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The Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad

Jaimie Seaton reports: After working as an environmental engineer for nearly 40 years, Ann Kuffner had had enough of corporate politics. She and her husband, Michael Brunette, who owned a contracting business, were overworked and burned out. [...]

Lost in Robo-Translation

Sue Halpern writes: A few days before I left for a trip to Japan with my husband, I signed up to rent a translation device called Pocketalk. According to a press release from January, when the device debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las [...]

[VIDEO] Japan Gets First Robotised Coffee House

Japan’s first Robot-Café opened its doors to media on Tuesday, (January 30), with a robot replacing the barista to serve coffee to patrons. Customers at “Henn-na Café,” meaning “Strange Café” in Japanese, have to [...]

Tokyo Cruise Offers a Step Back in Time

Yoshiaki Miura reports: A new Tokyo Bay samurai-themed cruise ship fashioned after those used by feudal lords back in the Edo Period (1603-1868) promises tourists visiting the nation’s capital an interesting contrast between modernity and [...]

Japan: Mannequin History Exhibition

Mannequins are the unsung heroes in fashion, designed on the whole to fade into the background to let the clothes sing. Having said that, an archaic mannequin is as instantly recognizable as the trends of yesteryear, which brings home just how much [...]