Inter-prefecture Trips Down During Spring Holidays

Inter-prefecture trips down during spring holidays

A major Japanese cell-phone carrier has found that trips between prefectures during the holiday period from the end of April to early May were significantly down from last year.

KDDI examined data from users' smartphones for the spring holiday period that ended on May 6. During this period, people were urged to stay home amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Inter-prefecture Trips Down During Spring Holiday

Inter-prefecture trips down during spring holiday

A major Japanese cell-phone carrier has found that trips between prefectures during the holiday period from the end of April to early May were significantly down from last year.

KDDI examined data from users' smartphones for the spring holiday period that ended on May 6. During this period, people were urged to stay home amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

49 Artists To Participate In Youtube Music Program During Golden Week

49 artists to participate in YouTube music program during Golden Week

In an effort to encourage citizens to stay home during Golden Week, which is often considered a time of leisure and travel for Japan, YouTube will be hosting a music program called 'YouTube Music Week STAY HOME #WITHME' from April 29 to May 6. 

This program was started by Google Japan in order for everyone to enjoy music at home during Golden Week. During the 8 days, 49 artists will participate by revealing live footage and other contents via their official YouTube channels. The time table and other information will be announced on YouTube Japan's official Twitter account (@YouTubeJapan). 

Abe Urges People To Avoid Travel During Holidays

Abe urges people to avoid travel during holidays

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has repeated his call for people to avoid travel during the upcoming holidays, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from urban to rural areas.

Abe was speaking at a news conference on Friday, one day after a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak was expanded nationwide. The declaration had covered Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures.

Abe To Ask All Schools To Close During March

Abe to ask all schools to close during March

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the government is planning to ask all elementary, junior and senior high schools and special support schools in the country to shut down from Monday, until the start of the spring holidays, in a bid to reduce the risk of students catching the new coronavirus.

Abe unveiled the plan on Thursday at a meeting of the government's taskforce on the coronavirus outbreak.

Train Services To Run Later During Tokyo Olympics

Train services to run later during Tokyo Olympics

The last train schedules in and around the Japanese capital will be extended by up to two hours during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Some events at the 2020 Games will end after 11 p.m. As a measure to allow spectators to get home easily from venues, the Tokyo Metropolitan government, the Olympic organizing committee and 19 railway operators agreed to extend the train service hours.

Work At Reactors To Be Suspended During 2020 Games

Work at reactors to be suspended during 2020 Games

Tokyo Electric Power Company will suspend work at its nuclear plant on the Sea of Japan coast during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as part of antiterrorism measures.

TEPCO is conducting safety work at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture to restart two of the seven reactors that are offline.

Sony Shipments Fall By More Than Half During The Last Quarter

Sony shipments fall by more than half during the last quarter

Sony recently reported its results for the quarter ending 30 June 2019. For those hoping that the launch of the Xperia 1 would help lift sales, then you'd be disappointed to here that volumes fell by 55 percent year-on-year to just 0.9 million phones – Sony managed 2.0 million phones the year before. Sony's struggles are still very much real, although the launch of the Xperia 1 only happened at the end of May, so we may see a bounce in the subsequent quarter.

Sony's Wearable Air Conditioner Will Keep You Cool During The Summer

Sony's Wearable Air Conditioner Will Keep You Cool During The Summer

The summer heat can sometimes get so unbearable where even a fan does little to nothing to cool us down, only ending up circulating the hot air in the process. However, if you’re in need of something a little stronger, Sony just might have the device for you in the form of the Reon Pocket, a wearable air conditioner that fits right in your pocket.

Now, the Reon Pocket will need a specially designed shirt in order to be clipped onto, and it can be activated or deactivated by using your smartphone and an accompanying app. It will sit on your neck where it will help to keep you cool during those hot summer days. That being said, the entire setup doesn’t exactly come cheap.

Sony To Unveil New Games During State Of Play Broadcast Tomorrow

Sony To Unveil New Games During State Of Play Broadcast Tomorrow


Sony has confirmed a new online broadcast for tomorrow. Dubbed “State of Play,” the company will announce new games, show new trailers for the first time, and provide fans updates on the new titles in the pipeline for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation VR.

The idea for this broadcast might feel familiar to you if you regularly follow gaming-related news. Nintendo essentially does the same thing with its Nintendo Direct presentations. It divides announcements in multiple broadcasts throughout the year instead of making a big appearance at an industry event like E3.