Magny-cours Up Next For Pata Yamaha

Magny-Cours Up Next for Pata YamahaThe Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are looking forward to returning to action at round eleven of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship in Magny-Cours, France this weekend following a successful one-day test after the last round in Portugal. Alex Lowes is determined to bounce back at the Pirelli French Round after a challenging weekend in Portimao, despite not being at 100% fitness. His teammate Michael van der Mark is ready to get back to racing after a weekend in the public eye at Aragon, hoping to build on the form that saw him score his maiden Yamaha podium last time out in Portugal.

Namie Amuro To Retire Next Year

Namie Amuro to retire next year

Popular Japanese singer Namie Amuro has announced that she will retire next September.

Amuro made the announcement on her official website on Wednesday, the day of her 40th birthday.

Nikon's Next Mirrorless Will Be A Full-frame Camera

Nikon's Next Mirrorless Will Be A Full-Frame Camera

It's safe to say that Nikon's mirrorless efforts haven't really paid off much for the company, unlike Sony or Fujifilm, but it seems that Nikon isn't quite done yet. In a recent interview with Chinese publication Xitek (via Nikon Rumors), it seems that Nikon's next mirrorless could make a huge splash as it will be of the full-frame variety.

As it stands it seems that only Sony has full-frame mirrorless cameras, but Nikon will apparently not be resting on their laurels. During the interview, they spoke to Nikon's R&D manager Tetsuro Goto who said that any future Nikon mirrorless camera will be of the full-frame variety.

Ex-dp Bigwig Hosono, Wakasa To Launch New Party Before Next Lower House Election

Ex-DP bigwig Hosono, Wakasa to launch new party before next lower house election

Former Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who left the largest opposition Democratic Party (DP) in August, is set to join with House of Representatives member Masaru Wakasa to launch a new party before the next House of Representatives election expected to be called for October, sources close to him said.

Three other legislators, including lower house member Hirofumi Ryu who has also left the DP, are expected to join them.

Danish Crown Prince, Princess To Visit Japan Next Month

Danish crown prince, princess to visit Japan next month

Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary will make a four-day visit to Japan from Oct. 9 to commemorate 150 years of bilateral diplomatic ties, the Japanese government's top spokesman said Tuesday.

During their official working visit, the couple will attend a luncheon with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as well as meeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

Mazda Outlines Next-generation Technology Plan

Mazda outlines next-generation technology plan

Mazda has outlined its plans for the next generation of its powertrains as well as its autonomous driving and styling outlook as it seeks to cement its position as a manufacturer that sees long-term viability in the internal combustion engine.

Hosting the Mazda technology forum in Frankfurt last week, the Japanese company reinforced its belief that the internal combustion engine will be around for decades to come, rationalising its position against fuel-efficient electrification of the automobile by showcasing what it dubs real world ‘well to wheel' emissions.

Baseball: Sarfate Rides Confidence To Next Level With Saves Record

Baseball: Sarfate rides confidence to next level with saves record

SoftBank Hawks pitcher Dennis Sarfate rewrote the record book on Tuesday, when he set Nippon Professional Baseball's single-season saves record with his 47th.

Sarfate closed out the Hawks' 6-5 win over the Orix Buffaloes with two 11th-inning strikeouts and a fly out. He began the day tied with the Chunichi Dragons' Hitoki Iwase and the Hanshin Tigers' Kyuji Fujikawa, who reached 46 in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

Mazda And Toyota To Partner On Connected-car Infotainment

Mazda and Toyota to partner on connected-car infotainment2018 Camry, next-gen Mazda 3 to debut new systems

Japanese automakers Mazda and Toyota are planning to collaborate on a inter-connected vehicle infotainment platform for their next-generation vehicles, according to a new report.

Following the two companies buying shareholdings in each other a month ago while announcing plans for a joint factory in the US and co-development of electric vehicles (EVs), the new article by Japan’s Nikkei claims the manufacturers are set to share a core platform for in-vehicle navigation, media, and smartphone connections.

Abe, May To Discuss Next Steps On N. Korea In Tokyo

Abe, May to discuss next steps on N. Korea in Tokyo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and British counterpart Theresa May are set to discuss their plans to address the security threat from North Korea in talks in Tokyo on Thursday.

At their summit during May's first visit to Japan since she took office last year, they are also likely to affirm their thoughts about how economic and trade ties between their countries should evolve in light of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.

Abe, Trump "completely Agree" On Next Steps Over N. Korea

Abe, Trump

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in the early hours of Thursday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump have "completely agreed" on their next moves to tackle the threat from North Korea, following the North's launch of a ballistic missile across Japan into the Pacific Ocean.

"I cannot tell you about our forthcoming response to North Korea, but we have just completely agreed on it," Abe told reporters at his office after holding the second telephone call with Trump in as many days.

Toyota To Debut New Performance Division Next Month In Japan

Toyota to debut new performance division next month in Japan

There was a span of about 10 years where Toyota was essentially out of the sports car business. That's no longer the case, with models from the Toyota 86 to the Lexus RC filling out the automaker's model range. Next month, Automotive News reports, Toyota will debut a new performance division, essentially the Toyota equivalent of Lexus' F division or BMW's M cars. While we get Toyota Racing Development vehicles here in the U.S., it's unclear if this new line of sports cars will be available outside of Japan.

With all the hype surrounding the return of the Supra, it would be a shame if some high-performance variants were limited to the Japanese market. Toyota is working to improve and expand its image beyond building safe, reliable but ultimately uninspiring vehicles like the Camry and the RAV4, though the new Camry appears to be moving in the right direction.

Rapid Growth And Strong Co2 Emissions Reductions Inspire Next Phase Of Honda's Green Dealer Program

Rapid Growth and Strong CO2 Emissions Reductions Inspire Next Phase of  Honda's Green Dealer Program

Building on its commitment to minimize the environmental impact of its products in every phase of their life cycle, Honda is launching the next phase of its Environmental Leadership Program, or Green Dealer Program, to provide independently-owned U.S. Honda and Acura dealers with new tools to evaluate and measurably reduce energy and water use, saving money while enhancing their environmentally-responsible business operations.

The program, launched in 2012, offers a refreshed website with cumulative CO2 reduction data, an updated Green Dealer Guide, and new benchmark metrics for evaluation, in addition to existing support for data collection, environmental assessment, expert advice, implementation, and results verification.

Monster Hunter Xx Demo For Nintendo Switch Arrives Next Week

Monster Hunter XX Demo For Nintendo Switch Arrives Next Week

For those who are fans of the Monster Hunter franchise, you might have heard that in May, the folks at Capcom announced that Monster Hunter XX would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. If this is something that you might be interested in, then know that starting next week, the demo of the game will be available.

This means that gamers who want to take the game for a spin before buying it can do so starting from the 10th of August. The game itself will be released on the 25th of August, but the demo will be available via the eShop before then. However if you might recall, Capcom did state that the game is currently only slated for a release in Japan.