Celebrities Bid Farewell To Late Johnny Kitagawa

Celebrities bid farewell to late Johnny Kitagawa

Japanese celebrity performers bid farewell to the late Johnny Kitagawa, the man who helped to launch the careers of a number of male pop idols.

Kitagawa founded the talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1962. The agency produced SMAP, Arashi and many other popular groups.

Suga Comments On Trump Reelection Bid

Suga comments on Trump reelection bid

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has declined to comment on US President Donald Trump's official launch of his re-election campaign.

Suga told reporters on Wednesday that he will refrain from speaking about US domestic affairs.

Abe En Route To Iran In Bid To Ease Tensions

Abe en route to Iran in bid to ease tensions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left Tokyo for Tehran amid rising tensions caused by the rift between Iran and the United States.

Abe spoke to reporters at Haneda Airport before he left on Wednesday morning.

Emperor, Empress Bid Farewell To Trump, First Lady

Emperor, Empress bid farewell to Trump, First Lady

Japan's Emperor and Empress bid farewell to US President Donald Trump in Tokyo on Tuesday as his state visit came to an end.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visited a hotel in central Tokyo where they were first greeted at the entrance by US Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty.

Court Still Examining Ghosn's Bid For Bail

Court still examining Ghosn's bid for bail

The Tokyo District Court is still deciding whether to grant bail to former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Lawyers representing Ghosn filed a second request for bail with the Tokyo court on Friday. The court turned down their initial request earlier last week.

Sapporo's Withdrawal From Games Bid Accepted

Sapporo's withdrawal from Games bid accepted

The International Olympic Committee has accepted a request by the northern Japanese city of Sapporo to pull out of the bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

The IOC also acknowledged the city's plan to join the bidding to host the 2030 Winter Games.

Abe Announces Bid For Another Term As Ldp Chief

Abe announces bid for another term as LDP chief

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that he will seek a third consecutive term of the presidency of the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

He will face off against former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, the only other candidate who has entered the race so far.

Japan To Review Amami-oshima Unesco Bid

Japan to review Amami-Oshima UNESCO bid

Japan's government is to withdraw a recommendation to list nature-rich islands in the southwest of the country as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.

Friday's decision followed last month's evaluation by a UNESCO advisory panel that said the registration should be deferred.

New, Never-sold 2006 Mitsubishi Evo Draws $100k Bid On Ebay

New, never-sold 2006 Mitsubishi Evo draws $100K bid on eBay

Today, in the "OK, guess it must be worth that to somebody" department, we note that a California car dealer has an eBay listing for a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, still brand new and never titled, with nine miles on the odometer. Just another day on eBay, right, and just another car that didn't sell, was hoarded, or somehow forgotten in a barn? Not exactly. The top bid as of Wednesday morning was $100,100.

The Evo was a popular car (for a Mitsubishi) in its day, in a cult-of-personality way. And though its run ended with the 2015 model year, a quick inventory search shows there are still around 30 of them sitting brand-new on dealer lots, including the #0001-of-1,600 Lancer Evolution Final Edition, a $70,000 MSRP limited-edition car in Rally Red that a Brooklyn dealer is trying to move for $87,888. Most of the remainders are listed in the $30,000s, however.

The First Civic Type R Already Has A Bid For $200,000

The first Civic Type R already has a bid for $200,000

When Honda started its auction two days ago for the very first 2017 Civic Type R for charity in the US, we knew it was going to go for quite a bit more than the car's presumed $34,775 base price. However, we weren't expecting the price to jump as high as it had within the first two days of the auction. As of this writing, this first Civic Type R has a bid for a stunning $200,000.

Aside from that being an odd auction strategy, to put in an enormous bid with nearly a week left on the clock, that's a lot of money for a Civic, even one as rare and special as this one. That $200,000 could also buy you a Porsche 911 Turbo S (not this one, though), a Lamborghini Huracán, an Audi R8, a Bentley Continental GT, a McLaren 570, well, you get the gist. Or, if you really had your heart set on Honda, you could buy a new NSX and a new Civic Type R. And you could get both in the color you want.

Carbonated Hot Spring Resort In Bid To Regain Its Tourism Sparkle

Carbonated hot spring resort in bid to regain its tourism sparkle

GERO, Gifu Prefecture--Pitching its naturally carbonated spring as a major selling point, a small "onsen" hot spring resort here is trying to reverse a steep decline in tourist numbers with the promise of "beautiful skin."

The unusual tourism promotion was initiated in a group effort by "okami-san" (landladies) of local ryokan in a Hidaosaka onsengo hot spring resort here.

Canada Slaps Mitsubishi Electric With $13.4 Million Fine For Bid-rigging Car Parts

Canada Slaps Mitsubishi Electric With $13.4 Million Fine For Bid-Rigging Car Parts

Mitsubishi Electric has been fined $13.4 million by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice after pleading guilty to three counts of rigging bids.

In 2009, Canada’s Competition Bureau discovered that Mitsubishi had entered into illegal agreements with a competing Japanese car parts manufacturer in an attempted to determine who would win calls for bids issued by Honda and Ford for the supply of alternators and the supply of ignition coils for General Motors, Auto News reports.

Gundam Fans Bid Farewell To Beloved Giant Robot In Odaiba

Gundam fans bid farewell to beloved giant robot in OdaibaGiant robot Gundam's eight-year mission as guardian of Tokyo’s Odaiba district might be over, but fans of the anime show have been consoled with the news that Unicorn Gundam will be taking over the assignment.
Hundreds of fans of the anime show “Mobile Suit Gundam” gathered in front of the 18-meter-tall statue to bid it farewell in a closing ceremony March 5.