Robot tractors demonstrate their capabilities in Iwamizawa, on Hokkaido, Japan. Photograph: The New York Times

Removing the tiny eyes that pockmark potatoes is dull, repetitive and time-consuming work – perfect, it would seem, for robots in a country where the (...)

Taro Aso, Japan’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, speaks during a news conference announcing the governments planned military spending. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government approved a record €35.6 billion military budget on Wednesday, with outlays rising for a third year (...)