations declared access to the internet a human right, but some 3.4 billion people across the globe still don’t have access.,The company managed to connect over 250,000 people to the internet—some who had never been connected in the first place—and kept balloons in the area for months.,Next year, Loon will work on connecting Kenya—it’s already installed much of the infrastructure it needs on the ground there—and other customers beyond that, and to increase the internet speeds the balloons can deliver.,Loon’s massive balloon launcher.And then there are efforts led by smaller organizations, like goTenna, which uses a similar concept to Loon (on the ground, however), to mesh together small receivers that allow people to connect to others.,Loon isn’t designed for a downtown area where people have other ways of connecting to the internet, but can be more economical for rural areas.
qz.com 
6 weeks ago
A Flynntriguing Sentencing Memorandum
The media whipped up a bit of a frenzy yesterday in anticipation of Robert Mueller’s filing of his sentencing memorandum in the case of Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who pled guilty to lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador and his work for Turkey.,The anticipation was understandable: Unlike some other Mueller targets, Flynn essentially vanished at the time of his plea in December 2017.,It seems that Flynn is cooperating in at least three ongoing investigations: a criminal investigation about which all details are redacted; Mueller’s investigation into “any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald J. Trump”; and at least one additional investigation about which all information is redacted.,Notably, however, the addendum does state that Flynn has “participated in 19 interviews with the SCO [Special Counsel’s Office] or attorneys from other Department of Justice [“DOJ”] offices,” which would be consistent with significant cooperation in a matter not under Mueller’s jurisdiction (emphasis added).,As to the first category, the addendum doesn’t provide any information that wasn’t already publicly known, but Mueller didn’t need to redact that portion because it dealt with matters related to the substance of Flynn’s plea itself; the question is what’s lurking behind that second set of redaction marks.
lawfareblog.com 
6 weeks ago
Finally, the Self-Driving Car
CHANDLER, Ariz.—Across Arizona Avenue from Waymo’s self-driving-car showroom sits the Crowne Plaza San Marcos hotel, which is allegedly haunted.,Every western boomtown has its ghosts, each wave of fresh pavement and new money disturbing the traces of what lived and died there before.,And now weaving past every green-glass office park, poolside condo, and mobile-home park is the ultimate symbol of newness, the self-driving car.,Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet, began testing cars here in early 2017, and the fleet has been growing ever since, serving a handpicked sample of the community through the “Early Rider Program.”,In the coming weeks, a growing number of Chandler residents beyond the Early Rider Program will be able to hail Waymos.
theatlantic.com 
6 weeks ago
History, Hot Springs and a Hamlet from a Bygone Era in Kagoshima
We had spent a few hours in Kagoshima on our way to Ibusuki, a hot spring resort famous for its sand baths.,Traveling through the southwest of Kagoshima Prefecture it is impossible to avoid countless statues, museums and other memorial halls dedicated to one or another of Satsuma’s famous leaders, such as Takamori Saigo, arguably Japan’s most beloved samurai and a leading figure during the Meiji Restoration.,Kagoshima and the powerful Shimadzu clan, which ruled Satsuma for nearly 700 years, were also central to the industrialization of Japan – a fact that is amply displayed at the Sengan-en Garden and Shoko Shuseikan Museum next door.,After an educational day at Sengan-en, we left Kagoshima to relax in the hot spring baths of Myoken Onsen and discover a bit of what some bemoan as “lost Japan.”,Wasure no Sato Gajoen is a lovingly restored complex of 10 thatched roof cottages, which serve as guest rooms, three stand-alone hot spring baths, a Japanese-style hearth where sake is served in bamboo stalks, open-air kitchen and other facilities that together re-create the atmosphere of a small mountain hamlet in Japan from a bygone era.
japonica.info 
6 weeks ago
Is ethical tech a farce?
Rather than building products that satisfy animalistic behavior, from screen addiction to fear mongering, tech nonprofits are building technology to fill gaps in basic human needs — education, human rights, healthcare.,Or as an early tech nonprofit Mozilla stated in its manifesto, technology that, “must enrich the lives of human beings.”,As the profit-focused tech community grapples with how to reverse its impact, and how to take a step back and consider building products with ethics in mind, tech nonprofits are the one clear example of ethical tech.,Those tech companies are laser-focused on educating those with perceived market value, whereas Khan is designed with the rest of the population in mind, and not just those who can afford it.,There are hundreds more tech nonprofits that value impact over profit and improve the lives of human beings.
*  techcrunch.com 
6 weeks ago
Japan’s Crusade for Corporate Overhaul Under Threat, Watchdog Says - Wall Street Journal
In the latest rankings by the Hong Kong-based Asian Corporate Governance Association, Japan tied with India for seventh place among 12 Asia-Pacific markets, down from fourth in the previous report two years ago.,Japanese corporate culture and executive pay have been in the spotlight since the Nov. 19 arrest of

