A severe tropical storm is expected to make landfall and move through western Japan by Thursday evening. Weather officials are warning of torrential rains, strong winds and rough seas.
Meteorological Agency officials estimate the storm was situated 60 kilometers south of the city of Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture at noon on Thursday. The agency says Krosa is moving north at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour, producing violent winds.
Railway operators in western Japan say they may suspend train services due to the approaching severe tropical storm, Krosa.
West Japan Railway, or JR West, says it may suspend the Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train services all day on Thursday. The trains run between Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka City and Hakata Station in Fukuoka City.
A government body advising on decommissioning of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says removal of molten fuel should start in the facility's No.2 reactor.
Three of the plant's reactors suffered meltdowns in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Fuel debris is believed to lie at the bottom of their containment vessels.
NHK has learned that a study suggests an anti-heat measure for next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics may have an effect opposite to that intended.
The Tokyo Metropolitan and central governments are applying a special coating to more than 100 kilometers of roads, including the Olympic marathon course, to reduce surface temperatures.
Honda showed the Urban EV concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, then showed the Sports EV concept at that year's Tokyo Motor Show. Built on the same electric platform as the Urban EV, Honda designers showed how much classic sports car elan they could work into a diminutive package. The Urban EV has since become the production Honda E, due on sale later this year. Autoweek.nl recently dug up Japanese patent office images filed last December that show a potential production version of the Sports EV. The images show a redrawn coupe, the long hood and erect, aft-set glasshouse giving way to a more modish, elegant line. And we'd still rock it until its range ran out. Styling similarities with the Honda E and the original concept remain, such as the round headlights, bulging front fenders that arch above the hood, wide rear haunches, and black decorative panels. Yet within the fastback profile, the corners are much squarer, the cabin's been moved forward, and the taillights are triangular. Along with a shorter hood, the effect is that of a pure mid-engined silhouette, complete with what look like functional vents ahead of the rear wheels. Assuming the dimensions aren't vastly different from those of the show car, we're talking about a product around the size of a Mazda MX-5 Miata. It's not the "backyard custom car feel" that designer Makoto Harada aimed for with the concept, but it puts a lot of pert confidence in a small footprint. At that Tokyo show, Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said the chances of a production Sport EV concept "depend on feedback from Europe and Japan." Based on our own reading, the feedback's been outstanding, and we know Honda plans to expand use of the Honda E's platform into other vehicle classes, including a commercial vehicle. Of course, patent drawings are nothing more than bookmarks notating a particular piece of intellectual property. However, if Honda put its 35.k-kWh battery and electric motor with 148 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque into the car in these images, we think we'd be looking at another electric hit.
Japanese weather officials say a tropical storm may bring heavy rain to Pacific coastal areas of Japan from Saturday through Sunday. They are warning people to be on the alert for possible landslides and floods.
The Meteorological Agency says Tropical Storm Nari was over waters south of Japan as of Friday morning and is moving north-northwest at 20 kilometers per hour.
There have been quite a few reports recently about the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift. Many players have experienced that their joysticks are becoming unreliable and pointing them in random directions when they’re playing a game even when they haven’t been physically pushed. Nintendo hasn’t acknowledged that this is a defect yet but a new report claims that the company will fix Joy-Con drift for free even for customers who may be out of warranty.
There were reports that Nintendo could face a class action lawsuit over this so perhaps that’s why the company has decided to be proactive about this and fix the issue even for customers who may not be covered by warranty.