Media Center Opens For Enthronement Events

Media center opens for enthronement events

A media center for foreign journalists covering Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony on Tuesday opened at a Tokyo hotel on Monday.

The Cabinet Office says 450 members of the media from 73 countries will be visiting Japan to cover the events, in addition to 138 Tokyo-based correspondents from 33 foreign media organizations, who have already applied for credentials.

Nobel Laureate Yoshino To Speak To Media

Nobel laureate Yoshino to speak to media

Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino is scheduled to hold multiple interviews on Thursday, one day after it was announced he won this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Yoshino had interviews with broadcasters at a hotel in Tokyo early on Thursday.

Japan's New Environment Minister Speaks To Media

Japan's new environment minister speaks to media

Japan's new Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has pledged to make the most of his high profile to tackle climate change.

Koizumi, the son of popular former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, arrived at the Environment Ministry Wednesday evening following the first Cabinet meeting after a reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier in the day.

Japan Olympic Museum Shown To Media

Japan Olympic Museum shown to media

The Japan Olympic Museum will open in Tokyo on September 14. Members of the media were given a preview on Monday.

The museum, operated by the Japanese Olympic Committee, is located near the main stadium for next year's Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

Media Shown Arson Attack Victim's College Work

Media shown arson attack victim's college work

Art work by one of the victims of the Kyoto Animation arson attack has been shown to the media at his university.

Yuki Omura, who was 23, died in the fire at the animation studio in Kyoto last month. He had joined the company after graduating from the Faculty of Art and Design at Tokoha University in Shizuoka City in March.

Tokyo's New National Stadium Shown To Media

Tokyo's New National Stadium shown to media

Tokyo's New National Stadium, the main venue for next year's Olympics and Paralympics, has been shown to media ahead of its planned completion this year.

The stadium is about 90 percent finished. It's scheduled to be completed at the end of November.

Star Panda Meets Media Before 2nd Birthday

Star panda meets media before 2nd birthday

A popular giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has been shown to the media before she turns two on Wednesday.

Xiang Xiang was the first baby panda to be born at the zoo in five years. She now lives separately from her mother. On Monday, reporters watched her climbing a tree and eating bamboo shoots.

Vip Room Of Govt. Plane Shown To Media

VIP room of govt. plane shown to media

The VIP room of a Japanese government plane that was taken out of service in March has been shown to the media for the first time.

The Boeing 747 was used by prime ministers, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko for 26 years from 1993.

Airport Passcodes Mistakenly Sent To Media

Airport passcodes mistakenly sent to media

Officials at the operator of Fukuoka Airport in western Japan have mistakenly sent the entry passcodes for some doors in the airport building to media outlets.

They say they planned to send the codes by fax to shops and companies in the airport terminal on Monday evening. That was as part of measures to step up security ahead of a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Fukuoka City next month.

Next-generation Bullet Train Rolled Out To Media

Next-generation bullet train rolled out to media

Japan's next-generation Shinkansen bullet train was rolled out to the media in a demonstration test run on Thursday.

East Japan Railway Company aims to put the train into service in the fiscal year starting in April 2030. The Hokkaido Shinkansen line will then be extended to Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido. The company plans to operate the train at a maximum speed of 360 kilometers per hour.

Google Opens Android Infotainment System To Third-party Media Apps

Google opens Android infotainment system to third-party media apps

Now that Google has a full-fledged car infotainment platform in Android Automotive, it's opening the door to apps built for that platform. As of Google I/O, developers will have the power to create media apps for Android Automotive-equipped cars like the upcoming Polestar 2. It's using the same underlying framework as Android Auto, which should ensure that a favorite music or audiobook app will work properly across different touchscreen sizes and car customizations. You'll have to wait awhile for the first apps since the Polestar 2 doesn't arrive until 2020, and there aren't any publicly announced partners (although a preview graphic does show NPR One). Don't be surprised if the app ecosystem expands over the months ahead, though. And yes, Google intends to open Android Automotive to more than just media apps. The company has "plans" to enable apps for navigation, communication "and beyond," so you might have alternatives if you don't care for Google Maps or need a third-party internet calling service. The aim is ultimately to create an app ecosystem for cars that more closely resembles what you see on phones, rather than another take on the walled-off environments you see today. Android Developers

Reported by Jon Fingas for Engadget

French Media: Renault Mellows Toward Nissan

French media: Renault mellows toward Nissan

French media say automaker Renault is softening its stance toward Japanese alliance partner Nissan after demanding business integration.

The reports on Friday, including by leading financial newspaper Les Echos, say the French firm is now open to a more equal relationship.