The current Infiniti Q50, known in Japan as the Nissan Skyline, doesn't evoke images of the 2020 GT-R in our minds. But Nissan is aiming to change that ever so slightly with the newest version of its Skyline. The inspiration is clear both the front and rear. Nissan performed a full overhaul on the front end to give it a fascia similar to that of the GT-R. The proportions are not exactly the same, but the shape is obvious. Nissan says it's also bringing back the four-circle taillights we're so used to seeing on older Skylines. It's not an exact replica of the past, but we can definitely see what Nissan is going for. Engine options are sort of a moot point, since we're sure an updated Q50 will differ from the Nissan version of the car. Still, Japan does get the equivalent to what we call the 400 Red Sport with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 making 400 horsepower. It's called the 400R in Japan. There are a couple hybrid options available, too. Nissan took this Skyline debut as an opportunity to show off the second generation of its ProPilot Assist, called ProPilot 2.0. There's no word as to when this more advanced system will make it into U.S. cars, but it's going to be on the new Skyline. The big news here is legitimate hands-off highway driving when cruising in a single lane. Nissan takes a page out of Cadillac's book to accomplish such a feat, using a driver monitoring system in the cabin to continually confirm the driver's attention is on the road. In order for the system to work, the driver will need to have a destination set in the car's navigation system. The car will attempt to judge when it should pass a slower moving vehicle, based on the navigation system and all the car's sensors. Once decided, the driver will receive audio and visual guidance to put their hands on the wheel, then will need to confirm the pass with a switch. The car will apparently take it from there, so long as your hands are detected on the wheel. Nissan says that if a driver fails to respond to an alert, the vehicle automatically puts the flashers on and slowly comes to a stop. Regular ProPilot Assist hasn't even been rolled out to every new Nissan in the U.S., but we hope to be able to test this system as soon as it's available in cars stateside. Nissan bills it as an "on-ramp to off-ramp," which makes it's one of the more comprehensive driver assistance systems out there.
A special investigative panel of Japan's health and labor ministry has concluded that there was no systematic cover-up of the ministry's flawed statistics, although the office in charge made false explanations.
The ministry set up the panel of outside experts in January to examine problems linked to its monthly survey on wages and working hours.
It's been revealed that Shibasaki Kou will be doing a Japanese cover of Maroon5's popular song "Maps." It will be released digitally on February 20.
The song will be produced by Jazztronik's Nozaki Ryota. Shibasaki commented, "As a listener of Maroon5, I feel very honored to do an official cover. With arrangement done by Jazztronik's Nozaki Ryota-san, there will be new sounds incorporated into the original melody, but the lyrics will have the same worldview."
A committee investigating the faulty statistics survey of Japan's labor ministry is focused on whether there was systematic involvement in misconduct or cover-ups.
The labor ministry was supposed to cover all large businesses in Tokyo for its monthly statistics report on wages and hours, but was found to have been surveying only a fraction of them.
Kiyoharu has transferred to Pony Canyon, and will be releasing a cover album (currently untitled) this summer.
It's been 25 years since Kiyoharu made his major debut as the vocalist of Kuroyume. His first cover album will include a self cover of sads' fourth single "Boukyaku no Sora" (released in 2002). More details will be revealed via his 25th anniversary website, which will open on February 9.
Fujimaki Ryota will be covering Remioromen's songs for a self cover album (currently untitled) to be released this spring.
For this album, Fujimaki will sing to his own accompaniment and will cover various Remioromen songs. He will also be taking fans' request to "discover a new charm of Remiorimen and make an album together with the listeners." You can vote which songs you want Fujimaki to cover here.
DAIGO (BREAKERZ) will release a cover album, titled "Deing," on December 5.
This album will feature DAIGO's covers of hit songs from the record company Being. A total of 11 tracks will be included such as T-BOLAN's "Hanashitaku wa Nai," WANDS' "Motto Tsuyoku Dakishimetanara," Ohguro Maki's "Anata Dake Mitsumeteru," and ZARD's "Eien."
Golden Bomber's Kiryuin Sho (Vo-karu) will release a self-cover album "Koshitsu Shisan" on December 5.
For this album, Kiryuin will cover songs that he's provided to other artists, such as Daikoku Danji, Dancing Dolls, and Kishidan. In addition, it will include "America," which was performed as Kiryuin's solo debut song back in 2013. As the bonus track, the album will include a cover of MUCC's "Brilliant World."