Category Archives: International

Asia’s Booming Pod Hotel Market

  Capsule hotels, once thought the domain of overworked underpaid Japanese salarymen, have exploded across Asia. Creative designs for small sleeping spaces have attracted a broad spectrum of customers from young creatives to high-end business travelers. Source: Asia’s Booming Pod Hotel Market Projected To Reach $226M — Why Are Travelers Downsizing?

This Tiny Country Feeds the World

The Netherlands, at only 1/270th the size of the US, is the world’s second largest food exporter by value…behind only the US. How did they do this? It’s all about the efficiency. Source: This Tiny Country Feeds the World

Agribusiness Goes High-Tech

Silicon Valley is digging around for new startups to grow and is betting the farm that high-tech agribusiness won’t be small potatoes for long.  Big data and AI are being applied in more and more ways to better understand how we can improve agricultural systems around the world. Source: Agribusiness Gets Less Hands-on and More High-Tech […]

MARIA Featured as FMG Agency’s Top Teen Talent in Audition Magazine

Tokyo, Japan:  Rising teen actress, MARIA (first from right), was prominently featured on the FMG Talent Agency’s promotion page in Audition Magazine.   Maria recently appeared as the struggling hurdler in Mrs. Green Apple’s music video, “In The Morning.”  The “In The Morning” CD/DVD album, released by Universal Music in late 2016, is available for sale across Japan and […]

Artificial intelligence beats humans for the first time in poker | The Japan Times

In a high stakes battle for world dominance, artificial intelligence has finally bested humans in the game thought to be our last hope for supremacy:  poker. Source: Artificial intelligence beats humans for the first time in poker | The Japan Times

Why Bill Gates Says Chickens Are the Answer to Global Poverty

Bill Gates, number one on Forbes’ Billionaires list, has a solution to reverse global poverty–chicken farming! Gates suggests that even a single chicken per household can change the economic circumstances for an incredible number of families around the globe. Source: Why Bill Gates Says Chickens Are the Answer to Global Poverty – and the Reason He’s ‘Never Raised’ One Himself

Bangladeshi Inventor Creates Electricity-Free Air Conditioner Out of Plastic Bottles

What a brilliant idea to repurpose plastic drink bottles into low-tech, low-energy air conditioners!  If it works as claimed, it could also be applied in other areas to cut current electricity demand. Source: Bangladeshi Inventor Creates Electricity-Free Air Conditioner Out of Plastic Bottles

GEORGE FRIEDMAN: A crisis is brewing that will tear the global system apart

George Friedman, a geopolitical forecaster and strategist, and founder and former chairman of Stratfor, a prominent consulting firm to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, has some sobering predictions for us…and it doesn’t sound good. Source: GEORGE FRIEDMAN: A crisis is brewing that will tear the global system apart – Business Insider

It’s Do or Die for the Bulls

Watch the video, “It’s Do or Die for the Bulls” on Yahoo Finance. The Bank of Japan just shocked the markets. Investors around the world were hoping for more stimulus. Instead, they got the worst news possible: ‘helicopter money’ is illegal in Japan. Source: Right now, it’s do or die for the bulls | Watch the […]

Japan worried about 2020 problem, or life after the Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is gearing up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with gusto, investing in everything from stadiums to electric cars, and expecting an economic bonanza from a construction frenzy and an influx of visitors. Source: Japan worried about 2020 problem, or life after the Olympics