Japan To Boost Stimulus By More Than $80 Bil.

Japan to boost stimulus by more than $80 bil.

Japan's government is to expand an extra budget by more than 80 billion dollars to fund cash handouts to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus.

The government will now submit the supplementary budget worth more than 230 billion dollars for the fiscal year that began on April 1 to fund an emergency economic package worth about 1.1 trillion dollars.

Japanese Firm To Boost Face Shield Production

Japanese firm to boost face shield production

NHK has learned that a company in western Japan is planning to increase production of protective face shields and other equipment for medical workers in the fight against the new coronavirus.

Yamamoto Kogaku, based in Higashi-Osaka City, made the decision to at the request of the government. The firm is a major supplier of protective eyewear for industrial use.

Manhart Gives The Toyota Gr Supra A Power Boost

Manhart gives the Toyota GR Supra a power boost

Manhart Performance founder Christoph Erfurt holds a simple ethos for his company: "We turn good cars into very special cars." For 2020, Manhart launched a new program that attempts to do just that with the Toyota GR Supra. 

Manhart has upgraded the Supra to have more power, better handling, and some extra style points. The turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 under the hood originally makes 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, but with Manhart's MHtronik powerbox, electronic control unit (ECU) remapping, and a new exhaust system, the Supra is said to produce 440–450 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.  

Govt. To Boost Production Of Heart-lung Machines

Govt. to boost production of heart-lung machines

The Japanese minister in charge of coronavirus measures says the government's emergency economic package will include measures to increase production of heart-lung machines.

Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi met on Thursday with Doctor Takeda Shinhiro, an expert on ECMO machines that replace the functions of the heart and lungs.

Japan To Boost Food Safety Publicity

Japan to boost food safety publicity

Japan will boost its efforts to persuade 20 foreign governments to lift or ease food import restrictions on Japanese products. The measures were prompted by concern over radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident nine years ago.

The 20 are among the 54 governments that imposed bans or other restrictions after the disaster that followed a major earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Japan To Boost Backup Power For Cell Phone Towers

Japan to boost backup power for cell phone towers

Japan's communications ministry plans to require key mobile phone base stations to have at least 24 hours of backup power.

The move comes after a series of powerful typhoons caused prolonged disruption to mobile communications last year.

Microsoft Japan Experiments With 3-day Weekend, Sees A 40% Boost In Productivity

Microsoft Japan Experiments With 3-Day Weekend, Sees A 40% Boost In Productivity

If you’ve ever wished for a 3-day weekend, know that you’re not alone. However, it seems that over in Japan, Microsoft experimented with such a concept, where employees were only required to come into work four days a week instead of five, giving them an extra day of rest. It turned out to be an excellent idea.

This is because based on the results of their experiment, which took place for an entire month in August this year, it seems that productivity of employees actually increased by as much as 40%. This means that while employees worked less days, the amount of work that they got done was more than if they had worked that extra day.

Defense Ministry Wants Budget To Boost Space Watch

Defense Ministry wants budget to boost space watch

Japan's Defense Ministry plans to make its largest-ever budget request to boost its space surveillance capabilities.

The ministry is likely to ask for about 5.3 trillion yen, or 50 billion dollars, for its budget for the year that starts in April 2020. The defense program guidelines adopted last year call for boosting Japan's defense capabilities in outer space.

Japan, Tajikistan To Boost Ties

Japan, Tajikistan to boost ties

The foreign ministers of Japan and Tajikistan have agreed to boost bilateral relations in a wide range of fields. Their meeting comes at a time when China is increasing its influence in Central Asia.

Japan's Taro Kono met Tajikistan's Sirojiddin Muhriddin in the Central Asian country on Sunday. Kono is the first Japanese foreign minister to visit the nation in 15 years.

Japan, Us To Boost Space, Cyber-security Ties

Japan, US to boost space, cyber-security ties

Japan and the US have agreed to boost cooperation in the fields of cyber-security and outer space.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in Washington on Friday.

5g To Boost Airport Efficiency

5G to boost airport efficiency

Two Japanese companies are working together to find innovative ways of using 5G mobile communications technology. Japan Airlines and telecom company KDDI are conducting tests to see how 5G can make airport operations more efficient.

An engineer watches a live feed showing airplane parts being repaired at another site. The images come from an ultra-high definition 4K camera attached to a colleague's helmet.

Japan, India To Boost Security Cooperation

Japan, India to boost security cooperation

The foreign ministers of Japan and India have agreed to boost security cooperation as part of efforts to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for 40 minutes in New Delhi on Monday evening.

New Defense Guidelines To Call For Ai Boost

New defense guidelines to call for AI boost

Japan's new defense guidelines will call for the introduction of more artificial intelligence technology to make up for a coming personnel shortage.

The National Defense Program Guidelines will be revised next month for the first time in 5 years.