Lower House Approves 2nd Supplementary Budget

Lower House approves 2nd supplementary budget

The Lower House of Japan's Diet has approved a draft for a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year.

The draft budget, totaling more than 27 billion dollars, includes funds to reinforce infrastructure such as river embankments and roads to enable them to withstand natural disasters. It also aims to make schools earthquake-resistant.

No-confidence Motion Submitted To Lower House

No-confidence motion submitted to Lower House

Japan's opposition parties have jointly submitted a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before the current Diet session ends on Sunday.

The opposition camp, including the Constitutional Democratic Party, Democratic Party For the People and the Japanese Communist Party, submitted the no-confidence motion to the Lower House after a meeting of their leaders on Friday morning.

Lower House Passes Gambling-related Bill

Lower House passes gambling-related bill

Japan's Lower House has passed a bill paving the way for the opening of integrated resorts that include casinos. The bill has been sent to the Upper House for final Diet approval.

In debates in the plenary session on Tuesday, the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party said that the resorts will serve as a trigger for new growth and business.

Lower House Passes Work-style Reform Bill

Lower House passes work-style reform bill

Japan's Lower House has approved a bill on work-style reforms, a key priority for the government and the ruling parties.

A modified version of the bill was passed on Thursday with a majority vote of the ruling coalition and some opposition parties and was sent to the Upper House.

Android P Will Prevent Apps Built For Android 4.1 Or Lower From Running

Android P Will Prevent Apps Built For Android 4.1 Or Lower From Running

There are probably a ton of apps on the Google Play Store that haven't been updated since their release, and possibly for years. Maybe the developer has forsaken the app, or maybe the app is simple enough where despite the various updates to Android, it still works. However that will change with Android P.

According to a report from Android Police, it seems that with Android P, Google will block apps built for Android 4.1 or lower from running on the phone. This means that users who are still using these very old apps will not be able to use them if they decide to make the upgrade to Android P.

Skype For Android Optimized For Lower-end Devices

Skype For Android Optimized For Lower-End Devices

In recent times we've started to see how some developers are creating versions of their apps designed for devices that aren't as powerful as the higher-end handsets, or for phones in countries whose networks aren't as stable or fast. This is a strategy that has paid off big time for some, such as Facebook whose Messenger Lite app crossed 100 million installs last December.

That being said, it looks like Microsoft is trying to do something similar as well and have announced an update to its Skype messaging app, where in the latest update Microsoft has made the app optimized for lower-end Android handsets. "This update—starting to roll out in the next few days—is lighter on both disk and memory consumption, allowing for greater speed and better audio and video quality on lower end Android devices, as well as increased performance in challenging network conditions."

Lower Cost Of Image Sensor Business Lifts Sony's Annual Income Estimate

Lower cost of image sensor business lifts Sony's annual income estimate

According to a report by Reuters Japanese electronics manufacturer Sony has lifted its operating income estimate for the financial year ended March 31. Sony says it now expects an income of around ¥285 billion ($2.6 billion), which is up from a 240 billion yen estimate in February.

The main reason for the adjustment of the estimate are lower amortization costs for Sony's financial services segment but the company also cites lower-than-anticipated costs for its image sensor business. The company doesn't provide any more detail than that, so we can only speculate what those anticipated costs were. 

Toyota Adds Prius One Trim At Lower Price Of $24,360

Toyota adds Prius One trim at lower price of $24,360

Until now, the Toyota Prius started at the Two trim level for $25,570. That begged the question, "Why not start with One?" Now with the likes of the Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro coming on the scene, it seems the case for a cheaper Prius just gained some strength. As CarsDirect reports, Toyota is adding a Prius One trim level for $1,210 less than the previous entry price.

With a base MSRP of $24,360, it still fetches more than the Ioniq Hybrid's $23,035, or the Niro's $23,785, but it's slightly more competitive. At that price, the Prius loses its spare tire, rear wiper, and seatback pockets that come standard with the Two trim. On the other hand, the Prius retains the Toyota Safety Sense P system, which includes adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams. For drivers who value safety as much as economy, the Prius remains an attractive hybrid to live with, even in its simplest form.

Swimmer Watanabe Reveals Lower Body Training Helped Him Break World Record

Swimmer Watanabe reveals lower body training helped him break world recordSuper swimmer Ippei Watanabe -- who smashed the 200-meter breaststroke world record in Tokyo on Jan. 29 -- has revealed that improved lower body strength was a key factor behind breaking the world record.
The 19-year-old swimmer, who managed to chalk up an unprecedented time of 2 minutes and 6.67 seconds during the Kosuke Kitajima Cup at Tatsumi International Swimming Center in Tokyo, decided to work on his lower body strength following the 2016 Rio Olympics.

2017 Toyota Tarago: More Features, Lower Prices

2017 Toyota Tarago: More Features, Lower PricesToyota has significantly improved the value and appeal of its Tarago range by adding in-demand features and upgrading interiors while lowering prices.
Satellite navigation is now standard across the range, being rolled down to the volume-selling GLi and GLX four-cylinder and V6 variants at the same time as recommended retail prices for these variants have been reduced by $1,500.

Study: Japanese Male Managers At Higher Suicide Risk Than Those On Lower Rung

Study: Japanese male managers at higher suicide risk than those on lower rungJapanese male senior business managers, including executives, are at a higher risk for suicide than lower-level employees, according to the findings of a Japanese research team.
The results of the study, led by Koji Wada, a doctor specializing in public health at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo, showed the need for counseling services for business managers.