Japanese Average Life Expectancy At Record High

Japanese average life expectancy at record high

The average life expectancy reached a record high for both male and female Japanese people last year. It was more than five years longer than in 1989, the year the three-decade Japanese era of Heisei started.

Japan's health and welfare ministry says the average lifespan last year was 87.32 years for women and 81.25 years for men. Both marked a year-on-year increase for the seventh consecutive year.

Nintendo Launches New Switch With Improved Battery Life

Nintendo Launches New Switch With Improved Battery Life


There’s a new Nintendo Switch available starting today. It’s not new in the sense that it’s a newer generation. Nintendo has simply refreshed the Switch console and says that this particular one comes with improved battery life. This should be an incentive to purchase for those who would like to have more battery backup when they’re out and about with their Switch.

The company says that this new Nintendo Switch model should provide gamers with an additional two hours of battery life. So this brings the usage estimates to between 4.5 and 9 hours, up from the current estimated battery life range of 2.5 and 6.5 hours.

Life-threatening Rain Forecast In Kyushu

Life-threatening rain forecast in Kyushu

Weather officials say extremely heavy rain will hit the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan through Thursday. They may issue emergency warnings if downpours continue for several hours in the same places.

The officials are warning people in the region to stay on the alert for rain-triggered disasters and to evacuate ahead of time without waiting for emergency advisories to ensure their own safety.

The Life Of The New Emperor

The life of the new Emperor

Emperor Naruhito has learned much from his father, the Emperor Emeritus, and inherited his aspirations.

The Emperor was born on February 23, 1960 -- the eldest son of the Emperor Emeritus and the Empress Emerita.

Tunisia Attackers Given Life Sentence

Tunisia attackers given life sentence

A Tunisian court has handed down life sentences to seven people involved in two deadly attacks at a museum and a resort hotel in 2015.

The first attack, at the Bardo museum in the capital Tunis, left 22 dead. Three Japanese nationals were among the victims.

Miura Shohei Talks About His Newlywed Life With Kiritani Mirei

Miura Shohei talks about his newlywed life with Kiritani Mirei

On January 17, actor Miura Shohei attended an event commemorating the opening of the first stores for tiramisu specialty shop 'HERO'S.' 

Miura also talked about things he want to challenge this year which include appearing in musicals and getting involved in voice acting. "I want to voice a Disney character. I want to become a voice actor! I've loved Disney since I was little," he said. 

Japan's New Life-sized Gundam Statue Will Be Able To Move

Japan's New Life-Sized Gundam Statue Will Be Able To Move


Several life-sized Gundam statues have gone up in Japan over the past few years. They could either move very little or not at all but that’s going to change with the latest one that’s being built now. A fourth anniversary Gundam project has been announced during a recent press conference. A “moving” 18-meter Gundam statue will be put up at the Gundam Factory Yokohama in the summer of 2020.

The image posted above is what was revealed at the press conference. Details are slim about how it will actually be able to move. Will the one-to-one scale Gundam be able to actually walk or will it just be able to lift a leg up?

Google Confirms That Dark Mode Helps With Android's Battery Life

Google Confirms That Dark Mode Helps With Android's Battery Life

We’re seeing more companies introduce dark mode to their apps these days. There are obvious reasons for dark mode, such as making an app easier on the eyes when using the app at night, and also giving users more options and flexibility in terms of how an app looks like. As it turns out, dark mode is also great for battery life.

During the Android Dev Summit, it seems that Google has confirmed that dark mode is better for overall battery life on Android. The company showed off a presentation slide where an app in dark mode and in max brightness draws considerably less power than an app that uses a lot of white in its design.

Yasuda Reveals More Details Of Life As Hostage

Yasuda reveals more details of life as hostage

NHK has learned that Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who was recently freed by militants in Syria, has spoken to Foreign Ministry officials about his time in captivity. He informed the officials that the militants told him a number of times that he might be released imminently, but then did not free him.

Yasuda returned to Japan on Thursday after being held hostage for 3 years and 4 months. Japanese Foreign Ministry officials accompanied him on his way back to Japan.