Tokyo's Okura Hotel Unveils Swank New Look

Tokyo's Okura hotel unveils swank new look

A historic landmark Tokyo luxury hotel has unveiled its new facilities before reopening next Thursday.

The old main building of what is now The Okura Tokyo closed four years ago for rebuilding.

Govt. Urged To Look Into Cases Of Unpaid Doctors

Govt. urged to look into cases of unpaid doctors

Japan's doctors' union has urged the government to carry out a nationwide inspection on all university hospitals to find out whether they are providing young doctors with proper remuneration.

Education ministry revealed for the first time last month that 2,191 doctors at 50 university hospitals of medicine and dentistry worked without pay.

2021 Nissan Rogue Spy Shots Give Us Our First Look At The Next-gen Crossover

2021 Nissan Rogue spy shots give us our first look at the next-gen crossover

Here's our first look at what we think is the next-gen Nissan Rogue, and it looks like Nissan is shaking it up this time. The swoopy and swept-back design on the current Rogue's front end is nowhere to be found, as it's replaced by a blocky, straight up and down look. If not for the semi-visible V-Motion grille seen through the wrappings, it would be rather difficult to I.D. this car.

Much of that is due to the rather generic crossover shape seen through the camouflage. The closest thing to a Rogue-like concept car we've seen from Nissan as of late is the Xmotion, and this doesn't exactly take much inspiration from the wild concept. That particular car is much more rugged in appearance, while this one remains a staid crossover, making sure it doesn't rock the boat. One specific design element we can pick out is a separate headlight/driving light setup. Similar to cars like the Hyundai Santa Fe or Chevrolet Blazer, the Rogue appears to be splitting up the DRL from the main headlight. The size of the gap between the two visible headlight fixtures is just too large for it all to be one massive headlight unit. With headlights getting smaller all the time, and this design trend starting to take off, it's no big surprise to see it here.

Look At This Epic Honda Civic Type R Rally Car

Look at this epic Honda Civic Type R rally car

The Honda Civic Type R is an absolute joy to drive on-road, but this rally build looks mouthwateringly good from the limited photos available. Details are scant, but Honda reportedly collaborated with Ralph Hosier Engineering (RHEL) to build the car. Its name is the Honda Civic Type OveRland, and we're totally into it.

Apparently, Honda UK had a hand in this project, which isn't entirely surprising after seeing the other Type R builds they supported. Let us remind you of the Civic Type R pickup and the Type R wagon Honda UK built. This particular build uses the stock Type R powertrain, so it's still powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. However, the suspension has been lifted a massive four inches, and the track widened considerably. A new bodykit allows room for the big knobby tires sitting at all four corners — it also creates additional cooling vents, and these are actually functional.

Statistical Look At The 30 Years Of Heisei

Statistical look at the 30 years of Heisei

Japanese government statistics from the 30 years of the Heisei era highlight the country's population getting smaller and greyer, and the rapid spread of the Internet. The Heisei era, which started in 1989, will end on Tuesday with the abdication of Emperor Akihito.

Statistics from the internal affairs ministry show Japan's population has been shrinking since 2011, after peaking at 128 million in 2008. In 2015, the number of people 75 years old and above exceeded that of people 14 years and younger for the first time.

2020 Nissan Sylphy Gives Us A Look Of The New Sentra

2020 Nissan Sylphy gives us a look of the new Sentra

The new Nissan Sylphy has debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show. While the Sylphy name might not mean much to North American Nissan customers, it is highly likely the car will also serve as the new 2020 Nissan Sentra.

The latest iteration updates the Sylphy/Sentra to the current Nissan design language, complete with the C-pillar cut to achieve an illusion of a "floating" roof. The V-shaped, black-framed grille echoes the front end of the Leaf, for instance. Nissan says the new car's drag coefficient is 0.26, interestingly on par with the GT-R; the stance is now wider and the wheelbase longer, and it appears that the model takes a step away from the Versa's likeness towards the bigger Altima. Inside, there is a sporty-looking, driver-centric dash that is a clear improvement from the current car's cockpit, especially enhanced by the caramel-colored leatherette. The seats have a neat quilted pattern on them.

2020 Nissan Versa Revealed With A More Stylish New Look

2020 Nissan Versa revealed with a more stylish new look

The 2020 Nissan Versa is here, and it actually looks pretty alright. Nissan totally re-did the sheetmetal on its subcompact car, giving it a sleeker profile that's less frumpy. Off-the-bat we see the signature V-Motion grille up front with sharp angles and striking lines. There aren't many curves on this face, but we're alright with that. Then, around back, Nissan went with its ubiquitous floating roof design, and it might just be the smallest car that this design has ever appeared. In general, the Versa has less of a "basic transportation" look, but it'll be interesting to see what the base trim looks like.

We wouldn't say the interior is pretty by any means, but it definitely looks better than before, too. The range-topping SR trim we see here has some cool contrasting color stitching going on, and it even has a flat-bottom steering wheel. Again, we wouldn't count on those being in a base Versa.