Nissan Motor
Co.’s

then-chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of underreporting his compensation in the auto maker’s financial filings.,“The fact that the board of Nissan could turn on Ghosn and not take collective responsibility for that disclosure is quite striking,” said Jamie Allen, the governance association’s secretary general, at an event Wednesday in Hong Kong.,Mr. Allen said the episode shows that more Japanese boards need remuneration committees deciding executive pay and helping make sure proper compensation disclosures are in place.,Some investors say the attitude of executives and managers toward shareholders has improved at many Japanese companies.
wsj.com 
6 weeks ago
Authoritarians Are Exporting Surveillance Tech, And With it Their Vision for the Internet
It’s an insidious tool for population control, and its export—along with the export of other digital surveillance systems—is lending to the diffusion of an increasingly consolidated authoritarian model for internet governance and control.,This ZTE incident is the most recent in a long line, where surveillance technology from authoritarian countries—facial recognition software, internet monitoring tools, biometric sensors, and more—is exported elsewhere.,Exporting surveillance technology (and know-how) to other countries is a way to reinforce the sovereign and controlled vision for the internet—one where governments control the network within their borders, in an effort to control their citizens’ social, political, and economic behavior.,In doing so, these countries are laying the groundwork for their own domestic, internally-managed internets—fueling the “fragmentation” risk so many warn about, by which the global internet becomes less a place for open, global trade and communication and more a series of isolated networks controlled by sovereign states.,Surveillance technology exports to countries already prone to human rights abuses and authoritarianism further consolidates and upholds a sovereign and controlled vision for the internet within these countries.
cfr.org 
6 weeks ago
Nissan scandal has complex bearing on Japan's national interest
TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump's tirade against French President Emmanuel Macron on Nov. 13 raised more than a few eyebrows in the West, but also highlighted issues indirectly related to the national interest of Japan.,Just days later, Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Tokyo on allegations of financial misconduct, in a scandal that is inextricably linked to the French president's policy agenda.,Many Japanese commentators discussing the Ghosn scandal have urged Tokyo to step in to protect Japan's national interest, and the fate of the alliance has swiftly become a diplomatic issue.,There is no doubt that the car industry is of vital importance to the Japanese economy, and if Nissan faces the prospect of being swallowed up by Renault, there are likely to be calls for the purchase of more shares in the French company, or even stronger action.,"A clash between 'France First' and 'Japan First' policies could cause serious damage to both sides," said Masahiro Kohara, a professor at the University of Tokyo who has written on issues related to national interest.
asia.nikkei.com 
6 weeks ago
Boys' love to Pokémon: British Museum to host major show on manga
On Wednesday the museum announced details of a major show devoted to Japanese comic books and graphic novels to be staged in its huge temporary exhibitions space.,Nicole Rousmaniere, the show’s curator, said there was a manga out there for everyone, including “boys’ love”, “a very important part of Japanese manga”.,The books are generally less about sexuality and more about romance, said Rousmaniere, and there are many theories about why Japanese women are drawn to the boys’ love stories.,There will be unprecedented loans from Japan for the exhibition, the museum said, as well as a rendering of the Tokyo manga bookshop.,The director the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, said manga had forged a new international visual language and the museum was the perfect place for the show, given it cares for one of the finest collections of Japanese graphic art in the world.
theguardian.com 
6 weeks ago
Waymo Has Officially Launched a Self-Driving Taxi Service
On Wednesday, the company that grew from that effort, Waymo, launched a project of its own: Waymo One, a commercial self-driving car service powered by tech with more than 10 million miles’ worth of experience navigating public roads.,If they choose to move forward with the ride, a Waymo vehicle will drive itself to pick up the rider, who can bring with them up to two other adults and one child.,At first, a human will be in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, but they aren’t necessarily there for safety reasons — according to Waymo, the human is “riding along to supervise our vehicles for riders’ comfort and convenience.”,VIDEO

