Nhk Poll: 57% Will Definitely Vote Or Have Already

NHK poll: 57% will definitely vote or have already

NHK's latest poll shows 57 percent of respondents say they will definitely vote in Sunday's Upper House election, or have already cast an early ballot. That's down 7 points from a survey conducted before the Upper House election three years ago.

NHK surveyed more than 3,600 people by phone over three days, starting Saturday. More than 2,000 people responded.

156 Scratched Horses May Have Eaten Stimulant

156 scratched horses may have eaten stimulant

The Japan Racing Association says it has scratched 156 horses from races this weekend after discovering that the animals may have been fed a banned substance.

Officials say they pulled the horses from races on Saturday and Sunday at tracks in Tokyo, Hanshin in western Japan, and Hakodate in northern Japan.

Future Toyota Cars Will Have Automatic Engine Shut Off And Automatic Parking

Future Toyota Cars Will Have Automatic Engine Shut Off And Automatic Parking

Leaving your car idling is probably one of the worst things you could do as far as fuel consumption is concerned. Perhaps in a bid to help improve on energy efficiency, Toyota has announced that future Toyota vehicles are expected to come with an automatic engine shut off feature.

According to Toyota, “The Auto Shut Off feature will automatically shut off the engine after a pre-determined period of time in the event the vehicle is left running. Future enhancements will include smartphone App capabilities as an added reminder.” Toyota notes that they already offer a similar feature in its older cars, where they will notify the driver if they are idling for extended periods of time and reminds them to turn their engines off, but this will actually go ahead and do it on behalf of the driver.

Nikon Could Have A Mid-range Mirrorless Camera In The Works For $900

Nikon Could Have A Mid-Range Mirrorless Camera In The Works For $900

With the launch of the new Nikon Z-series of full-frame mirrorless cameras, it saw the company change up its strategy and approach to mirrorless cameras. Unlike the company’s previous attempts, the new Z-series seems to be much more well-received. Unfortunately, they do not come cheap, making it a bit inaccessible for those who aren’t necessarily professionals.

However, there is some good news because according to a report from Nikkei, it seems that Nikon could actually have a new mirrorless camera in the works. This model is said to be a mid-range model that could cost $900, making it more affordable than what the company has to offer at the moment.

Nissan Didn't Have Much Say In Merger Talks, But It Had What Fca Wanted

Nissan didn't have much say in merger talks, but it had what FCA wanted

TOKYO — Nissan wasn't consulted on the proposed merger between its alliance partner Renault and Fiat Chrysler, but the Japanese automaker's reluctance to go along may have helped bring about the surprise collapse of the talks. While Nissan Motor Co. had a weaker bargaining position from the start, with its financial performance crumbling after the arrest last year of its star executive Carlos Ghosn, it still had as its crown jewel the technology of electric vehicles and hybrids that Fiat Chrysler wanted. The board of Renault, meeting Thursday, didn't get as far as voting on the proposal, announced last week, which would have created the world's third biggest automaker, trailing only Volkswagen AG of Germany and Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. When the French government, Renault's top shareholder with a 15% stake, asked for more time to convince Nissan, Fiat Chrysler Chairman John Elkann abruptly withdrew the offer. Although analysts say reviving the talks isn't out of the question, they say trust among the players appears to have been broken. "The other companies made the mistake of underestimating Nissan's determination to say, 'No,' " said Katsuya Takuechi, senior analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities in Tokyo.

The Note, an electric car with a small gas engine to charge its battery, was Japan's No. 1 selling car, the first time in 50 years that a Nissan beat Toyota and Honda. Renault and Fiat Chrylser highlighted possible synergies that come from sharing parts and research costs as the benefits of the merger. But what Fiat Chrysler lacks and really wanted was what's called in the industry "electrification technology," Takeuchi said. With emissions regulations getting stricter around the world, having such technology is crucial. Yokohama-based Nissan makes the world's best-selling electric car Leaf. Its Note, an electric car equipped with a small gas engine to charge its battery, was Japan's No. 1 selling car for the fiscal year through March, the first time in 50 years that a Nissan model beat Toyota and Honda Motor Co. for that title. Nissan is also a leader in autonomous-driving technology, another area all the automakers are trying to innovate. "Although Nissan had no say, its cautionary stance on the merger ended up being very meaningful," Takeuchi said. Nissan has long resisted pressures from Renault for a full merger, and Japanese media reported that Renault had likely hoped its lobbying power would be boosted, if it had merged with Fiat Chrysler. But the collapse of the talks with Fiat Chrysler might mean Renault would merely focus even more on a merger with Nissan, the Asahi newspaper said Friday. Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa told reporters late Thursday that he wanted time to find out what the Fiat Chrylser-Renault merger might mean for Nissan, calling it "moving to the next stage." He reiterated his reservations about a full merger with Renault, stressing Nissan must turn its business around first. Fiat Chrysler cited "political conditions in France" for withdrawing its offer to Renault. The French government said it had placed four conditions on the deal, and getting support from Nissan was the condition that wasn't met. The other conditions were to preserve French jobs and factories, respect the governance balance between Renault and Fiat Chrysler, and ensure participation in an electric battery initiative with Germany. Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Autotrader in Detroit, acknowledged the proposed giant alliance had been complex. "No one ever expected it to be a cake walk to negotiate or execute," she said. "The only surprise is that it ended so soon."

