Japan Sets 6-month Whaling Quota At 227

Japan sets 6-month whaling quota at 227

Japan says it plans to catch 227 whales between July and December.

The fisheries ministry announced the six-month quota on Monday before ships left to resume commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years. The ministry says the ships will only operate in Japan's territorial waters and exclusive economic zones.

Dr. Mario World Will Launch On Ios And Android Devices Next Month

Dr. Mario World Will Launch On iOS And Android Devices Next Month

If you enjoy games like Bejeweled where you match gems of similar colors to “clear” a space, then you might have played games like Dr. Mario in the past. If you enjoyed the game, then you might be pleased to learn that Nintendo has since announced a new Dr. Mario game that will be coming onto iOS and Android devices next month.

Dubbed Dr. Mario World, this is a game that seems to be pretty similar in concept to the original. According to Nintendo’s description of the game, “Match capsules with viruses and watch them disappear! Simply match three objects of the same color vertically or horizontally to clear them. Take your time, because each puzzling stage’s configuration of viruses must be cleared using a limited number of capsules.”

Mario Kart Tour Beta Release On Phones Confirmed For Next Month

Mario Kart Tour Beta Release On Phones Confirmed For Next Month


Nintendo fans have long been waiting for Mario Kart Tour, which is basically the mobile-friendly version of Mario Kart. Not a lot of details have been revealed about this title which has already been delayed once. It was due to be released in March 2019 but Nintendo confirmed in January that the launch was being pushed back to the summer. The company has now revealed that the Mario Kart Tour beta is going to be released for smartphones next month.

Mario Kart was the next Nintendo game to get the mobile treatment after Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Its arrival on smartphones was confirmed back in January last year so it has indeed been a long wait for fans. Even at that point in time, Nintendo hadn’t revealed much about the game other than its title and the vague release timeline.

1 Month Until Emperor's Abdication

1 month until Emperor's abdication

Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate in exactly one month, bringing the current Heisei era to a close. He is expected to carry out his duties as the symbol of the state until the day of his abdication on April 30.

On Monday, the Emperor is scheduled to sign and stamp a government ordinance for changing the era name after it is approved by the Cabinet.

Former Nmb48's Suto Ririka To Retire From Showbiz At The End Of The Month

Former NMB48's Suto Ririka to retire from showbiz at the end of the month

Former NMB48's Suto Ririka has announced that she will be retiring from showbiz at the end of the month. 

Suto had been continuing her entertainment activities while aiming to become a philosopher. According to a person affiliated with her agency, she had asked to retire last spring, and since then, there had been many discussions about her future path. Finally, it was decided that she would be retiring according to her will. Although there are programs scheduled to air in February that she's already done recording for, her activities will officially end this month. 

Hayabusa2 Probe To Attempt Landing Next Month

Hayabusa2 probe to attempt landing next month

Japan's space agency says its Hayabusa2 probe will try to land on its target, the asteroid Ryugu, next month.

Officials of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said on Tuesday that they will make the attempt during the week of February 18th.

Playstation 4 Outsold The Xbox One And Switch Last Month

PlayStation 4 Outsold The Xbox One And Switch Last Month


Sony’s PlayStation has had a great run ever since it was first launched back in 2013. The console still continues to outsell its competition and this was the case in the month of October 2018 as well. The latest data from NPD Group shows that the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch in terms of dollar and units sold last month.

The overall spending on gaming hardware was up 26 percent in October 2018 compared to last year. The industry firm noted significant gains in spending on both PS4 and Xbox One. Hardware spending has surged 19 percent so far this year with the PS4, Xbox One, and devices like the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition being the solid growth drivers.

Ps4 Was The Best Selling Console In The U.s. Last Month

PS4 Was The Best Selling Console In The U.S. Last Month

Sony’s PlayStation 4 console has done very well ever since it was launched and it continues to do well, aided partly by new titles such as Marvel’s Spider-Man which may have driven people on the fence to purchase the new console. A new report from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group reveals that the PlayStation 4 was the best selling gaming console in the United States last month.

Sharp's 8k Tv To Begin Shipping To Customers Next Month

Sharp's 8K TV To Begin Shipping To Customers Next Month

#CEATEC2018 – 4K is poised to become the standard resolution for the foreseeable future, and to a certain extent it is halfway there as we’re seeing more displays offer 4K resolution, and more devices that can capture 4K video. However in the future we could be looking at displays with even higher resolution, such as 8K, and it seems that Sharp is already ready to deliver.

Ngt48's Kado Yuria To Halt Her Activities For A Month

NGT48's Kado Yuria to halt her activities for a month

NGT48 member Kado Yuria will be taking a break from her group activities beginning September 24. 

On the group's official website, an explanation has been published, stating, "She had been experiencing back pain from before and had been continuing her activities while monitoring her condition. After examination at the hospital the other day, it was decided that she take a break for about a month as she was at the risk of getting worse." She will resume her activities upon consultation with the doctor.

Japan To Test Space Elevator This Month

Japan To Test Space Elevator This Month

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The first trial of a “space elevator” will be conducted by a Japanese team later this month. They will be testing the technology by sending two miniature satellites up in space. The test equipment has been developed by researchers at the Shizuoka University. It will get a ride on an H-2B rocket that Japan’s space agency is launching next week from the southern island of Tanegashima.

Kamen Joshi's Igari Tomoka To Make A Comeback At The End Of The Month

Kamen Joshi's Igari Tomoka to make a comeback at the end of the month

After an unexpected accident, Kamen Joshi's Igari Tomoka became paralyzed on both lower limbs. It's been reported that she will be resuming her activities on August 26's 'Kamen Joshi Live' at Kamen Joshi Cafe. 

Igari was injured on April 11 after being crushed under a signboard that was knocked over from a strong wind. She became paralyzed on both lower limbs and was on the verge of giving up her show biz work. However, she worked hard in rehab as she had the strong will to stand on stage again.