The Road Ahead

Waymo is one of the biggest players in the self-driving car industry, so the launch of Waymo One is a huge step forward for the tech as a whole.,And even though the service is currently limited to just one region and only a specific segment of the population, Waymo One offers us a glimpse of what’s to come: a future in which our roads are safer thanks to highly experienced, non-human drivers.
futurism.com 
6 weeks ago
Thomson Reuters to Layoff 3,200 Staff Through 2020, Close Offices and Eliminate Products – Which Legal Products Might Die?
Less than three weeks ago Thomson Reuters announced layoffs that impacted many Thomson Reuters executives and staff who I have known for years.,I had at least two conversations with high level executives at Thomson Reuters since that time who assured me that the layoffs were done.,Thomson Reuters Needs To Mange this Message

It is not immediately clear what this means for the legal market.,But two possible implications are:

I urge TR executives to get out in front of these news reports and advise their customers what this means for their suite of legal products and product support.,Here’s another clue – at least two of the executives associated with the West KM product were “let go” in the prior round of layoffs.
lexblog.com 
6 weeks ago
Internal Facebook documents show how the company makes deals for data
The UK Parliament today released a 250-page cache of previously sealed Facebook documents, revealing internal deliberations at the highest levels of the company, as executives including Mark Zuckerberg made crucial decisions on how to handle users’ data.,But the documents, released by British lawmaker Damian Collins, give a glimpse into how a company of Facebook’s scope makes decisions about deals surrounding data access, including when it decides to work with other companies — and when it decides to take action against them.,250-page cache from UK Parliament

In emails released as part of the cache, Facebook executives are shown dealing with other major tech companies on “whitelisting” for its platform.,“Facebook have clearly entered into whitelisting agreements with certain companies, which meant that after the platform changes in 2014/15 they maintained full access to friends data,” Collins writes in a note.,In one 2012 email, Zuckerberg pondered whether to change the company’s pricing structure for developers, noting that he was “getting more on board with locking down some parts of platform,” but also “generally sceptical [sic] that there is as much data leak strategic risk as you think.”
theverge.com 
6 weeks ago
Mark Zuckerberg personally approved cutting off Vine’s friend-finding feature
Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook staff to block the Vine video app’s friend-finding feature, cutting off access the same day that the service launched.,According to documents released today by the UK Parliament, Facebook executive Justin Osofsky proposed the move on January 24th, the same day the app appeared on iOS.,Vine users quickly noticed that its friend-finding feature was broken, and they surmised that it was part of an ongoing feud between Facebook and Twitter, since Twitter had cut off its own friend-finding features for Facebook’s recently acquired Instagram app.,Osofsky noted that Facebook had “prepared reactive PR” for its decision to block Vine’s API access.,That post didn’t mention Vine, but it called out a “much smaller number of apps that are using Facebook to either replicate our functionality or bootstrap their growth in a way that creates little value for people on Facebook,” compared to a larger pool of apps that “create personalized and social experiences, and easily share what they’re doing in your apps with people on Facebook.”
theverge.com 
6 weeks ago
Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse
Six4Three, a developer of a fairly gross app that sorted through your Facebook friends’ photos to find pictures of them in their swimsuits, sued Facebook after the company cut off access to its API in 2015.,The documents also lay out the degree to which Facebook made special deals with some developers to preserve their access to data after it became more restricted.,How else to explain the way Facebook evaluated the privacy risks inherent in collecting SMS and call records from Android users to improve the News Feed algorithm and the People You May Know feature, which suggests friends to users?,Here’s Adi Robertson:

