Nissan Brings Propilot Driver Assist To Japanese Market Skyline Sedan

Nissan brings ProPILOT driver assist to Japanese market Skyline sedan

Nissan is introducing some new, advanced driver assist systems for the Japanese market Skyline sedan this fall. Similarly to Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot, the updated ProPILOT system now combines navigation and automatic lane-changing. In addition, hands-off driving is enabled when certain guidelines are met and the driver is paying attention to the road ahead. Earlier ProPILOT iterations have required the driver to keep a hand on the wheel at all times.

This advanced cruise control/lane keeping assist now allows hands-off driving in a single highway lane, while constantly monitoring the driver's attentiveness, as the system will need the driver to take over in a sudden situation. With a pre-defined route activated on the navigation system and relying on a suite of cameras and radars, the ProPILOT equipped Skyline is able to change lanes and choose the correct ramp; at the highway exit ramp, the system prompts the driver to take full control of the car, both with audio and visual cues.

Japanese Language Schools Face Tightened Rules

Japanese language schools face tightened rules

Japan's immigration authorities plan to tighten the rules on Japanese language schools to get them to raise their standards. Some schools have been criticized for their poor education levels.

Also, many students are reportedly working outside the classroom for more hours than they are supposed to.

Japanese Startup Sends Rocket Into Space

Japanese startup sends rocket into space

Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies has become the first private firm in the country to send a rocket into space.

The company launched a 10-meter-long rocket at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday from the town of Taiki in Hokkaido.

Japanese Venture Firm's Successful Rocket Launch

Japanese venture firm's successful rocket launch

A small rocket developed by a Japanese startup company was successfully launched on Saturday morning.

Interstellar Technologies, based in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, developed and produced the 10-meter-long rocket with a diameter of 50 centimeters.

Japanese Woman Welcomes 5th Imperial Era

Japanese woman welcomes 5th Imperial era

A 110-year-old woman in western Japan, who has already lived through four imperial eras, was visited by her great-great-grandchildren and other young members of her family, as the Reiwa era began.

Tsuru Ueda was born on November 22, 1908. She has lived through the Meiji, Taisho, Showa and Heisei eras in Japan.

Japanese Bureaucrat In Drugs Arrest

Japanese bureaucrat in drugs arrest

Police in Tokyo have arrested a government bureaucrat for allegedly smuggling illegal drugs into Japan.

Tetsuya Nishida, 28, an assistant section chief at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, was apprehended at his home on Saturday.

Japanese Diplomat Voices Concern Over Wto Ruling

Japanese diplomat voices concern over WTO ruling

A Japanese diplomat has expressed disappointment over a ruling at the World Trade Organization's appellate body that favors a South Korean ban on seafood from Japan.

Junichi Ihara, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva, spoke on Friday at a WTO meeting in which the ruling was officially adopted.

Two Japanese Opposition Parties To Merge

Two Japanese opposition parties to merge

Two opposition parties in Japan have decided to merge. Their leaders have called for others to follow suit.

Members of major opposition group, the Democratic Party For the People spent nearly seven hours in closed-door talks until early on Friday, before deciding to merge with the Liberal Party.

Mitsubishi Pajero Final Edition Marks End Of Japanese Availability

Mitsubishi Pajero Final Edition marks end of Japanese availability

Thirteen years ago, Mitsubishi discontinued the full-size Montero SUV in the U.S., and now the same thing is happening in its home country of Japan where it's called the Pajero. The company is marking the end of availability there with a Pajero Final Edition. Only 700 examples will be built.

There isn't a whole lot that separates the Pajero Final Edition from normal ones. It has serial number badging inside, and special stickers on the outside commemorating the SUV's introduction in 1982. One cool feature is a Citizen watch with Final Edition branding that's only available to buyers of this Pajero. For a little extra, customers can opt for an exterior package that adds a rear spoiler, chrome spare tire cover and mud flaps with aluminum plates that spell out Pajero. It comes standard with either a black or tan leather interior, a sunroof, roof rails, cold-weather package, and under the hood a 3.2-liter diesel I4 coupled to a selectable four-wheel-drive system and five-speed automatic transmission. The price for it is 4,530,600 yen, or $40,602 at current exchange rates.

One Japanese Killed, 4 Wounded In Sri Lanka

One Japanese killed, 4 wounded in Sri Lanka

Japan's Foreign Ministry says one Japanese national has died and four are injured in Sunday's simultaneous bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.

More than 200 people have been confirmed dead in the attacks which occurred in the largest city of Colombo.

Voting Underway In Japanese Local Elections

Voting underway in Japanese local elections

Voters across Japan are casting ballots in the second round of local elections to pick mayors and local assembly members. The races coincide with two Lower House by-elections that are seen as a bellwether for the Upper House elections this summer.

One of the by-elections is taking place in Okinawa. The ruling and opposition blocs are effectively facing off over plans to relocate a US airbase within the southern prefecture. The constituency, Okinawa's number-3 electoral district, includes the Henoko district of the city f Nago, where the central government is carrying out land reclamation to relocate the US Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station.

Blind Japanese Sailor And Friend Cross Pacific

Blind Japanese sailor and friend cross Pacific

A blind Japanese man has succeeded in sailing across the Pacific Ocean from the United States to Japan with assistance from his sighted American friend.

52-year-old Mitsuhiro Iwamoto and 55-year-old Douglas Smith arrived at Onahama Port in the city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Saturday morning. They were greeted by a crowd of well-wishers.