Japanese preschool education and childcare became free of charge on Tuesday, a move that will be funded by a consumption tax hike.
The tax was raised from 8 to 10 percent on October 1, with its revenue allotted to social security upgrades. During this fiscal year, about 3.5 billion dollars will be directed toward making preschool education and daycare services free.
Typhoon Faxai that made landfall on Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo on Monday has left hundreds of thousands of households and businesses without power. Japan's three major mobile carriers are offering free phone charging and WiFi services.
NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank have placed chargers at their shops, municipal offices, public halls, community centers and health and welfare centers in affected areas of the prefecture.
Workers began renovating Japan's Upper House to accommodate two new lawmakers who rely on large motorized wheelchairs.
Yasuhiko Funago and Eiko Kimura won seats in the July 21 Upper House election. Both represent a new party called Reiwa Shinsengumi. Funago has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, while Kimura can hardly move her limbs.
Recently there have been reports of the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons experiencing a “drifting” problem, where the controllers are starting to become unreliable and moving by themselves when playing games, even if there is no input from the player. However, it was also reported that according to an internal memo, Nintendo will be repairing the controllers for free, even if it is out of warranty.
They would also be refunding gamers who sent their controllers in for repair and paid the repair costs. However, it seems that this might not be applicable to all regions around the world. According to UK website Metro, it seems that this repair policy might not be applicable to the UK. This was further confirmed by a post on Reddit in which a user tried to ask about the free repairs, only to be told that it seems that it might only be for gamers in the US.
A Japanese upper house committee has decided to modify the Diet building to allow two newly elected lawmakers with severe disabilities barrier-free access.
Yasuhiko Funago, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, and Eiko Kimura, who can hardly move her limbs, won in Sunday's upper house election. They stood for a new party called Reiwa Shinsengumi.
There have been quite a few reports recently about the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift. Many players have experienced that their joysticks are becoming unreliable and pointing them in random directions when they’re playing a game even when they haven’t been physically pushed. Nintendo hasn’t acknowledged that this is a defect yet but a new report claims that the company will fix Joy-Con drift for free even for customers who may be out of warranty.
There were reports that Nintendo could face a class action lawsuit over this so perhaps that’s why the company has decided to be proactive about this and fix the issue even for customers who may not be covered by warranty.
For most of us, flying to our destinations isn’t always the most enjoyable experience. There is turbulence, food that doesn’t always taste great, inconsiderate seatmates, and so on. However, it seems that a bunch of folks who took a Southwest Airlines flight just got the surprise of their life when Nintendo gifted each and everyone of them a free Switch console.
In addition to the free console, Nintendo also gave them a copy of Super Mario Maker 2, giving passengers a ton of things to do while they flew to their destination. Southwest Airlines has since confirmed the giveaway as being authentic as part of a partnership with Nintendo for the promotion.
US Xperia fans are able to rejoice. Often they get the raw end of the stick when it comes to any pre-order offers for the latest Sony Xperia devices. Typically there's never any offers, however in a turn for the books, Sony is throwing in a pair of Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling over-the-ear headphones if you pre-order the Xperia 1.
Sony normally confirms the PS Plus lineup of free titles for a coming month a couple of days before. It then sticks to that lineup for the entire month before it announces the one for the next month. Sony has taken the rather unusual step of swapping a title that it had previously confirmed for another one. Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 has been removed from the July 2019 PS Plus free games lineup.
Sony confirmed today that PlayStation Plus subscribers will now get Detroit: Become Human Digital Deluxe Edition instead of Pro Evolution Soccer 2019. Horizon Chase Turbo remains unaffected by this decision.
Japanese Industry minister Hiroshige Seko says the government plans to ban retailers from giving away plastic bags for free from next April.
A meeting of energy and environment ministers from G20 nations kicked off in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan on Saturday. Seko said ocean pollution caused by plastic waste is a global issue that needs to be tackled by both the public and private sectors.
Have you been on the fence about purchasing the Nintendo Switch? If you’ve been waiting for a deal that saves you some money in the process, consider what Best Buy is now offering. The retailer will provide customers who purchase a new Nintendo Switch console with one free game. The promotion does provide considerable bang for the buck.
Given just how popular the Nintendo Switch has proven to be, it was always understood that the console won’t receive any meaningful discounts for the foreseeable future. That still happens to be the case and most customers just saved some money by using eBay’s site-wide coupons and even they don’t seem to be available anymore for the Switch.
Like clockwork, Polyphony Digital has released another free car pack for Gran Turismo Sport. This pack has quite the range of vehicles. Two of the highlights are the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 and the Porsche 962C.
The former is the progenitor of the Scion FR-S and Toyota 86, and was sold in the U.S. as the Toyota Corolla GT-S. It featured a twin-cam four-cylinder and rear-wheel drive, and became particularly famous as the hero car in the Initial D anime and manga series. Oddly, this model has the digital instrument cluster, unlike the analog cluster in the Initial D car.
Console makers typically create games that are exclusive to their platforms. This is done so that it will entice gamers to choose their platform when trying to decide between consoles. For example, Sony has God of War, Nintendo has The Legend of Zelda, and Microsoft has its Forza racing franchise.
The Forza series has typically been only available on Microsoft’s Xbox platform, but it seems that the company has decided to open it up to more platforms by launching a new title in the Forza series. Dubbed “Forza Street”, this is a free-to-play title that has been announced for iOS and Android devices along with Windows 10.