According to documents released today by the UK Parliament, Facebook executive Justin Osofsky proposed the move on January 24th, the same day the app appeared on iOS.,In BuzzFeed, Charlie Warzel and Ryan Mac lay out charts from the document cache showing how a then-independent WhatsApp was crushing Facebook Messenger in adoption rates around the world:

More importantly, though, Onavo data from April 2013 showed that WhatsApp was heavily outpacing Facebook Messenger on mobile in certain areas.
theverge.com 
6 weeks ago
Shun Ishizuka's designs combine Western design influences for a Japanese context
Shun Ishizuka never trained in graphic design.,Since this springboard into print, he’s worked in commercial design making paraphernalia such as cards, invitations and envelopes, and currently works as a freelance designer in the cultural sector.,For Shun, influence comes in the form of Western aesthetics such as Soviet propaganda posters, Freemasons’ secret symbols and graffiti.,He merges these influences with Japan’s rich design context which results in culturally-rich material uniting European grid systems with Japanese type.,In turn, his design mixes genres of graphic design and obscures the boundaries between aesthetic schools of thought, often considering how stories and motions are composed which then informs Shun’s design treatment.
itsnicethat.com 
6 weeks ago
China protests ‘despicable hooliganism’ after arrest of Huawei executive  
BEIJING —  China called Thursday for the immediate release of a top executive at Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest maker of telecommunications network equipment, amid fears that her arrest in Canada could shatter the fragile truce in the trade war between Beijing and Washington.,The arrest, made on the same day that President Trump and China’s Xi Jinping sat down for dinner together in Buenos Aires to negotiate a way out of their trade war, is being viewed in China as politically motivated.,“Anybody can see that the United States is maliciously picking holes in Huawei, trying to give it a hard time using the American legal system,” said the paper, which often reflects the foreign policy views of the ruling Communist Party.,[Senior Huawei executive faces extradition to U.S. after arrest in Canada ]
The investigation into Huawei appears similar to a previous case against ZTE Corp., another Chinese telecommunications equipment company, which pleaded guilty last year to violating U.S. export sanctions on Iran.,More than almost any other company, Huawei has come to symbolize the potential and the threat of a rising China.
washingtonpost.com 
6 weeks ago
Firm Ranks in PitchBook’s 2017 Annual Global League Tables
Bryan Cave was ranked by PitchBook in multiple league tables in its 2017 annual Global League Tables report.,According to recently released figures, Bryan Cave is among the top law firms, based on deal counts, in the following categories:

PitchBook delivers data, research and technology covering the private capital markets and ranks publicly disclosed venture capital and private equity financings by deal location, sector and type.,“We are pleased to once again be recognized by PitchBook as one of the leading venture capital and private equity legal advisers in this highly competitive market,” said Boulder Partner Mark Weakley, head of the firm’s Technology, Entrepreneurial & Commercial Practice.,“These rankings are a reflection of our firm’s commitment to serving investors and entrepreneurs building innovative businesses across the world.,A complete list of PitchBook’s rankings is available in the 2017 Annual Global League Tables report.
startupbclp.com 
6 weeks ago
The Wind Down: a stage of life for start-ups
What follows is a summary of the options that should be considered for the wind down, ranging from an informal winding up to a bankruptcy filing involving a court appointed trustee:

