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LINE Pay Enters the Fray

The now ubiquitous Japanese messaging app LINE has unveiled it’s “LINE Pay” service in June, and announced that it would be expanding its financial services. LINE is partnering with megabank Mizuho to offer banking services: LINE will own 51% of the bank and Mizuho will own the other 49%. Additionally, it was announced that LINE Pay services will now work cooperatively with Chinese financial giant Tencent’s WeChat Pay.

Yusaku Maezawa: Moon Tour to Contribute to World Peace

Last month, Japanese billionaire and founder of clothing website “Zozotown” Yusaku Maezawa announced that he would be SpaceX’s first tourist passenger. Yesterday, Maezawa held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, in which he outlined his goals for his circumlunar mission.

Outlawing the Terminators

Terminators are closer to becoming a reality than most people realize. Killer robots are being developed around the world as next generation weapon systems. If this trend goes unchecked, experts say it could jeopardize international security and, in the long run, perhaps pose a threat to the future of humanity itself.

Drones: The New Age of Farming

Over the past year, developers have been working in northeastern Japan to create and test drones that can aid farmers in their tasks of working the fields. These drones are able to hover above the ground and distribute pesticides to the rice fields, making the job more efficient.

Recent AI Developments May Raise Privacy Issues

With the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reaching a turning point. At the same time, the rapid emergence of AI may bring about special concerns regarding the infringement of personal privacy.