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Year of the Drone

A horde of flying robots converged on the city of Chiba this spring. Some had tiny cameras mounted on the front or underside, while others displayed spacious compartments designed to hold cargo. Though they revealed a surprising variety of designs, almost all were fitted with three or more propellers, allowing them to flit about and hover like bees or hummingbirds. They were there to take part in …

Turning Things Around for Japanese Companies: An Interview with Komatsu’s Sakane Masahiro

As part of its “Abenomics” program, the government recently launched a growth strategy designed to get the country’s economy moving again. Former Komatsu president Sakane Masahiro was one of the advisors on the government panel that helped to draw up the plan. We spoke to him about the impact of Abenomics and the challenges facing the Japanese economy.

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