Abe: Kim Learned Us Takes Abductions Seriously

Abe: Kim learned US takes abductions seriously

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have learned that the United States attaches great importance to abductions of Japanese nationals.

Abe was speaking in a Diet session, responding to a question about last week's meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump. A Diet member said prospects for solving the abduction issue may have receded, as Trump and Kim ended their meeting without an agreement.

Concrete Genie: 6 Things We Learned At Pgw, Song Debut

Concrete Genie: 6 Things We Learned at PGW, Song Debut

Amazing visuals and an intriguing concept – if you were watching the PlayStation Media Showcase during Paris Games Week, you can't have failed to notice Concrete Genie, Pixelopus' unique third person 3D action adventure, which stole everybody's heart.

It's only the studio's second title (after Entwined) but it's already cementing itself as one of 2018's bright spots on PlayStation 4. As lonely protagonist Ash, you're tasked with bringing a polluted town back to life with magic paint, by using the Dualshock 4's motion controls to freely draw friendly and helpful creatures on its crumbling walls.

Toyota's Ft-4x Concept Learned The Wrong Lessons From The Honda Element Experiment

Toyota's FT-4X concept learned the wrong lessons from the Honda Element experiment

When you build a car, there are three groups of people that matter – a love triangle, if everything goes well. There are the marketers who figure out how to sell what the carmaker builds, the critics (read: us) who leverage our experience and knowledge to grade the thing, and then there's the buyer. The latter is by far the most important to a car's success, or failure.

To understand the challenges facing the FT-4X (if it eventually becomes a production model), you need to understand what happens when things get misaligned between these three groups. Maybe the famous Pontiac Aztek comes to mind – it was notoriously the product of the marketers who obstinately insisted that the vehicle would work great for the target demographic. Critics and buyers both panned it; sales fell woefully short of the target, and it shuffled into its punchline afterlife.

Feature: Lessons Learned In Protecting Shinkansen Passengers

FEATURE: Lessons learned in protecting shinkansen passengers

On Oct. 23, 2004 at 5:56 p.m., the first bullet train derailment in history occurred when a shinkansen en route from Tokyo to Niigata went off the tracks following a powerful earthquake in the Chuetsu region of Niigata Prefecture.

Toki No. 325 was cruising at a speed of 204 kilometers per hour on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line between Urasa and Nagaoka stations when the temblor hit. It was the first bullet train to derail since Japan started high-speed railway services in 1964.