Ioc: Fewer Spectators An Option For Tokyo Games

IOC: Fewer spectators an option for Tokyo Games

The head of the International Olympic Committee has suggested that holding the Tokyo Games next year with fewer spectators should be considered as an option.

The IOC met via video link on Friday for its first general assembly since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sumo Tourney To Be Held With Fewer Spectators

Sumo tourney to be held with fewer spectators

The Japan Sumo Association says it will hold its July tournament in Tokyo with about 2,500 spectators, roughly 25 percent of the full capacity. The reduction is part of measures against the coronavirus outbreak.

The association made the announcement on Monday. The tournament will start on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan arena.

Fewer Than 50% Of Necessary Hospital Beds Secured

Fewer than 50% of necessary hospital beds secured

A Japanese health ministry survey says the country's 47 prefectures have only secured less than half the number of hospital beds they will need for coronavirus patients when the outbreak reaches its peak.

The survey says more than 31,000 beds will be needed for coronavirus patients at the peak of the outbreak, but fewer than 14,500 had been secured as of May 1.

Fewer Weekend Outings Across Japan

Fewer weekend outings across Japan

Outings declined in most prefectures across Japan on the first Saturday since the government extended the state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mobile phone carrier NTT Docomo released pedestrian traffic data collected from its base stations, without identifying users.

Fewer People Visiting Shonan Beaches

Fewer people visiting Shonan beaches

Significantly fewer people than last weekend were seen in the coastal Shonan Area of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Saturday.

Despite calls to stay home, roads and beaches were packed with visitors including surfers last Sunday. The crowds prompted the prefectural government and the City of Fujisawa to repeatedly urge people not to visit.

Nissan Plans To Downsize, Sell 1 Million Fewer Cars, Sources Say

Nissan plans to downsize, sell 1 million fewer cars, sources say

TOKYO/BEIJING — Nissan Motor Co's management has become convinced the struggling automaker needs to be much smaller, and a restructuring plan due out next month would likely assume a cut of 1 million cars to its annual sales target, senior company sources said.

Even before the spread of the coronavirus, Nissan's sales and profits had been slumping and it was burning through cash, forcing it to row back on an aggressive expansion plan pursued by ousted leader Carlos Ghosn. The pandemic has only piled on urgency and pressure to renewed efforts to downsize.

Fewer People On Streets Of Japan's Major Cities

Fewer people on streets of Japan's major cities

Fewer people were seen on the streets of Japan's major cities than normal on Sunday after authorities asked residents to stay home to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

In Tokyo's Shinjuku district, major department stores and clothing shops shut their doors. Notices of temporary closure were put out at karaoke parlors.

Japan Sees Fewer Foreign Visitors In January

Japan sees fewer foreign visitors in January

Foreign visitor numbers to Japan have fallen again for a fourth straight month. Figures for January show a steep decline in tourists from South Korea.

Tourism operators are also preparing for the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. That's expected to hit the industry from February onwards.

2020 Honda Civic Si Returns Fewer Mpg For Better Acceleration

2020 Honda Civic Si returns fewer mpg for better acceleration

The 2020 Honda Civic Si is getting an update that comes with fresher styling and more safety features. It also gets a shorter final drive gear ratio to help its 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque deliver quicker acceleration. Unfortunately, the change also appears to have sacrificed fuel economy. The EPA just released the numbers on the new Civic Si, and fuel economy has dropped by 2 mpg in all driving scenarios for 26 in the city, 36 on the highway and 30 combined. The reason for the drop is likely because the shorter final gear ratio means the engine will be running at higher rpm for any given speed, and thus be using more fuel at any given speed. Despite the dip in fuel economy, the Civic Si is still about the most efficient sporty compact with a manual (the Si's only transmission) on the market. Among similarly priced and powered small cars, the Fiat 500 Abarth ties the Civic's combined fuel economy of 30 mpg, but with better city fuel economy at 28 and worse highway mileage at 33. The Veloster Turbo with a manual gets 29 mpg combined followed by the Jetta GLI at 28, the GTI at 27, and the Mini Cooper S at 26.  

Toyota Sells Fewer And Fewer Manual Transmissions — Here's How Many Fewer

Toyota sells fewer and fewer manual transmissions  — here's how many fewer

It probably comes as no surprise that manual transmissions are on uncertain ground these days. Fewer models are offered with them, and public perception is that rowing-your-own is more of an enthusiast thing. But carmakers do not stick with automatics for no reason: expected and realized demand tells manufacturers if it's worth engineering a three-pedal variant. A good example is the new Toyota Supra, which only comes as automatic. There's surely a justified reason for the omission of a manual option, especially when we take a look at these manual take-rate figures provided by CarBuzz.

You can buy the Corolla sedan and hatch as a manual, just like the Tacoma, Yaris sedan and the 86 coupe. CarBuzz discussed the manual gearboxes' popularity with a Toyota representative at a Supra launch event, and the numbers are telling.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review | Sharp Looks, More Room And Fewer Cylinders

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review | Sharp looks, more room and fewer cylinders

According to Volkswagen, the new 2019 Arteon is the spiritual, not literal successor to the swoopy CC sedan. Another clue: the company will position the Arteon as the brand's flagship vehicle, rather than one of their strong-selling SUVs or crossovers. One VW rep said sales would be closer to the outgoing, niche Beetle than the volume-selling Tiguan or Atlas. Is the Wolfsburg brand crazy to emphasize the dwindling sedan market as most carmakers flee it? Listen up as we unravel the mystery of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon.

When you look at the Arteon's underpinnings, VW's desire to separate it from the CC (or at least keep it at arm's length) starts to make more sense. While the CC was essentially a Passat with a lower roofline and snugger cabin, the Arteon rides on the more advanced MQB platform. The chassis gets five more inches of wheelbase, 2.9 more inches of rear legroom, and nearly double the cargo capacity. Here's another clue to the sleek four-door's place in the VW universe: Arteon's name derives from the Latin artem, which means "art." The wordplay suggests more of a design showcase than an appliance, a conveyance intended to make a statement and stand out. And stand out it does: from the Arteon's grille strakes that cleverly integrate into the LED headlamps to its uninterrupted character lines and elegantly tapered haunches, the attractive fastback manages to defy its relatively reasonable starting price of $36,840. This is not your father's Passat; The Arteon is a serious looker.

Survey: Fewer Evacuees Want To Return To Fukushima

Survey: Fewer evacuees want to return to FukushimaA Japanese government survey shows that fewer people who fled the 2011 nuclear accident want to return to their home towns in Fukushima Prefecture. Many younger people are reluctant to go back.
The Reconstruction Agency and other institutions conduct an annual survey of the residents of areas where an evacuation order remains in place. The fiscal 2016 survey covered 5 municipalities -- the towns of Tomioka, Futaba, Namie and Kawamata, and Iitate Village.