Early Evacuations Urged Amid Downpours In Kyushu

Early evacuations urged amid downpours in Kyushu

Weather officials say extremely heavy rain is likely to continue in southwestern Japan's Kyushu region through Thursday. Some parts of the region are already facing a high risk of mudslides and flooding.

The officials may issue emergency warnings if downpours continue for several hours in the same areas. They are encouraging people in the region to evacuate without waiting for advisories to ensure their safety.

Early Evacuations Urged Amid Downpours

Early evacuations urged amid downpours

Weather officials say extremely heavy rain is likely to continue in southwestern Japan's Kyushu region, especially Kagoshima Prefecture, through Thursday. Some parts of the region are already facing a high risk of mudslides and flooding.

The officials may issue emergency warnings if downpours continue for several hours in the same areas. They are encouraging people in the region to evacuate without waiting for advisories to ensure their safety.

Honda To Recall 1.6m Vehicles, Finish Takata Airbag Recalls Early

Honda to recall 1.6M vehicles, finish Takata airbag recalls early

DETROIT — Honda is recalling 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators, completing its required recalls six months ahead of schedule, the automaker said Friday. When the latest recall is done, Honda says it will have recalled or accounted for 22.6 million inflators in about 12.9 million vehicles. Takata inflators can explode with too much force and blow apart a metal canister, spewing shrapnel. Twenty-four people have been killed and hundreds injured by the inflators worldwide. Honda was Takata's largest customer. The Japanese company, which was forced into bankruptcy by the troubles, used the volatile chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the air bags. But the chemical deteriorates when exposed to high temperatures and humidity and can burn too fast, blowing apart the canister designed to contain the explosion. The recalls include many Honda and Acura models from 2003 through 2015. All received replacement inflators made by Takata before February 2017 and were scheduled to be recalled a second time to replace those with inflators made by another company. Affected Honda models include the 2001-2012 Accord, the 2010-2015 Crosstour, the 2001-2011 Civic, 2002-2011 CR-V, the 2011-2015 CR-Z, the 2003-2011 Element, the 2007-2014 Fit, the 2010-2014 Insight, the 2002-2004 Odyssey, the 2003-2015 Pilot and the 2006-2014 Ridgeline.

Acura models include the 2003 3.2CL, the 2013 ILX, the 2003-2006 MDX, the 2015 RDX, the 2005-2012 RL, the 2002-2003 3.2TL, the 2009-2014 TL, the 2009-2014 TSX, and the 2010-2013 ZDX. Honda said it has completed repairs or accounted for 83 percent of the vehicles, among the highest in the auto industry. Some of the inflators have been found in scrap yards or the vehicles are no longer in use. Owners will be notified by letters starting in mid-August, and Honda is urging people to schedule repairs as soon as possible. Nineteen automakers are recalling about 70 million inflators in what has become the largest string of automotive recalls in U.S. history. The recalls are taking place on a schedule set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recalls do not include inflators that have a moisture-absorbing chemical. The government will decide by the end of this year whether those should be recalled.

Anti-terror Facilities Must Pass Early Inspection

Anti-terror facilities must pass early inspection

Japan's nuclear regulator has decided that it will order nuclear power plants to suspend operations if their new mandatory anti-terror facilities are not completed and have not passed inspections one week before the deadline.

The decision could lead to reactors in Japan that are currently online facing orders to shut down.

Early Gameplay Footage Of Final Fantasy Vii Remake Released

Early Gameplay Footage Of Final Fantasy VII Remake Released

Given the classic status of Final Fantasy VII, there is no doubt that there are many gamers who are eagerly anticipating its release. When exactly that will be remains to be seen (some claim 2023), but in the meantime, it seems that Square Enix has decided to grace us all with some gameplay footage from the upcoming game.

We should note that as per the trailer, they point out that this is development footage meaning that what you see now will not be the final product. There is a chance that certain animations, graphics effects, or skills will be changed and adjusted before the final release, but it does give us an insight as to how far along the game development is.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades Early Access Now Live On Android

The Elder Scrolls: Blades Early Access Now Live On Android

Back in 2018, Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls: Blades. For those who missed the announcement, this is basically a mobile version of the Elder Scrolls franchise which would be playable on iOS and Android. The bad news is that instead of launching in 2018, it was delayed to 2019.

