Nissan said Tuesday that the Leaf surpassed 400,000 sales, making it the first electric vehicle to hit that sales plateau. Of course, it's also had a hefty head start over its closest competitors, the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt, having first gone on sale in late 2010, and it has a few other advantages as well. Not to rain on the Leaf parade or anything.
Now in its second generation and sporting improved driving ranges, Nissan says Leaf owners have driven their cars more than 6.2 billion collective miles, equating to an estimated savings of 3.8 million barrels of oil per year. The battery-powered hatchback is now available in more than 50 markets across the world, with six new markets coming on board during the first half of 2019 in Latin America, and seven across Asia and Oceania by year's end. The Leaf was the best-selling EV in Europe in 2018 and the top-selling vehicle of any kind in Norway last year, Nissan says.
The PV for EXILE ATSUSHI's new song "Suddenly" has been uploaded onto YouTube.
"Suddenly" will be released together with RED DIAMOND DOGS' "RED SOUL BLUE DRAGON" as a double A-side single on November 28. The PV tells a story of an unforgivable love, and ATSUSHI wore special make-up to play the part of a 60-year-old man. Actress Konno Mahiru stars in the PV as the woman who falls in love with ATSUSHI.
HYDE has revealed the short trailer for his new song "FAKE DIVINE."
This song will be released as HYDE's new single on October 24. For the PV, HYDE proposed the motif of "Alice in Wonderland" with a Halloween vibe. He transforms into the Mad Hatter who sings "FAKE DIVINE" in the underworld. The PV also features other characters of "Alice in Wonderland" such as Alice, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, and Queen of Hearts.
Weather officials are calling for continued caution over gusts and high waves in northern Japan even though typhoon Jebi has become a low pressure system off Hokkaido.
The Japan Meteorological Agency says Jebi turned to a low pressure system at 9 AM on Wednesday as it was moving away from the Japanese archipelago.
In western Japan, more than 180 people are dead and dozens are still missing almost a week after torrential rain led to flooding and landslides. Now, there are new fears that reservoirs in Hiroshima Prefecture could burst amid rising water levels.
Officials have ordered people in the cities of Higashihiroshima and Fuchu to evacuate their homes. It comes following reports that separate reservoirs burst on Wednesday. That turned out not to be the case.
Former NMB48 member Umeda Ayaka has become an instructor at Hokkaido High School of Arts, Yokohama Satellite Campus.
On May 8, Umeda announced on Twitter, "I have become the instructor of performance for the dance & vocal course at the Yokohama Satellite Campus of Hokkaido High School of Arts. I start tomorrow. It's the first class in my life! And I'm a teacher!! I am nervous, but I will do my best!"