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.
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.
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
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Former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was released on bail on Wednesday, was seen near his residence in Tokyo on Friday, in line with the conditions of his bail.
The 64-year-old has been indicted for aggravated breach of trust and underreporting his compensation. He walked out of a Tokyo detention center after spending over 100 days in custody and posting about nine million dollars as bail.
The arrest of Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn is causing ripples in France.
French media have widely reported the news.
The TV station FRANCE 24 reported it as breaking news on Monday.
Ghosn is also chairman and chief executive of French automaker Renault, which has a stake in Nissan.
The television said Ghosn was nicknamed "Le Cost Killer" and that he played a key role in turning around the formerly troubled Japanese automaker.
The Japanese media were given the rare chance to see a copy of the metal cylinder that will soon lose its 130-year status as the global standard for the kilogram.
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology displayed the copy on Monday. Like the original, it is made of an alloy of platinum and iridium.
The main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, now under construction, has been shown to media 2 years ahead of the games' opening.
The new national stadium in central Tokyo is scheduled to be completed by the end of November next year. The construction period has passed the halfway mark.
Japanese media startup Uzabase is acquiring Quartz, a New York-based online business news platform, from Atlantic Media.
Uzabase's deal with the U.S. media company is valued at $75 million-$110 million (8.2 billion yen-12 billion yen), depending on Quartz's financial performance, and expected to close within the next 30 days, both sides said Monday.