Informal winding up: A state-law wind-down refers to an orderly disposition of assets under applicable state laws, administered by the company itself.,Creditors with questions and claims will approach the trustee and the court, rather than the company, and the bankruptcy binds all creditors through the court’s process.,The process is expensive, but it allows a company’s management to maintain control (subject to court approval) and to shield itself from creditors as it determines how to reshape the entity.,If a company has secured debt, any decisions concerning the wind down will be made as part of a negotiation with its creditors and driven by the perceived value of the remaining assets.,If a company becomes insolvent and fails to act to maximize enterprise value, its creditors may sue the officers and directors in a derivative action in the name of the company for a breach of their fiduciary duties.
startupbclp.com 
6 weeks ago
Major disruption hits SoftBank mobile service in Japan
SoftBank Group Corp. suffered a major disruption to its telecommunication service Thursday that lasted for hours and may have affected millions of users across Japan, including preventing people from making emergency calls to report a fire or request an ambulance.,The problem came less than two weeks before the telecommunication giant's mobile unit, SoftBank Corp, is scheduled to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in what could be the biggest-ever initial public offering in Japan.,Users began experiencing problems with phone and data connections at 1:39 p.m., and the issues continued throughout the afternoon until gradually being resolved from around 6 p.m., according to SoftBank.,The disruption caused some delays in parcel delivery services as drivers were unable to receive information regarding pick-ups and drop-offs, and caused problems for users of smartphone applications that require an internet connection.,Users of third-party firms that utilize SoftBank's network, so-called mobile virtual network operators, were also affected.
english.kyodonews.net 
6 weeks ago
These Automated Investing Tools Are the Future of Finance
With an automated investing tool, or “robo-advisor,” the investment choices are left in the (figurative) hands of sophisticated computer algorithms, which make decisions based on an investor’s preset parameters and long-term goals.,So whether you’re an investment noob who doesn’t know where to start, or a stock market veteran looking to lower costs, the following automated investment tools will help you create a brighter financial future.,Unsplash
Like other companies that offer automated investing, Swell allows customers to set general parameters based on their investment preferences and long term goals, and then takes care of the rest.,So if the idea of investing in companies that are focused on “green technology” or “disease eradication” is appealing to you, Swell is worth is an online marketplace that matches accredited investors (along with fund managers and various institutions) with high-quality private real estate loans, which are traditionally difficult to access.,Once approved, investors are able to quickly build a portfolio of real estate loan investments.
futurism.com 
6 weeks ago
China is about to land a spacecraft on the dark side of the moon
China is about to land a spacecraft on the dark side of the moon

If successful, the Chang’e-4 will be the first lunar lander to touch the far side of Earth’s natural satellite.,Going to the dark side: Once it's landed, Chang’e-4 will get up close and personal with the moon’s many far side craters.,The Chang’e-3 rover was the first spacecraft to land on the moon since the Soviet Union’s sample return mission in 1976, but it didn’t move far.,What’s next: China’s Chang’e 5 scheduled for launch next year will attempt to bring lunar samples back from its trip to the moon.,Next year we could likely also see the first private moon landing as Google’s Lunar XPrize contestants finally make their launch attempts.
technologyreview.com 
6 weeks ago
Megumi: The girl who never came home
Megumi Yokota, the subject of the film, was just 13 years old the night she did not return from badminton practice at her middle school in Niigata, Japan.,Sakie ran back to the family house, found a flashlight, gathered Megumi’s twin younger brothers, Takuya and Tetsuya, and set out in a search for her missing that Megumi had been robbed, injured in an accident, or even raped, an increasingly frantic Sakie ran up and down the streets of their neighborhood, calling out Megumi’s name.,‘In our hearts’

It was not until 1997, that a Japanese government official telephoned the Yokotas to share the bombshell information that Kim Hyon-hui had revealed 10 years before.,Photo: Jason Morgan



