Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has started selling a coronavirus testing kit for use by companies and organizations in Tokyo and the four neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Ibaraki.
The firm says the kit, launched on Monday, is being offered as a "risk assessment option to those who show no specific symptoms but are concerned about the spread of the virus."
One of the best racing games of the previous generation of game consoles (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC), "Burnout Paradise" got a visual remaster and re-release a couple of years ago for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. This year, it gets added to one more system, the Nintendo Switch, so you can enjoy the fast paced vehicular destruction anywhere.
Besides offering high-speed fun on the go, "Burnout Paradise Remastered" coming to the Switch is significant because this is the first time it will have been available for a Nintendo console. With the original release, Nintendo's only home console, the Wii, didn't have the digital horsepower to handle the high-definition graphics of the then-new Burnout game. So publisher EA and developer Criterion Games didn't create a version for the system. The remaster skipped the Nintendo Wii U, too, which considering the system's sales, wasn't a terrible idea. So this marks the first time for Nintendo loyalists to play the game.
Kimura Takuya and Kudo Shizuka's eldest daughter Cocomi has launched an Instagram account. In her first post, she announced that she has been appointed as the Japanese ambassador of Dior and will be on the cover of 'VOGUE JAPAN' that's due out on March 28.
She first greeted, "Everyone, nice to meet you. I'm Cocomi. Please treat me kindly!" On shooting the 'VOGUE JAPAN' cover, she commented, "It was such a wonderful experience. Thank you very much!"
Former Keyakizaka46 member Hirate Yurina has launched her official website.
Hirate passed Keyakizaka46's first generation audition in August of 2015 and had been the center for every one of the group's singles until she withdrew from the group this January. Since then, fans have been wondering about her future activities.
Officials with Japan's biggest trade union group say the coronavirus outbreak is causing a great deal of anxiety for workers. They say that in response to the growing number of inquiries they've been getting on the matter, they've set up a dedicated hotline to answer questions.
The officials say in recent weeks they've been receiving more and more calls, mainly from contract and part-time staff.
Nissan is going to try its hand in the car subscription game. Similar to other manufacturer's subscription efforts, Nissan's is also extremely limited in scope. If you live within 20 miles of the South Main neighborhood of Houston, this service is open for business, according to Nissan's press release. That covers a decent chunk of the greater Houston area, but certainly not all of it.
There are two tiers to choose from if you do want to subscribe to Nissans. The first tier costs $699/month, and allows access to the Altima, Rogue, Pathfinder and Frontier. Now, we know what you're thinking: $699/month for a Rogue? There's more to it. Nissan covers insurance, roadside assistance, regular maintenance, cleaning and delivery. The best part of the service is that Nissan allows for unlimited switching between vehicles, so you can swap every single day if you so desire. Still, it's not cheap, and all of those vehicles can be leased for much lower monthly rates — you're just on the hook for all the typical costs of ownership. We'll also note the $495 "membership activation" fee that you'll have to pay at the start, adding even more to the cost.
The Japanese government has launched a 136-million-dollar package to fight the coronavirus outbreak. It includes funds for the development of a vaccine and treatment for the illness caused by the virus.
The emergency plan was approved on Thursday at a task force meeting attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his full Cabinet.