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Lisa Du

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5 Mar 2019 | 2:00 PM

The AI cameras that can spot shoplifters even before they steal

It’s watching, and knows a crime is about to take place before it happens.

A demonstration of Vaak’s AI crime prevention system. — Bloomberg
30 Aug 2018 | 3:00 PM

Wanted: Your DNA

Nestle, the company that brought you milk chocolate, Maggi instant noodles and Rocky Road ice cream, is worried about your health.

4 Jul 2018 | 4:21 PM

Top Japan fashion site bets big on private brand, body scanning

Japan’s largest e-commerce company is betting that it has found the key to selling clothes online: a size-measuring bodysuit and its own line of clothing.

18 Apr 2018 | 2:30 PM

Beauty companies put money into technology M&A to fuel sales

Shiseido Co, the Japanese firm that sells Laura Mercier cosmetics and Dolce & Gabbana fragrances, sold 1tril yen (RM36.25bil) worth of beauty products last year, mostly in traditional stores where customers can sample brands in person.

In China, e-commerce already accounts for 25% of Shiseido’s business, said Uotani, and in three years will rise to almost 40%. For Shiseido worldwide, 15% of sales will happen online by 2020, up from 8% last year, he said. — Reuters
28 Feb 2018 | 7:00 AM

SMAP star’s Instagram foray marks weakening grip of Japan TV ads

Shingo Katori commanded the adoration of millions of fans across Asia as a member of SMAP, one of Japan’s most successful boy bands. After decades as a ubiquitous TV presence, he finally decided in November it was time to get an Instagram account.

9 Feb 2018 | 2:30 PM

Twenty six-year-old woman who doesn’t code creates Asia’s hottest game

Japanese frogs are proliferating across Asia. The good news is, they’re not an invasive species, nor are they real.