Yu Miri Wins Us National Book Award

Yu Miri wins US National Book Award

Japan-based Korean writer Yu Miri has won the National Book Award, the most prestigious literary prize in the US.

Yu's "Tokyo Ueno Station," written originally in Japanese, was announced as the winner for best translated work in an online event Thursday morning, Japan time.

Edited Version Of Suga's Old Book Published

Edited version of Suga's old book published

An edited version of a book written by Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide eight years ago has hit the stores in Japan. In the book, he promises to fight the coronavirus and protect jobs, but a passage referring to the government's management of official documents has been left out.

The book summarizing Suga's political views was published on Tuesday with new interviews and other content added.

Japan's Ministers Reserve Comment On Bolton's Book

Japan's ministers reserve comment on Bolton's book

Japanese Cabinet ministers are refraining from commenting on the contents of a book written by former US national security advisor John Bolton.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide referred to a passage where Bolton says he conveyed a request from President Donald Trump to have Japan pay 8 billion dollars annually to host US troops.

Nissan Releases Free Coloring Book To Quell Coronavirus Blues

Nissan releases free coloring book to quell coronavirus blues

Coloring books are a great way to pass the time in quarantine these days. Audi released a good one, and Ian Callum put forth some coloring pages, too. Now that you've likely exhausted those avenues, it's Nissan's turn. Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president for global design, and Nissan designers across the world put together these 23 pages of coloring. All of them are available to download for free. Here's the link. You can also just snag individual pages from our gallery above if you don't want the whole book.

We're particularly fond of the GT-R heritage and Figaro pages. Though the 240Z and two-door 510 make for some splendid competition in our hearts. Even Patrol fans will have fun with this, as Nissan has dedicated an entire page to the past and future of the off-roader.

What If Maison Book Girl Put All Of Their Energy Into Idol Activities?

What if Maison book girl put all of their energy into idol activities?

Maison book girl have revealed a "parallel version" music video for their song "my cut." 

This song was included in the group's first album "bath room" released back in 2015. The "parallel version" video was created as a part of their program 'Maison book girl / Dual' on WOWOW PLUS MUSIC. With the concept, "What if Maison book girl put all their energy into idol activities?" the members express their image of an idol through the video. idomin was in charge of the choreography.

Watch The Pv For Maison Book Girl's New Song 'umibe Nite'

Watch the PV for Maison book girl's new song 'Umibe nite'

The PV for Maison book girl's new song "Umibe nite" has been uploaded onto YouTube. 

You can find "Umibe nite" is the group's new album "Umi to Uchuu no Kodomotachi", which dropped on December 18. Directed by Kato Misato, the PV was created as a part of Amazon Prime's program 'Pick Ups! -Maison book girl-.' 

Former Pop Idol Publishes First Book In 39 Years

Former pop idol publishes first book in 39 years

A Japanese pop idol of the 1970s, Momoe Yamaguchi, has published her first book since she retired nearly four decades ago.

The former singer, who is now 60, gave up her career at the peak of her fame to marry actor Tomokazu Miura in 1980.

Nissan Closes The Book On The Versa Note

Nissan closes the book on the Versa Note

A month ago CarsDirect reported the Nissan Versa Note could be going away. Having got confirmation from Nissan, CarsDirect can now report that Versa Note is definitely going away this year. Automaker spokesman spokesman Jeff Wandell told the outlet, "Starting with the introduction of the redesigned 2020 model the Versa will only be offered as a sedan. Sales of the hatchback Versa Note in North America will end after the 2019 model year."

Nissan hasn't given a reason for killing only the hatch, but the only surprise in this news is that the sedan gets to live. Since the carmaker doesn't break out sales of each variant, all we know is that the Versa lineup sold 75,809 units last year. That's a 29% drop from the year before, and down from an all-time high of 144,528 units in 2015. Meanwhile, the Rogue and Rogue Sport sold 42,523 units in December alone. The Nissan Kicks subcompact crossover, with more interior space than the Versa Note, roughly the same fuel economy, and an MSRP $3,000 higher than the Versa Note, didn't go on sale until June last year and sold 23,312 units.

Keyakizaka46's Kobayashi Yui To Release Her First Photo Book

Keyakizaka46's Kobayashi Yui to release her first photo book

Keyakizaka46 member Kobayashi Yui's first photo book (currently untitled) will be released on March 13. 

Kobayashi has been gaining attention after serving as center in place for Hirate Yurina, who is currently on hiatus, at the '69th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen.' Her first photo book was shot by Suzuki Shin last fall in England. It is a commemorative work a she celebrated her 19th birthday during the shoot. She even challenged herself to her first photos in swimwear. 

Maison Book Girl Announce Spring Tour & Single

Maison book girl announce spring tour & single

Maison book girl have announced that they will hold a tour as well as an event titled 'Solitude HOTEL 7F' next spring. In addition, they will release a brand new single (currently untitled) in April. 

This announcement was made on December 16 during their live 'Solitude Hotel 6F yume' at Hulic Hall Tokyo. More details on the tour and single will be revealed later, so stay tuned!

Ikuta Erika Goes To New York To Shoot 2nd Photo Book

Ikuta Erika goes to New York to shoot 2nd photo book

Nogizaka46 member Ikuta Erika's second photo book (currently untitled) will be released on January 22. 

The theme of Ikuta's first photo book in three years is "the new self I discover in New York." For this photo book, she spent seven days shooting in New York. She even challenged herself to shoot in lingerie for the very first time. Fans can see how much the 21-year-old has matured in the last three years.