Nhk To Shelve Reception Fee Price Cut In Fiscal 2018-2020 Business Plan

NHK to shelve reception fee price cut in fiscal 2018-2020 business plan

NHK is moving to shelve lowering its reception fees as the public broadcaster debates its business plan for fiscal 2018-2020, it has been learned.

The NHK Board of Governors reportedly has no objections to the move, and the broadcaster is instead continuing to consider exemptions for low-income households and other trade-offs instead.

Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Watching Social Media Over Fear Of Fake News

Tokyo 2020 organizing committee watching social media over fear of fake news

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is monitoring social media trends ahead of the 2020 event to prevent the spread of flaming and fake news as well as to ensure the prompt delivery of correct information.

"In modern society, the voices of the public can be seen," a committee representative stated. "Therefore, we don't believe that we will be able to spend the next 1,000 days until the opening ceremony unscathed."

Japan Eyes Imposing Departure Tax Ahead Of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Japan eyes imposing departure tax ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

A Japan Tourism Agency panel on Thursday proposed imposing ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics a departure tax on people leaving the country.

An interim report submitted by the panel recommends that the tax be introduced by March 2020, and suggested an amount up to 1,000 yen ($8.8) per departing traveler.

Olympics: 2020 Men's Road Cycling Route To Pass Foot Of Mt. Fuji

Olympics: 2020 men's road cycling route to pass foot of Mt. Fuji

The men's road cycling race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is expected to cover a 270-kilometer route starting in the Tokyo suburbs of Chofu, going past Lake Yamanaka and the foot of Mt. Fuji, and finishing at Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, a source familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

According to the proposed route, the starting line will be near Musashino Forest Sport Centre and competitors will race along National Route 413 before going around the lake, Fuji Speedway and the base of Japan's highest peak before returning to the race circuit.

Oshiki And Nobel Prize Winner Shinya Yamanaka Collaborate To Support Tokyo 2020 Olympics

OSHIKI and Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka collaborate to support Tokyo 2020 OlympicsYOSHIKI and Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka have joined together for a special video interview in support of the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Launched by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in August, the "ONE TEAM PROJECT" is an endeavor to inspire and build enthusiasm for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, led by a unified team of the most important creators and innovators of Japan.

Simpler Judo Rules Unveiled Ahead Of Tokyo 2020

Simpler judo rules unveiled ahead of Tokyo 2020

The International Judo Federation (IJF) has reinstated a judo technique that was provisionally dropped, as part of its revised judo rules for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The technique, known as "awase-waza ippon," is essentially a combination of two waza-aris -- a controlled and accurate throw, or holding down an opponent on their back for a set period of time.

Tokyo Gears Up For 2020 Games With Parade, Illuminations

Tokyo gears up for 2020 Games with parade, illuminations

Rain in the capital didn't dampen the excitement on Oct. 28 at a commemorative event to mark the 1,000-day countdown until the opening of the Tokyo Olympics and get the anticipation flowing.

The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics will be held on July 24, 2020.

Ticket-buyer Data To Be Used To Ease Transit Congestion During Tokyo 2020

Ticket-buyer data to be used to ease transit congestion during Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee are considering using the data of event ticket purchasers to ease transport congestion during the games, it has been learned.

Furthermore, in anticipation of train congestion between ticket purchasers' homes and event venues during Tokyo 2020, it is also planned to ask firms and public offices to encourage workers to take part in staggered commuting and similar schemes.

Tokyo Marks 1,000 Days Until 2020 Olympics

Tokyo marks 1,000 days until 2020 Olympics

Tokyo marked 1,000 days to go until the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympics on Saturday, with countdown events held to set the mood for the games.

Tokyo's second Olympics will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events. The capital hosted the Olympics in 1964.

Mazda Rotary Sports Car Won’t Arrive Until Sometime After 2020

Mazda Rotary Sports Car Won’t Arrive Until Sometime After 2020

Mazda has said it won’t bring a rotary sports car like the RX Vision to market anytime soon, as it doesn’t have the proper resources to do so.  Mazda's head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, told media at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show this week that it cannot bring a production rotary sportscar to market in time for its centenary anniversary in 2020. The arrival of the RX-7 successor may hinge on the success of its new Skyactiv-X compression-ignition gasoline engine. If the innovative four-cylinder mill can make Mazda some money, it will move onward to its rotary RX Vision project.

"If we achieve success [with Skyactiv-X] probably we can have money enough to invest in the next challenge, then we can judge to go ahead," Fujiwara told Motoring. "It's going to be too late to make the RX-Vision for the centennial.”

Olympics: Tokyo To Become Carbon Free During Ceremonies Of 2020 Games

Olympics: Tokyo to become carbon free during ceremonies of 2020 Games

The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Tokyo will work towards becoming carbon free during the four days of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced the initiative Monday after an international meeting about global warming in Paris, emphasizing the importance to work to become a "fully sustainable city and to create a lasting Olympic legacy for future generations," according to the IOC website.

Lexus Ls+ Concept Previews Automated Driving Technology For 2020

Lexus LS+ Concept previews automated driving technology for 2020

The newest iteration of the Lexus luxury flagship, the 2018 LS, is on the stand at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, but it is also joined by a high-tech version. The Lexus LS+ is a concept that represents a lofty goal: to eventually eliminate traffic casualties. To help do that, the LS+ is equipped with "Highway Teammate" automated driving technologies that preview what is to come in consumer cars in 2020.

"Highway Teammate" tech allows the LS+ to drive under its own control on restricted access (motor-vehicle-only) roadways. It can take over driving duties from entrance ramp to exit ramp, says Lexus, including merging and lane changes. The tech also keeps the car in its lane, and maintains an appropriate following distance behind other vehicles, similar to today's lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control functions.

Toyota To Test Self-driving, Talking Concept-i Car By About 2020

Toyota to test self-driving, talking Concept-i car by about 2020

TOKYO — Toyota on Monday said it would begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to engage with drivers, as the company competes with tech firms to develop new vehicles. The car, whose concept model was unveiled earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will be able to converse with drivers, while building up knowledge of users' preferences, habits and emotions through deep learning, the company said. "By using AI technology, we want to expand and enhance the driving experience, making cars an object of affection again," said Makoto Okabe, general manager of Toyota's EV business planning division. Facing competition from rival automakers and tech companies to produce self-driving, intelligent cars, Toyota has committed $1 billion through 2020 to develop advanced automated driving and AI technology. The Concept-i model, a battery-electric car which will have a cruising range of 300 kilometers (180 miles) on a single charge, will be able to estimate the emotions and alertness of drivers by reading their expressions, actions and tone of voice. Using this information, the vehicle will be able to take over driving responsibilities when necessary — after assessing the driver is too tired to drive safely, for example — and also interact with the driver and passengers. Facing a future where car ownership may be overtaken by new mobility services, automakers are ramping up investment to develop AI capabilities to enhance the driving experience. Ford Motor Co. earlier this year invested $1 billion in Argo AI, a start-up set up by former employees of Uber Technologies' self-driving car development team, to develop an on-demand self-driving car service. General Motors has also been investing in AI startups. Honda and Softbank Corp announced last year that they were teaming up to use humanoid robotic technology in cars to enable them to communicate with drivers. Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu