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Zuckerberg meets LG, Samsung chiefs in Seoul as Meta ramps up AI ambitions

Feb. 28, 2024 09:10 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed cooperation on extended reality devices with LG Electronics executives on Wednesday as part of his visit to South Korea that highlights Meta's ambitions in artificial intelligence. South Korea is the second leg of...

A small drone flies into a damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor for the first time to study melted fuel

Feb. 28, 2024 08:20 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A drone small enough to fit in one's hand flew inside one of the damaged reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Wednesday in hopes it can examine some of the molten fuel debris in areas where earlier robots failed to reach. Tokyo Electric Power...

Japan had the fewest babies it has ever recorded last year. Marriages dropped steeply, too

Feb. 27, 2024 21:11 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The number of babies born in Japan last year fell for an eighth straight year to a new low, government data showed Tuesday, and a top official said it was critical for the country to reverse the trend in the coming half-dozen years. The 758,631 babies born in Japan in...

Services prepare to brief Secretary Austin on a plan to get Ospreys flying again

Feb. 27, 2024 17:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The military services will take a key step toward getting the V-22 Osprey fleet back in the air as they lay out their plans Friday to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for addressing safety concerns stemming from a fatal crash in Japan, three defense officials said. ...

Japan's moon lander survives a second weekslong lunar night, beating predictions

Feb. 26, 2024 19:58 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's first moon lander responded to a signal from Earth, suggesting it has survived a second freezing weekslong lunar night, Japan's space agency said Monday. JAXA called the signal, received late Sunday night, a “miracle” because the probe was not designed to...

FX reaches back over 400 years for its next ambitious series, adapting the hit novel 'Shogun'

Feb. 26, 2024 14:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When FX sent screenwriter Justin Marks a copy of James Clavell’s hit 1975 novel “Shogun” with the idea of turning it into a series, he initially couldn't put it down. That's because he was reluctant to pick it up. The book about a British navigator shipwrecked...

What to stream this week: Adam Sandler is in space, 'Elsbeth' sleuths and Japan shines in 'Shogun'

Feb. 26, 2024 00:06 AM EST

Adam Sandler playing an astronaut on a solo mission to the edge of the solar system in the sci-fi drama “Spaceman,” and Disney+'s animated coming-of-age story “Iwájú” set in the future in Lagos, Nigeria, are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you....

Taiwan giant chipmaker TSMC opens first plant in Japan as part of key global expansion

Feb. 24, 2024 03:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. opened Saturday in an official ceremony its first semiconductor plant in Japan as part of its ongoing global expansion. “We are deeply grateful for the seamless support provided by you at every step,” TSMC Chairman...

A watch that melted during the atomic blast over Hiroshima, Japan, sells for more than $31,000

Feb. 23, 2024 16:20 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A watch melted during the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, has sold for more than $31,000 at auction. The watch is frozen in time at the moment of the detonation of an atomic bomb over the Japanese city — 8:15 a.m. — during the closing days of World War...

Japan's Emperor Naruhito mourns the deadly Noto quake in a solemn birthday speech

Feb. 23, 2024 02:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Emperor Naruhito made his first speech to the nation since a deadly earthquake hit the north-central region of Koto, with a message marking his 64th birthday on Friday. The ceremonial monarch expressed grief for people affected by the Jan. 1 earthquake,...