As the family digested the extraordinary news, the revelation that Japanese citizens were being held captive in North Korea landed like a bomb among the Japanese body politic.,Pyongyang had specifically sought young couples who would be able to bear and raise children who could speak perfect Japanese, but who would also be programmed to be perfectly loyal to North Korea: the perfect spies.
atimes.com 
6 weeks ago
Japanese Jackpot
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bloomberg.com 
6 weeks ago
Trump presidency a symptom of a deeper American problem
That said, I also thought the U.S. Constitution similarly clear when it came to depriving Americans of their lives without due process, which the president before Trump decided was OK when it came to executing bothersome citizens abroad by missile.,America’s Constitution was designed for the express purpose of preventing the federal government from becoming an intrusive behemoth equipped with a vast permanent military.,That being precisely the form of federal government Americans now have — their Constitution provides little useful guidance as to how it should operate.,Instead, America’s judicial overlords decided the Constitution meant something different than what it did in the past, resulting in a vast expansion of federal power.,Whatever constitutional norms the average American might consider sacred and inviolable — birthright citizenship, trial by jury, separation of powers, no taxation without representation, you name it — has at one time or another been (in some cases, is still being) bypassed or ignored in the governance of U.S. territories by the federal government, all with the blessing of the U.S. Supreme Court.
japantimes.co.jp 
6 weeks ago
Start-Ups Aren't Cool Anymore
At happy hours and class breaks, at the part-time MBA program I attend through the University of Texas at Austin, the conversation often drifts toward new business ideas.,(Use case: Compose your best friend’s happy birthday text the day before.),The majority of MBA students range in age from the mid-20s to the 30s; with all the discussion of start-ups and new businesses, it would seem that they’re living the millennial dream of entrepreneurship.,But it seems more often than not these days, the start-up ideas fail to take off.,When I check on my peers’ start-up proposals after a few weeks, I often find that their ideas have been abandoned, and that my classmates are focused on their steady corporate jobs.
feedproxy.google.com 
6 weeks ago
Google invests in Japanese AI and machine learning startup ABEJA
Google invests in Japanese AI and machine learning startup has made a rare investment in Japan after the company led a follow-on round for AI and machine learning startup ABEJA.,The company has raised $45 million in disclosed capital, according to Crunchbase, which leaves around $8 million unaccounted for — although that covers both the Google investment and a previous Series A deal in 2014, which was also undisclosed.,“Going forward, ABEJA and Google will collaborate on AI and ML solutions across various sectors, including retail and manufacturing, driving the application of AI solutions, along with further growth in the Japanese AI sector,” ABEJA said in a statement.,“ABEJA has strong technical capabilities and ML expertise, and is respected across the industry for its track record of collaboration and the effective deployment of its tech solutions,” said Shinichi Abe, Managing Director of Google Cloud Japan, in a pre-prepared statement.,Google did acquire startups in India and Singapore that include AI and ML capabilities, but those deals were aimed at growing its in-house product teams which are customizing and creating services for those growing local markets.
techcrunch.com 
6 weeks ago
Mueller's breadcrumbs suggest he has the goods (Garrett M. Graff/Axios)
—  NAPLES, Fla. — Most people from the Northeast move to Florida to get out of the cold.,Colleen Gill came to Naples because she heard the call of the wild.
memeorandum.com 
6 weeks ago
Rakuten Viki Inks Streaming Deals for Japanese Shows From Nippon TV, Asahi TV
Rakuten Viki, a streaming provider specializing in Asian TV shows and movies, has reached deals with major Japanese broadcasters Nippon TV and Asahi TV to bring a collection of their shows to audiences outside the country.,The collection of new shows coming to Rakuten Viki under the pacts include 10 series from Nippon TV and six from Asahi TV.,“These shows are a great fit for our platform, which has a proven ability to build communities around fandoms of content from around the world,” Sarah Kim, SVP of content and partnerships for Rakuten Viki.,For the shows from Nippon TV and Asahi TV, Rakuten Viki has streaming rights outside of Asia, mostly in the Americas and Europe, while some are also available in India and Oceania.,Additionally, the Viki platform’s Learn Mode language-learning feature, which is available directly on the video player, will now let fans learn Japanese while watching TV shows.
variety.com 
6 weeks ago
Facebook's Policy Team Steamrolled On FOSTA By Sheryl Sandberg's Personal Priorities
We've discussed a few times the big NY Times article on Facebook employing smear merchants against its critics, discussing how disappointing, if common this tactic is, and also talking about how it's a sign of a company losing its way.,As we've detailed for many, many months FOSTA was a disastrous bill that has made sex trafficking worse while simultaneously creating huge problems for free speech and for internet companies -- including Facebook, which has already been sued under FOSTA.,The original NY Times piece briefly mentions the FOSTA situation (referring to the bill's earlier SESTA name), suggesting that the decision here might have been driven by the smear merchant, Definers, angling for "positive content" about the company:

