Lucasfilm Joins Forces With Six Major Brands To Launch Worldwide Promotional Campaign In Support Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Lucasfilm joins forces with six major brands to launch worldwide promotional campaign in support of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

SAN FRANCISCO — Lucasfilm announced today that it is teaming up with six of the world's most well-known brands—Christian Louboutin, General Mills, Nissan, Royal Philips, Verizon and VIZIO—for the launch of an extensive global promotional campaign in support of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opening on December 15.

"Our promotional partners have come up with some very exciting, imaginative campaigns to support The Last Jedi, and we can't wait to share them with fans," says Lylle Breier, Sr. Vice President, Global Marketing Partnerships, Walt Disney Studios.

Honda To Add 300 New Jobs, Invest $267 Million To Support Increased Auto Manufacturing In Ohio

Honda to add 300 new jobs, invest $267 million to support increased auto manufacturing in Ohio

Associates at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. (HAM) today celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2018 Honda Accord with an announcement of new investments and jobs to support manufacturing of the 10th generation Accord, America's best-selling car of the past 41 years.

Honda invested $267 million and is adding 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new Honda Accord and to increase production at the Marysville Auto Plant (MAP). The investment total includes $220 million at MAP for new technologies and processes, including a new $165 million weld department featuring 342 state-of-the-art welding robots and $47 million at Honda's nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant for production of the 2018 Accord's 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines, the first application of turbo power to the Accord lineup.

Komura Calls For Iran's Support On N.korea

Komura calls for Iran's support on N.Korea

An executive of Japan's main governing party has asked Iran to cooperate in stepping up pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile programs.

Masahiko Komura, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, is in Iran as a special envoy for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Iran has diplomatic ties with North Korea.

Netflix Adds Hdr Support For The Xperia Xz1

Netflix adds HDR support for the Xperia XZ1The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was the first smartphone to ship with a 4K HDR-enabled display. The HDR feature is limited to certain apps, including Amazon Prime and Netflix. Other manufacturers have also jumped on board with their own HDR displays recently, most notably with the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Abe Reshuffles Cabinet To Boost Support, Picks Kono As Top Envoy

Abe reshuffles Cabinet to boost support, picks Kono as top envoy

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his Cabinet on Thursday in an attempt to regain public support hurt by a series of scandals including a cronyism allegation against him, appointing veteran lawmaker Taro Kono as foreign minister and reinstating Itsunori Onodera as defense minister.

Apparently reflecting Abe's hopes for stable policy management, the Cabinet lineup contains many old faces including Finance Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the top government spokesman.

Abe, On Hot Seat Amid Sagging Support, Denies Favoritism Claims

Abe, on hot seat amid sagging support, denies favoritism claims

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, facing a grilling from opposition lawmakers amid sagging support for his Cabinet, denied Monday favoritism allegations against him that have been blamed for his party's losses in two recent major local elections.

Abe told an ad hoc session of the House of Representatives Budget Committee that he was not asked by a friend for help in opening a new university department, and that he did not instruct government officials to benefit the friend's school operator.

Pioneer's Rayz & Rayz Plus Headphones Get 'hey Siri' Support

Pioneer's Rayz & Rayz Plus Headphones Get 'Hey Siri' Support

With Apple choosing to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 (and presumably future models), this means that users need to start looking for wireless headphones, or headphones with a Lightning connector, which admittedly are few and far in-between compared to "regular" models.

Now Pioneer is a company that makes headphones with the Lightning connector, such as with the Rayz series of earbuds. Now if you were considering the earbuds, you might be interested to learn that Pioneer has recently issued an update for the headphones in which the Rayz and Rayz Plus headphones will now support the "Hey Siri" command.

Canon Opens Its 'most Advanced' Service & Support Center Yet In Burbank

Canon opens its 'most advanced' service & support center yet in Burbank

Today, Canon officially opens the doors to its latest and greatest Professional Technology & Support Center, a state-of-the-art facility in Burbank, California. Canon is calling this facility its "most advanced cinema industry resource to date."

"Evolving from what began at Canon's original Hollywood facility, the new state-of-the-art Canon Burbank facility provides these customers with enhanced technical environments and accessible service and support," explains Canon. "Canon Burbank is poised to support Canon's clients' productivity through a dynamic mix of product evaluation and testing, product & workflow training, industry events and expedited repairs."

Subaru To Launch New 'eyesight' Safe Driving Support System

Subaru to Launch New 'Eyesight' Safe Driving Support System

Subaru Corp will make improvements to its "Eyesight ver.3" safe driving support system and equip the new "Levorg" wagon and new "WRX S4" sports sedan to be announced in July 2017 with the system as a standard feature.

The two vehicles will be capable of the "level 2" automatic driving in a single lane of expressway.

Support Groups, Advocates Call For Pregnant Teens To Be Allowed To Continue Education

Support groups, advocates call for pregnant teens to be allowed to continue education

Is it really all right for high school students who become pregnant to be forced to drop out? Support groups are beginning to shine a spotlight on Japanese social norms that lead to poverty and limited access to education for teen mothers.

Many students who become pregnant are treated as voluntarily dropping out by their high schools, but the actual situation is well understood by neither the national nor municipal governments. Experts say that there is a high possibility that students who have been forced out of school will struggle to make ends meet, leading to their children growing up in poverty, and therefore they are calling for change.

Support Groups Call For Jr To Improve Barrier-free Access On Bullet Trains

Support groups call for JR to improve barrier-free access on bullet trains

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approaching, support groups for people with disabilities are calling on Japan's railway operators to improve barrier-free access on their Shinkansen bullet trains.

Under Japanese law, bullet train operators are required to designate at least one wheelchair location per train car, and all the various Japan Railway (JR) companies running Shinkansen report they are meeting this requirement. They differ only in the type of accommodation, with cars equipped with either "wheelchair seating" or a "multipurpose room" being the most common, allowing for up to two wheelchair users per car in the majority of cases.

"conspiracy Bill" Passes Lower House With Ruling Bloc Support

A controversial bill to penalize the planning of serious crimes passed through the House of Representatives on Tuesday with a majority vote from ruling parties, despite opposition protests citing possible abuses of power by law enforcement authorities.

After clearing the lower house, the "conspiracy bill" is expected to be sent to the House of Councillors, or upper house, on Wednesday, with the ruling bloc seeking its passage during the ongoing Diet session through June 18.