Hayabusa2 To Make 2 More Landings On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 to make 2 more landings on asteroid

Japan's space agency JAXA says its space probe Hayabusa2 is scheduled to make one or two more landings on the asteroid Ryugu before July.

Officials say one attempt will be the first of its kind, involving the use of a device called an impactor to create a crater-like hole on the surface.

Leasing Firm Finds More Defects

Leasing firm finds more defects

A major Japanese real estate leasing company says it's found more than 1,300 of its apartment buildings nationwide don't meet government standards. It will ask almost 8,000 residents to move out to carry out repairs.

The problem is that fireproof structures and soundproofing materials in ceilings and outer walls aren't up to standard.

More Details Emerge On Child Abuse Case

More details emerge on child abuse case

More details have emerged on the death of a ten-year-old girl due to suspected abuse by her parents.

Mia Kurihara was found dead at her home in Noda City, near Tokyo, in late January. Police have arrested her parents on suspicion of inflicting injuries.

More Failures Found In Fatal Child Abuse Case

More failures found in fatal child abuse case

Officials at a child welfare center near Tokyo say they do not know when a 10-year-old girl who was temporarily in their care returned to her parents' home where she was fatally abused.

Mia Kurihara was found dead at her home in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, in late January. Her parents have been arrested on suspicion of inflicting injuries.
The prefecture's child welfare center has been criticized for its handling of the case.

Smaller, More Portable Nintendo Switch In Development

Smaller, More Portable Nintendo Switch In Development

There have been rumors that Nintendo could be working on a refreshed Switch console. This isn’t surprising given that other console makers such as Sony and Microsoft have been known to introduce new and updated models during a console’s lifecycle. This is according to a report from Nikkei (via The Verge) who claims that a smaller, more portable, and more affordable Nintendo Switch could be in the works.

The report claims that this Nintendo Switch will be focused on portability and that certain features of the console might be cut in order to make it cheaper. There is no mention of what those features might be, so it is unclear what features might be omitted in order for the console to be priced more affordably.

2019 Honda Passport First Drive Review | Less Is More, Adventure Style

2019 Honda Passport First Drive Review | Less is more, adventure style

MOAB, Utah — The 2019 Honda Passport graces dealer lots on Feb. 4, and we can pinpoint 35,002 reasons for the debutante's arrival. The blatant, bottom-line rationale was that about 35,000 buyers defected from the brand every year because Honda had nothing to serve "adventure-seekers who want ... the more personal and rugged character of a five-passenger SUV." The Honda Pilot looks too much like it has a large family to support, the CR-V looks too much like the central piece in a My First Family Starter Kit.

Watching the population of a small American city abandon the brood every year is awful enough. Beyond that, according to Honda's numbers, the Passport's segment will grow 25 percent in the next five years to about 725,000 vehicles. At the soft-core end, Ford sold 134,122 Edges in the U.S. last year. Among the hardcore set, Toyota rang up 139,694 4Runner sales in 2018. The Jeep Grand Cherokee triggered the "TILT!" sign with 224,908 sales. Numbers of that magnitude cast a tall shadow, and Honda got tired of living in it.