Canon Eos 7d Lineup Might Have Been Discontinued

Canon EOS 7D Lineup Might Have Been Discontinued

The Canon EOS 7D MK II was launched back in 2014 and while we have heard rumors that the company could be launching a successor in 2018, we haven’t really seen anything yet. Unfortunately, for those who were hoping to get their hands on the MK III, you might be disappointed to learn that the camera may never come.

This is according to a report from Canon Rumors who claims that the EOS 7D series might be cancelled and discontinued for good. This is because apparently, Canon has decided to focus their efforts on their EOS R mirrorless cameras. The report also claims that several dealers and distributors have expressed their concern about this, as apparently EOS 7D camera owners buy more lenses compared to EOS 80D owners.

Mario Kart Tour Beta Images Have Made Their Way Online

Mario Kart Tour Beta Images Have Made Their Way Online

Image credit – Nintendo Life

Mario Kart Tour will be the next title that Nintendo will be releasing on mobile. The game is currently pegged for a release this summer and the beta of the game has already kicked off over in Japan. Thanks to users who are participating in the games beta, they have shared images and details of the game, giving us an idea of what to expect.

Ai May Have Passed Japan's Preliminary Bar Exam

AI may have passed Japan's preliminary bar exam

A Japanese venture firm says its artificial intelligence program may have effectively passed the preliminary national bar exam that was held on Sunday.

The Tokyo-based firm Sight Visit says the AI program, named Miraimon, took part in an answer sheet exam, a test that applicants who have not yet graduated from law school are required to take to qualify for the main test.

Abe Wants To Have Frank Talks With Kim

Abe wants to have frank talks with Kim

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reiterated that he wants to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the abduction issue.

Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who is also the abduction issue minister, attended a meeting of the abductees' relatives in Tokyo on Sunday. The meetings are held twice a year.

Rancher In China May Have Asked For Wagyu Eggs

Rancher in China may have asked for wagyu eggs

Investigative sources say an official of a company operating a ranch in China is suspected of asking a Japanese man to export fertilized eggs of premium wagyu beef cattle.

Japanese police arrested Osaka-based restaurant owner Yusuke Maeda and his acquaintance Toshiki Ogura earlier this month.

Joc President Likely To Have To Retire

JOC president likely to have to retire

NHK has learned that the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee will likely have to retire without serving another term as French authorities are investigating him in connection with allegations of corruption.

The JOC is set to choose its new president in biennial internal voting in June.

Canon Confirms Future Eos R Cameras Will Have Ibis

Canon Confirms Future EOS R Cameras Will Have IBIS

Having a steady hand while taking photos can mean the difference between a photo that is perfectly sharp and one that is blurred. Since it can be difficult to remain perfectly still all the time, that’s where image stabilization tech comes into play. The good news is that if you are planning on buying a Canon EOS R camera, Canon has confirmed that in-body image stabilization (IBIS) will be a feature on future cameras.

This is according to an interview that Amateur Photographer did at CP+ where the publication managed to speak to several Canon executives. When the topic of IBIS was brought up, Canon’s execs confirmed that this would be a feature that photographers will be able to expect in future cameras.

High-speed Ferry May Have Hit Whale

High-speed ferry may have hit whale

The Japan Coast Guard suspects a jetfoil ferry boat collided with a whale. A crewmember claims to have spotted a large, white object in the water moments before impact.

The collision occurred on Saturday afternoon while the vessel was travelling from Niigata port to Sado Island. Eighty people were injured, 13 seriously.