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TECH 03 Jul 2019 | 6:06 AM

Hoping to boost spending, Japan tries to sell shoppers on cashless purchases

When the baseball season kicked off in Japan this spring, fans of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles were faced with an inconvenience they'd never encountered before: the food and drinks stalls did not accept cash.

TECH 12 Jun 2019 | 3:00 AM

Amazon led a tax rebellion. A year later, Seattle is gridlocked

The wine was flowing as a group of Seattle’s business elite gathered at Bar Cotto, an Italian restaurant in the city’s trendy Capitol Hill neighbourhood, where the menu features an expansive selection of salumi and pizzas topped with truffle oil or Calabrian chili. The topic up for discussion: how to solve the region’s intractable homelessness crisis.