Abe: Coronavirus Vaccine Trials May Start In July

Abe: Coronavirus vaccine trials may start in July

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says clinical trials of a vaccine for the coronavirus are expected to begin in the country as early as July.

Abe made the disclosure at a Lower House Budget Committee session on Monday.

Sources: Tokyo Olympic Organizers Favor July 2021

Sources: Tokyo Olympic organizers favor July 2021

The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee will likely support the idea of delaying the Games to July of next year.

The committee has been working to set new schedules and secure venues for the events since they were postponed last week due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mandatory Charges For Most Plastic Bags From July

Mandatory charges for most plastic bags from July

Japan's government plans to require all retailers in the country to charge customers for plastic bags starting on July 1 next year. Environmentally-friendly bags will be exempt.

The plan was presented at a study meeting organized by the environment and industry ministries on Friday.

Xperia 1 Gets July 2019 Security Patches (55.0.a.2.314)

Xperia 1 gets July 2019 security patches (55.0.A.2.314)

Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia 1 flagship, which moves the build number from 55.0.A.2.278 to version 55.0.A.2.314. The update adds the July 2019 Android security patches. It is currently live on the dual SIM variant of the Xperia 1 (J9110), but should shortly arrive on the single SIM versions too (J8110, J8170).

Xperia Xz2 And Xz3 Get July 2019 Security Patches (52.0.a.8.107)

Xperia XZ2 and XZ3 get July 2019 security patches (52.0.A.8.107)

Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium and Xperia XZ3 which adds the July 2019 Android security patches. The new firmware moves the build number from 52.0.A.8.83 to version 52.0.A.8.107. No other changes have been noticed, but if you have updated, please let us know your impressions below.

Sony Replaces Pes 2019 With Detroit For July Ps Plus Free Games

Sony Replaces PES 2019 With Detroit For July PS Plus Free Games


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.

Ea Access Ps4 Launch Confirmed For July 24th

EA Access PS4 Launch Confirmed For July 24th


Electronic Arts launched its EA Access game subscription service almost five years ago for the Xbox One. The service enables subscribers to pay a monthly fee in return for which they get access to a substantial library of EA titles. The service has never been available on the PlayStation 4 but that’s set to change next month. EA has confirmed that EA Access is going to launch on the PS4 on July 24th.

It was actually Sony that rejected EA Access for the PlayStation 4 back in 2014 because it made all the sense in the world for EA to offer this service on both major gaming platforms. It had no reason to choose Xbox over PlayStation but it couldn’t serve the latter because Sony didn’t allow it. It’s unclear what made Sony change its mind but it has now been officially confirmed that EA Access for PS4 will be available starting July 24th.

Playstation Plus Games For July 2019 Revealed

PlayStation Plus Games For July 2019 Revealed

Sony offers a handful of games for free every month to members of its PlayStation Plus program. July 2019 is going to be no different. Sony has now confirmed the free games lineup for the coming month. The focus is going to be on sports titles in July so those who’re into sports will particularly like the lineup.

PES Productions’ Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 is the first title on the Sony PS Plus free games list for July 2019. It’s the only true competitor to the FIFA franchise from Electronic Arts. However, it doesn’t have some of the top-level clubs and leagues largely because EA has deeper pockets to pay for those expensive licenses that guarantee exclusivity to its franchise. PES fans do appreciate the franchise for its solid gameplay.

Japan To Hold Upper House Election On July 21

Japan to hold Upper House election on July 21

Japan will hold an Upper House election next month.

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided on Wednesday to hold the ballot and vote-counting on July 21. Official campaigning will kick off on Thursday of next week.

Sony Xperia 1 U.s. Release Confirmed For July 12th

Sony Xperia 1 U.S. Release Confirmed For July 12th


Sony unveiled its new flagship smartphone the Xperia 1 earlier this year in February. It’s a bit different from the other flagships on the market as it has a super tall 21:9 aspect ratio 4K HDR OLED display. The company today confirmed when this device will be coming to the United States. You will be able to purchase it on July 12th but bear in mind that it’s going to cost a pretty penny.

Sony confirmed today that the Xperia 1 is going to be available for purchase in the United States starting July 12th for $949. The price tag isn’t that outrageous when you consider how much top-tier smartphones are going for these days. Most of them are priced around the same level.

New Shinkansen Model To Debut In July 2020

New Shinkansen model to debut in July 2020

A Japanese railway operator says a new Shinkansen bullet train model will be put into service in early July next year, just before the start of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Central Japan Railway has been test-running the N700S model since last year.

Negoto To Disband After One-man Live In July

Negoto to disband after one-man live in July

Negoto will kick off their nationwide one-man tour 'Okuchi Pokan! LAST TOUR ~Netemo Sametemo Negoto ja naito~' in May. They have announced that they will disband after the finale on July 20 at Zepp DiverCity TOKYO. 

The group decided to disband after they thought about their plans for their tenth anniversary since their major debut in 2020, and felt that they've done all they could do. They said to their fans, "Thanks to everyone's support until now, we were able to see many wonderful scenes. Thank you very much. It would make us happy if you would watch over the members' lives from now on.