Toyota has officially unveiled its C-HR-based electric crossovers for the Chinese market. The GAC Toyota-built electric C-HR and the FAW counterpart, IZOA, appeared at the Shanghai Auto Show today. The models are the first fully electric Toyotas for China, and sales begin next year.
No figures have been released for the electric twins, nothing about the attainable range, available power or performance, but more information is sure to be made available later. The C-HR rides on the same TNGA platform as the new Corolla, so the BEV-ization of the Corolla is surely just a matter of time, and it's not unreasonable to expect a global fully electric variant of both the Corolla and C-HR in the near future if the Chinese endeavor is anything to go by. Still, as recently as late 2017, a Toyota executive said that "long range" battery electric cars were not part of the plan because of the time it takes to charge them, but that a new quicker-charging solid state battery was in the works for early next decade.
The Japanese government has filed a complaint with China for alleged misconduct by a crew of a Chinese fishing boat.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Thursday that a Chinese fishing boat continued to sail for more than half a day without stopping while officials of Japan's Fisheries Agency were on board. The officials boarded the vessel on November fifth to conduct an onsite inspection. The boat was suspected to have been illegally operating in Japan's exclusive economic zone off Kyushu.
NHK WORLD-JAPAN is launching on January 15th of next year a new online Chinese-language service. NHK Huayu Shijie will broadcast some of the most popular programs that focus on news, culture and current events.
The service will be for five hours on weekdays. Five anchors will each be assigned a day and bring the news on that day, starting at seven PM.
Tokyo police have arrested a Chinese man on suspicion of entering Yasukuni Shrine without justifiable reason after papers were found burnt at the site.
Papers resembling newspaper were found burning on a path inside the premises of the shrine on Wednesday morning. The flames were quickly put out by firefighters, and the shrine's buildings did not sustain any damage.
Japan's Defense Ministry says the number of scrambles made by Air Self-Defense Force jets against Chinese aircraft increase about 20 percent during the first 6 months of this fiscal year compared to the previous year.
The ministry says the ASDF scrambled jets against foreign aircraft that could violate Japan's airspace 561 times between April and September, the same number as in 2017.
Japan Coast Guard officials say that so far this year, 50 Chinese patrol ships have been spotted in Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. They say the sightings occurred over a total of 14 days.
Japan controls the islands. The Japanese government maintains they are an inherent part of Japan's territory. China and Taiwan claim them.
Japanese free messaging app giant Line Corp. said it will start a bicycle-sharing service with Beijing Mobike Technology Co., the world's largest bike rental company.
Line said Dec. 20 it would provide up to 20 percent of the capital of the Japanese subsidiary of Mobike and dispatch one of its executives to the subsidiary in early January.
A survey conducted by a Japanese organization has revealed that Japan tops the list of countries and territories Chinese people want to visit.
Every year, the Japan External Trade Organization, or JETRO, distributes its survey to relatively high income earners, between the ages of 20 and 49, in 6 major Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. This year, more than 1,200 people responded.