Few new movies, small crowds: Can AMC and B&B theaters survive the pandemic?
At AMC Town Center in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kan., the 20-screen complex has a few recent offerings: There’s a new comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Rob Riggle, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” and a thriller with Russell Crowe.But it’s the oldies that tell the story of how the coronavirus pandemic has shaped the movie theater industry. The multiplex is showing classics like “The Shining,” “Hocus Pocus” and “Monsters, Inc.,” all more than a quarter-century past their initial theater debuts.The lack of new releases has been a major impediment for movie theaters, which have been uniquely ...
The Kansas City Star
Smartphone-compatible pedestrian crossing lights to make Japan safer
In efforts to make its rapidly ageing population safer in the streets, Japan is planning to upgrade thousands of pedestrian crossing lights so that they can communicate with smartphones.The "smart" crossing light can let a visually impaired pedestrian know whether it has turned red, yellow or green via their smartphone, both with an acoustic alert as well as with vibration.Police want to upgrade 2,000 lights at the start of the new fiscal year, in April, the business newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun says.In Japan, there are already about 24,000 crossing lights that will make a loud sound when th...
ANA, Peach Aviation to launch joint cargo flights in Japan in Nov.
All Nippon Airways Co. and Peach Aviation Ltd. under ANA Holdings Inc. will launch joint cargo flights in Japan in November as part of restructuring steps to make up for a sharp drop in passengers amid the global coronavirus pandemic, sources familiar with the move said Monday.The development comes as the major Japanese carrier is seeking to streamline its business rocked by the pandemic, which is now expected to prompt the parent company to forecast a record net loss of around 530 billion yen ($5.1 billion) in the year through next March.ANA Holdings is also planning to reduce ANA's internati...
Japan aims for net zero emissions by 2050
Japan's new leader has announced plans for the country to become neutral in terms of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.New Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga revealed the new target in his first parliamentary speech as premier.The previous government had aimed for an 80-per-cent reduction in emissions by the same year."We must change our approach," Suga said.He argued that proactively making structural changes to industry and businesses would enable strong economic growth.Japan would henceforth seek to widely develop its renewable energy sources, reduce the reliance on coal, and put the focus when i...
Paytm sets up own app store as Indian start-ups fight Google domination
By Atul RanjanNEW DELHI, NNA - Once a favored partner with Indian start-ups and app developers, Google is now facing a growing rebellion as they band together to fight the predominance of the internet behemoth in the app store arena.At least 150 app players are in the midst of forming an association to give them more clout as they accuse the American tech giant of tamping down the growth of local start-ups which need nurturing and support.The immediate trigger of the protest was Google’s decision in September to start charging a 30 percent commission on sales in new categories of app services ...
NNA Business News
Jazz pianist Butch Thompson celebrates new album while battling memory loss and hand disease
MINNEAPOLIS — Pianist Butch Thompson is happy. He’s so sanguine that, in the course of an hourlong telephone conversation, he said “happy,” “glad” or “lucky” so many times that he almost sounded giddy.The mustachioed Minnesota jazz institution is happy because he made his return to the concert stage last weekend for the first time since February. He’s glad because he’s celebrating a new album with the Southside Aces. He’s lucky (his word) and grateful (his wife’s word) because he still gets to play piano for people even though he’s dealing with two debilitating challenges: memory loss that he’...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Sagan vs Shonan Ends in Stalemate Once Again
Both Sagan Tosu and Shonan Bellmare once again played out a stalemate in their second J.League 1 encounter in a week, this time drawing 2-2 at Tosu's Ekimae Real Estate Stadium on Sunday's only Matchweek 24 game. Having previously played out a 0-0 draw at Shonan's Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka on last Wednesday's rescheduled match, the two J1 strugglers were once again forced to share the spoils, however unlike the first encounter, the second match between these two saw an exchange of goals that saw Tosu leaving it deep into the second half to salvage themselves a point.With the abolishment of ...
Football Tribe Asia
Another Perspective On Daily Life: Meet Photographer Tatsuya Tanaka
Shooting Photographs for Nine Straight YearsTatsuya Tanaka, the world's first "miniature" photographer, is drawing attention from all over the globe. He is the author of Miniature Calendar, a book on shooting one photograph a day for more than nine years.His works are completely original, and provide a unique view of the world. How does he do it?A Miniature PhotographerMr. Tanaka was born 1981 in Kumamoto, graduated from university as an art major, and became the art director at a design firm.Making plastic models and collecting miniature figures were his hobbies, which led to him posting phot...
Kataoka Byobu: Traditional Folding Screens With Japanese Design
Craftsmanship Passed Down by TraditionLocated on a street one minute away from Tokyo Skytree is the city's only byobu (folding screen) shop: Kataoka Byobu (Japanese). Here, there are ten artisans that work hard to preserve this Japanese traditional craft.The byobu is a decorative folding screen used as home decor or to partition a room. For this article, we interviewed Koto Kataoka, the third-generation owner of Kataoka Byobu. His unexpected modern fashion sense was different from my traditional image of a craftsman, but once he started describing his work, it was clear that Mr. Kataoka was a ...
Learn From Takamatsu Artisans! 5 Ways To Enjoy Bonsai
Bonsai: A Living ArtBonsai is an art form that involves trimming and treating a potted plant.The tradition originated over 2,000 years ago in China. After reaching Japan, bonsai evolved with the teachings of Zen Buddhism. Today, its popularity has spread across the globe.Since this "living art" has cultivated a long history, it has a great deal of depth to explore!According to a Japanese bonsai specialist, "Bonsai are living beings. If you fail to water them, they will begin to wither. They also require pruning to maintain their shape. As you continue to take care of your bonsai, they become m...