Heavy Rain Continues In Many Parts Of Japan

Heavy rain continues in many parts of Japan

Weather officials in Japan are calling for caution as continuing heavy rain could prompt landslides, flooding in low-lying areas as well as gusty winds across the country.

The Meteorological Agency says the lingering seasonal front is bringing active rain clouds to eastern and western parts of Japan. Warm, damp air is blowing into the rain front, creating unstable atmospheric conditions.

Rain To Intensify In Many Parts Of Japan

Rain to intensify in many parts of Japan

Weather officials in Japan are calling for caution as continuing heavy rain could prompt landslides, flooding in low-lying areas as well as gusty winds across the country.

The Meteorological Agency says warm, damp air blowing into the lingering seasonal rain front is making atmospheric conditions unstable in eastern and western Japan.

Warning Of Heavy Rain In Many Areas Of Japan

Warning of heavy rain in many areas of Japan

A tropical storm is approaching the southern shores of Japan's archipelago. Weather officials are warning of heavy rain across many areas of the country.

Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture had over 39 millimeters of rain between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Survey: Many Of Japan's Elderly Drive Cars

Survey: Many of Japan's elderly drive cars

A Japanese government survey shows a quarter of the country's population aged 80 or older drive cars.

This year's white paper on Japan's aging society has been released amid growing concerns over a series of serious traffic accidents involving elderly drivers.

Toyota Adding Automatic Engine Shutoff And Automatic Park To Many 2020 Models

Toyota adding automatic engine shutoff and automatic park to many 2020 models

Toyota intends to further enhance the safety of its 2020 models with two new customer protection features for the North American market: automatic engine shutoff and automatic park. For cars equipped with the carmaker's Smart Key System keyless entry, automatic engine shutoff does exactly what it says "after a pre-determined period of time in the event the vehicle is left running." Toyotas with keyless entry already sound a chime and provide a visual warning about a running engine; the new system enhances those two cautions as well.

Toyota didn't specify how long is "a pre-determined time." Nor did it explain if this will operate when the car is idling but there's a driver in the vehicle, or if it's only when the car detects the driver leaving. A New York Times story last year noted the deaths of some 28 drivers over 12 years, in which the drivers unintentionally left their cars running in their garages. The reason has been identified as "keyless" proximity fobs and push-button start, where owners, perhaps older drivers more accustomed to a keyed ignition, overlooked the fact they didn't turn off the engine, which flooded their homes with exhaust fumes.

Toyota Sells Fewer And Fewer Manual Transmissions — Here's How Many Fewer

Toyota sells fewer and fewer manual transmissions  — here's how many fewer

It probably comes as no surprise that manual transmissions are on uncertain ground these days. Fewer models are offered with them, and public perception is that rowing-your-own is more of an enthusiast thing. But carmakers do not stick with automatics for no reason: expected and realized demand tells manufacturers if it's worth engineering a three-pedal variant. A good example is the new Toyota Supra, which only comes as automatic. There's surely a justified reason for the omission of a manual option, especially when we take a look at these manual take-rate figures provided by CarBuzz.

You can buy the Corolla sedan and hatch as a manual, just like the Tacoma, Yaris sedan and the 86 coupe. CarBuzz discussed the manual gearboxes' popularity with a Toyota representative at a Supra launch event, and the numbers are telling.

Hokkaido Quake Leaves Many People Stranded

Hokkaido quake leaves many people stranded

The strong earthquake in Hokkaido on Thursday has left a number of people stranded. The authorities have confronted the problem by opening provisional shelters.

The Hokkaido Railway Company, also known as JR Hokkaido, says passengers remain on several trains that stopped between Minami-Chitose and New Chitose Airport and elsewhere.

Xbox One Reportedly Sold Half As Many Consoles As Ps4

Xbox One Reportedly Sold Half As Many Consoles As PS4

When it comes to announcing and sharing details about console sales, Sony and Nintendo aren’t too share to reveal those figures. Microsoft on the other hand has been somewhat mum on that for their own reasons, but it seems that there could be a reason why, and that is because the console might not be selling as well as the competition which could make Microsoft look bad.

According to video game industry analyst Daniel Ahmad who works at Niko Partners, he claims that the global install base for the Xbox One is sitting at 41 million to date. That is an impressive figure, but when you consider that the PS4 has sold 91.6 million units to date, then it starts looking a lot less impressive than before.

Many Around Nuclear Plants Lack Iodine Tablets

Many around nuclear plants lack iodine tablets

An NHK survey shows that more than 40 percent of the people living around nuclear power plants across Japan have not yet received iodine tablets as a precaution in the event of a nuclear accident.

Radioactive iodine may be released into the environment during an accident at a nuclear plant. The substance could cause cancer when taken into the thyroid gland. Use of iodine tablets is a preventive measure.

Facebook In Dark About How Many Affected In Japan

Facebook in dark about how many affected in Japan

Facebook says it doesn't know how many Japanese users were affected by a recent security breach.

A senior Facebook official in charge of privacy spoke to reporters in Japan via video link from the US, following the announcement that hackers stole data from about 29 million user accounts.

Experts: Many Factors Behind Typhoon Storm Surges

Experts: Many factors behind typhoon storm surges

Japanese researchers say multiple factors were behind the very high storm surges observed in western Japan during a powerful typhoon last week.

A team at the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience analyzed sea levels in the Kansai region when Typhoon Jebi hit on September 4th.

Heavy Rainfall Across Many Regions In Japan

Heavy rainfall across many regions in Japan

Heavy rain is battering wide areas of Japan. Weather officials warn that if rainfall continues to increase there is a risk of landslides and swollen rivers.

The severe weather is being caused by a rain front extending across the region, as well as an influx of moist air.

Another Hot Day For Many Parts Of Japan

Another hot day for many parts of Japan

Japanese weather officials are warning that the persistent and severe heatwave will likely bring another hot day to western and eastern Japan.

The officials are urging people to take strict precautions against heatstroke, as what they call a life-threatening hot spell continues to grip the Japanese archipelago.