The game has yet to be launched, but as Bethesda had previously promised, early access would be coming, and sure enough it has. According to a report from Android Police, it appears that early access for the Android version of the game has gone live where players living in the US and Canada will have no issues accessing it.

Max To Release A New Album In Early Summer

MAX to release a new album in early summer

MAX will release a new album, titled "NEW EDITION II ~MAXIMUM HITS~,"  in early summer. 

This announcement was made on February 11 during the group's concert 'MAX LIVE CONTACT 2019 ~HIT THE SPOT~' at Shinagawa Intercity Hall. After the main show, video clips of their hit songs including "TORA TORA TORA," "Give me A Shake," and "GET MY LOVE!" played on the screen, then the album's announcement appeared in big letters. MAX then took the stage again for an encore and performed "Dracula," which is one of the songs that will be included in their upcoming album.

Soviet Union Intended 2 Islands' Handover Early

Soviet Union intended 2 islands' handover early

Documents obtained by NHK show that the leadership of the Soviet Union was prepared to offer the handover of two of the four islands claimed by Japan as its biggest concession before negotiations on normalizing diplomatic ties in the 1950s.

Documents dated June 2, 1955, shortly before the start of the talks, say that the Soviet Union could open to negotiations on the handover of Habomai and Shikotan. But it involved the condition that foreign military bases would not be placed on the islands.

Leaked Early Android Q Build Hints At Desktop Mode

Leaked Early Android Q Build Hints At Desktop Mode

Recently the folks at XDA managed to get their hands on what is apparently an internal build of Android Q, and based on their findings, it seems that one of the features is that it might finally bring system-wide dark mode to Android. However another feature that they discovered is that Android Q could also introduce a desktop mode for Android.

This is based on the discovery of a new Developer Option called “force desktop mode”. Unfortunately details about this mode is scarce but its description reads, “force experimental desktop mode on secondary displays”. However based on its name, XDA has speculated that it could be similar to what Samsung attempted with its DeX device, or EMUI’s Easy Projection-type feature.

Japan Seeks Early Defense Talks With S.korea

Japan seeks early defense talks with S.Korea

Japan's defense minister wants to accelerate arrangements for talks between Japanese and South Korean defense officials over last month's radar lock-on incident.

Takeshi Iwaya has again suggested presenting radio wave records to officials in Seoul to prove that a South Korean destroyer directed its fire-control radar at a Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane in the Sea of Japan.

Android Pie Update For The Lg G7 Will Arrive In Early 2019

Android Pie Update For The LG G7 Will Arrive In Early 2019

lg g7The LG G7 was released earlier this year, although unlike some other 2018 smartphones, it has yet to receive its Android 9.0 Pie update. However the good news is that LG G7 owners might not have to wait much longer because according to LG Korea (via GSMArena), it seems that the handset is set to receive its Android Pie update in the first quarter of 2019.

There were no specific dates mentioned, which means that it could be anywhere between January to March, plus we imagine that it could probably end up being pushed out region by region, and might be further delayed if you bought it from a carrier which will require additional carrier approval before the update is released, but either way it is scheduled for early next year so there’s that timeframe we can look forward to.

Okinawa Governor Planning Referendum In Early 2019

Okinawa governor planning referendum in early 2019

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki is planning to hold a referendum early next year on a plan to relocate a US air base within the prefecture.

The prefecture announced an ordinance on October 31st calling for a referendum on reclaiming the coastal area of Henoko in Nago city to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. It said the vote will be held within 6 months, or by the end of April.

Dean Fujioka To Release New Album In Early Spring

DEAN FUJIOKA to release new album in early spring

DEAN FUJIOKA will release a new album titled "History In The Making" in early spring. 

This announcement was made on November 3 at his fan club event. DEAN's last album "Cycle" was release about three years ago in March of 2016. He commented, "Musically, I tried many things, failed, and grew. Each song in the album is filled with many feelings. I will continue to grow! I wanted to create a future with everyone, so I gave it this title." More details on the album will be announced later.