May 24, Friday, 2024

1. Visitors to next year’s world expo in Osaka will be able to pay for their items in shops and restaurants through facial recognition. Event organizers say users will first need to download an app to register photos of their faces with payment methods, like credit cards. The customers will look at cameras at shop counters when they are ready to leave. Payments are approved after the device identifies their faces.
2. Consumer prices in Japan rose in April but at a slower pace for a second-straight month. A major factor was food prices rising moderately following steep gains.
3. Representatives of four Japanese companies have visited the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to discuss reconstruction projects in the country. The group included officials from companies that make landmine detectors and landmine removers. Others were from firms that deal with the reconstruction of infrastructure.