Definers had established a Silicon Valley outpost earlier that year, led by Tim Miller, a former spokesman for Jeb Bush who preached the virtues of campaign-style opposition research.,However, in a more recent article from Bloomberg, talking about how many within Facebook feel that Sandberg has repeatedly made decisions based on her own political standing, rather than Facebook's, the claim appears that Sandberg herself made the decision to go against the rest of Facebook's policy position on this one:

Sandberg has at times focused on her own priorities over Facebook’s, the current and former employees also said.,Or, as the head of Definers apparently believed, a good political move is to do something that damages your competitors...

While this is perhaps not out of the ordinary, it's quite disappointing and incredible that Sandberg's personal priorities may have been a key factor in passing a terrible bill that has already put lives in danger, free speech at risk, and harmed many internet companies through increased liability (including Facebook).
techdirt.com 
6 weeks ago
Silicon Valley Conglomerates? Really…Really?
“A lot of Silicon Valley firms — Amazon, Google, Facebook — they really are conglomerates.,Industrial conglomerates don’t have any advantage in applying its technology to a bunch of different industries.,— Professor Jerry Davis, University of Michigan Ross School of Business in an interview with the Axios about the end of industrial conglomerates.,BFC stands for Big F***ing Company is appropriate description than a conglomerate.,A conglomerate has many disparate businesses.
om.co 
6 weeks ago
How Bryan Goldberg Became Media’s Buyer of Last Resort
On the day before Thanksgiving, Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg got an urgent call from his counterpart at millennial news site Mic, Chris Altchek.,Mr. Goldberg, who was friendly with Mr. Altchek, had resisted getting involved previously because he didn’t want to participate in a bidding war.,Mr. Altchek asked Mr. Goldberg to step in.,And so within a week Bustle—known for female-focused culture and fashion content—reached a deal to buy Mic for less than $10 million, a fraction of its valuation from just 18 months ago of around $100 million.,It was confirmation of Mr. Goldberg’s self-styled status as the “buyer of last resort” in digital media.
theinformation.com 
6 weeks ago
SoftBank's Vision Fund to hire China team, set up mainland office: sources
The SoftBank-led Vision Fund is hiring an investment team to be based in China as the US$100 billion investment giant expands in one of the world's most vibrant tech markets, two people with direct knowledge of the move told Reuters.,HONG KONG: The SoftBank-led Vision Fund is hiring an investment team to be based in China as the US$100 billion investment giant expands in one of the world's most vibrant tech markets, two people with direct knowledge of the move told Reuters.,The Vision Fund plans to open its first China office in Shanghai next year, followed by Beijing and Hong Kong.,Earlier this year, the fund hired Eric Chen, who last worked as a Hong Kong-based managing director at private equity firm Silver Lake before setting up his own venture, to head its upcoming China team, the people added.,Since its first close on May 17 last year, the Vision Fund has invested in truck-hailing company Man Bang Group, Ping An Healthcare and Technology Co, a one-stop healthcare platform backed by Ping An Insurance Group, and most recently Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, China's largest media start-up managing news aggregator Toutiao and online short-video streaming app TikTok, the data showed.
channelnewsasia.com 
6 weeks ago
The ‘Next America’
That is: How do we govern the “Next America’’?,This is the Next America.,By 2020, it will be impossible to ignore the Next America.,This Next America will raise a whole web of new intertwined policy, legal, moral, ethical and privacy issues because of changes in technology, demographics, the environment and globalization that are reaching critical mass.,With the two telecom giants Verizon and AT&T now beginning to deploy 5G technology across the country, the metabolism of business, entertainment, education and health care will dramatically accelerate in the Next America, beginning around … 2020.
