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Going to Japan? Your fingerprint is your new debit card

That's because the government will start testing a new payment system in which tourists verify their identities and pay for goods and services by touching their fingertips against a reader.

The idea is that by eliminating the need to carry cash and credit cards, crime will be reduced.

As The Japan News reports, the system aims to roll out completely by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Here's how it will work. As a tourist, you would register your fingerprints and other data like credit card information when you arrive at the airport in Japan.

Japan continues support of PNG preparation for APEC 2018

Japan’s Ambassador to PNG Morio Matsumoto said that through a non-project grant aid program, Japan can further assist PNG in preparation for hosting APEC 2018 meeting.

This is a major event with logistic capacity including vehicles for transportation of participants, especially very important people.

Matsumoto announced this today during the signing of the exchange notes of a K13m (five hundred million Japanese Yen) Grant to implement the Economic and Social Development Program.

PNG receives K13m from Japan for development program

The grant, five hundred million Japanese Yen, is also for the provision of buses that will assist with transport logistics during the APEC 2018 meeting.

The Exchange of Notes for implementing the Social Development Program was signed today between Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato and Japan’s Ambassador to PNG His Excellency Morio Matsumoto.

The provision of buses and education materials through this non-project grant aid program is in line with the development plans of the Government.

PNG and Japan to take lead at LNGA meet

The conference will be officially opened by S. Iswaran, Minister of Trade & Industry (Singapore), followed by high profile Ministerial Addresses by Ben Micah,  Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Papua  New Guinea and  Yuki Sadamitsu,  Director Petroleum & Natural Gas Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and a Keynote Address by Yuji Kakimi, President of JERA Co., Inc.  on March 15, 2016.

In addition,  Kumul Petroleum Holdings, CEO, Wapu Sonk  and Kawasaki Kishen Kaishas GM of LNG, Captain Akira Shoji  are other key speakers from these two countries. 

Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

There were concerns that right-wing extremists may try to disrupt the opening. But the crowd at Theatre Image Forum in Tokyo, a small theater that specializes in independent films and documentaries, was peaceful, appearing engrossed in the film, flinching at the torture scenes and sympathizing with the hero, Louis Zamperini.

The distributor said in a statement that it decided to go ahead with the showing because various views on war should be expressed, and because it was unnatural for a movie about Japan not to be shown in the country.

Stadiums unveiled for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

A winner will be chosen later this month, the Japan Sports Council said in a statement.

"(The winning design) will be selected by the end of December after further examination by a committee consisting of architectural experts and ministers," said Council president Kazumi Daito.

"We want to create a stadium that can be loved by everyone in the world."

In July, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the Government was ditching Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid's "bike helmet" stadium design, which had been projected to cost 150 billion yen ($2.02 billion).

Emperor’s 82nd birthday celebrated in PNG

The event was attended by Japan's Ambassador to PNG Morio Matsumoto, representatives from other embassies including Australia and the United States, Japanese people living in PNG and other stakeholders.

Akihito is the reigning Emperor of Japan, the 125th Emperor of his line according to Japan traditional order of succession.

Mr Matsumoto said at this age, Emperor Akihito remained actively dedicated to his official duties.

He spoke about the good relationship between PNG and Japan and how both countries had agreed on further strengthening of bilateral cooperation.

PNG Power should diversify sources: Japan

Currently the Ramu grid power supply is inadequate to meet the demand, causing frequent blackouts to customers in Morobe, Madang and parts of the Highland grid.   

Japan International Cooperation Agency, which funded the study at a cost of K8.8 million stated on its website that, “power supply to the Highlands and Momase region is unstable, interruptive and unpredictable power supply’’.

“In fact, the installation capacity for the Ramu System in terms of power generation stands at 188 MW but the actual capacity remains low at 89 MW today.”

Japanese Robot Annoys People Until They Talk To It

The robot’s small body looks a bit like a stylized version of the Pixar lamp, a pedestal with a bendy column and an oblong face. In the middle of the face sits a single unblinking eye, so that Talking Ally can maintain eye contact with its person. A second, tucked-away camera tracks the human’s face. Servomotors and springs give the robot a surprising range of movement.

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Preserving our cultural heritage

Not far from that church building on the hill adjacent to Qantas House, the National Museum and Art Gallery was fighting a losing battle to prevent the demolition of another building.

When bulldozers finally went to work, they crushed 100 years of religious history for the United Church. The Church’s first ever building, erected shortly after the arrival of missionaries, came tumbling down and its remnants were carted off to the dump.

The United Church said then, it had no funds to maintain the building.