nytimes.com 
6 weeks ago
Space: A New Battleground for Japan
Increasing military use of satellites means that space is an integral part of many countries' defense strategies.,Japan’s space program has therefore focused on purely civilian objectives, with the sole exception of the use of commercial satellites for military data and communications, which has been allowed since the 1980s.,The defense authorities of the United States and other countries with space programs therefore operate systems for increasing Space Situational Awareness, monitoring debris in orbit and sharing information to help prevent collisions.,In this context, the prime minister’s declaration that space is “of vital importance” in the lead up to formulating the new defense guidelines, suggests an awareness that Japan’s defense systems need to acquire a new space capability to enable them to respond to modern warfare.,The fact that the prime minister has underlined the critical importance of space indicates a growing anxiety within the government that Japan must not fall behind in building a strategic capability in outer space at a time when the United States and China are actively developing their own programs.
nippon.com 
6 weeks ago
Sendai Mediatheque in autumn night
Designed by a well known Japanese architect, Toyo Ito, the Sendai Mediatheque building is to be admired especialy by nightime.,Winner of the prize “World Architecture Awards 2002 Best Building in East Asia”, the Mediatheque is a huge transparent cube illuminating the street with a warm light, harmonizing in autumn with the golden zelkova trees.
muza-chan.net 
6 weeks ago
Evil in Aristotle
And thus, it is not so much that there is one theory of evil, but rather that, for Aristotle, there are almost as many ways to talk of badness as of goodness ('The good is said in many ways'; Nicomachean Ethics 1.6, 1096a23).,Two of the most promising areas to locate some kind of extreme badness that might count as 'evil' in Aristotelian thought would be in metaphysics (the source or cause of all badness in the world, something that later Platonists and Christians worried about identifying) and his ethics and politics (the absolute worst individual and city).,9-10) where later thinkers attempt to integrate Aristotle's ontological categories with their more robust accounts of the nature of evil The second type of 'evil', moral and political, understandably receives much more attention in the book.,He then adapts Aristotelian ontological categories in order to make sense of good and evil as two species in human actions (as opposed to evil in the natural world which is a privation within the same genera).,The bestial (or brutish) state of character is perhaps the closest we get in Aristotle to pure human evil, resulting in behaviours such as murder, cannibalism and rape (VII.5, 1148b18-31).
ndpr.nd.edu 
6 weeks ago
Startups are raising too much money, says a veteran VC investor in India
“Founders first,” reads a poster at venture capital (VC) firm Matrix Partners India’s office.,The inclination towards entrepreneurs perhaps stems from the fact that before launching Matrix in 2006, its founder Avnish Bajaj had, in 2000, founded online marketplace Baazee.,Another factor that shaped Bajaj and Matrix’s investment philosophy is the several boom-and-bust cycles India’s startup ecosystem has gone through over the past decade.,In an interview with Quartz, Bajaj spoke about the investment environment in India, the quality of entrepreneurs here, and the companies he regrets not having backed.,Avnish Bajaj, founder managing partner at Matrix Partners India.Do you think there is enough capital in the Indian ecosystem?
qz.com 
6 weeks ago
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