Emperor Akihito Offers Words Of Gratitude

Emperor Akihito offers words of gratitude

A ceremony to mark the abdication of Emperor Akihito has been held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. He is set to abdicate at the end of Tuesday -- bringing an end to the Heisei era.

At the ceremony, the Emperor gave his final speech to the people in his current role.

Emperor Offers Condolences For Grand Duke Jean

Emperor offers condolences for Grand Duke Jean

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have visited the Luxembourg Embassy in Tokyo to offer their condolences over the death of Grand Duke Jean.

The Emperor and Empress left flowers at the embassy on Thursday morning.

City Offers $90 Mil. In Gift Cards To Donors

City offers $90 mil. in gift cards to donors

A city in western Japan is offering 90 million dollars' worth of shopping vouchers to people who donate to the municipal coffers, in defiance of the government's call to scrap the campaign.

Izumisano City in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, launched the campaign as part of a national tax program that allows people to donate to municipalities of their choice in return for a tax reduction and gifts.

Nissan's Carlos Ghosn Offers To Wear Electronic Ankle Tag If Released

Nissan's Carlos Ghosn offers to wear electronic ankle tag if released

TOKYO — Ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has offered to wear an electronic ankle tag and hire guards to monitor him in an unusual bid to secure his release on bail after two months of harsh detention in Japan for alleged financial crimes. Ghosn is also willing to remain in Tokyo, where he has leased an apartment, and post stock he owns in Nissan as collateral, his spokeswoman said. A new bail hearing is set for Monday after an earlier request was denied due partly to concerns the French executive was a flight risk. His release would allow Ghosn to meet more frequently with his lawyers and defend himself before the board of Renault, where he remains chairman and CEO, amid calls for his removal and potential moves to restructure the Nissan tie-up. Ghosn denies any wrongdoing as he awaits trial on charges of financial misconduct. "I will attend my trial not only because I am legally obligated to do so, but because I am eager to finally have the opportunity to defend myself," Ghosn said in a statement on Sunday. "I am not guilty of the charges against me, and I look forward to defending my reputation in the courtroom." Meanwhile, Ghosn's wife, Carole Ghosn, has written to French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss her husband's situation, her public relations representative said. The representative, Devon Spurgeon, confirmed a report in French paper Journal du Dimanche that a letter had been sent to Macron this month, but declined to provide details.

France wants a full merger

As Ghosn's arrest on Nov. 19 continued to cloud the outlook for Nissan's three-way alliance with France's Renault and Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan said it was not the time to discuss revising the partners' capital ties. Ghosn, who spearheaded Nissan's turnaround two decades ago, had pushed for a deeper tie-up between Nissan and Renault, including possibly a full merger by 2020, despite strong reservations at the Japanese firm. "We are not at the stage for such discussions," Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa told reporters on Monday. Saikawa said he had not heard directly about a reported proposal by the French government to integrate the Japanese carmaker's management with Renault. The Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday that a French government delegation had informed Tokyo that it would seek an integration of Renault and Nissan, most likely under the umbrella of a single holding company. "Since I have not heard this directly, I cannot comment," Saikawa told reporters. Japanese public broadcaster NHK quoted French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire as telling journalists that an integration proposal was "not on the table now." A source familiar with Nissan's thinking said the reported French proposal did not "make sense" given the two companies' different cultures, Renault's lower productivity and Nissan's bigger contribution of key technology. "It's a virtual merger, I don't think it makes sense," the source said, adding he had not heard directly of such a French proposal.

'Questionable ethical standards'

Renault, which dominates the partnership through its 43.4 percent stake in Nissan, is expected to meet within days to consider potential candidates to replace Ghosn as chief executive officer and chairman. Michelin Chief Executive Jean-Dominique Senard could be a good choice, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said in a newspaper interview. The co-chair of a committee set up by Nissan to examine the root cause of Ghosn's alleged financial misconduct and propose corporate governance reforms said on Sunday he believed Ghosn may have had dubious standards. "Having read the report on the internal investigation, my initial impression was that the head of the company may have had questionable ethical standards," committee co-chair Seiichiro Nishioka told a briefing late on Sunday after the panel held its first meeting. Nishioka, a former judge, added that he also saw problems with Nissan's governance, including the process of determining compensation for directors. The panel, comprising three Nissan external directors and four third-party members, expects to meet three or four times before making recommendations to Nissan's board in March on how to tighten lax governance and approval processes for matters including director compensation and chairman selection. All seven members attended the first meeting in Tokyo, including Jean-Baptiste Duzan, an external director based in France. For four hours, they discussed issues with two people involved with Nissan including how power had been heavily concentrated with Ghosn for years, Nishioka said, and possible ways to avoid such focus in the future. Nishioka added that such a concentration of authority in one person was "questionable." Nissan and partner Mitsubishi Motors, in which Nissan owns a controlling 34 percent stake, have been conducting their own internal investigations into alleged wrongdoing by Ghosn. On Friday both accused him of improperly receiving $9 million in compensation from a joint venture between the two automakers, raising the possibility that the former boss of the Nissan-Renault alliance could face a fresh charge of embezzlement.

Not Content With Capsule Hotels, Japan Now Offers Capsule Offices Too

Not Content With Capsule Hotels, Japan Now Offers Capsule Offices Too

One of the many things that Japan is known for are its capsule hotels. These hotels are designed for the office worker who might have worked too late to take the train home, and just needs a relatively affordable place for a hot shower and a good night’s rest. However it seems that Japan has taken the capsule concept and expanded it to now offer capsule offices too.

These capsule offices can be found in East Japan Railway’s Tokyo, Shinjuku, and Shinagawa Stations. Known as “Station Work”, these are little pods that can be used for free and up to 30 minutes at a time. Each pod will provide the user with WiFi, a desk, a monitor, and also USB charging outlets.

Yasuda Offers Thanks In Statement

Yasuda offers thanks in statement

The wife of freed journalist Jumpei Yasuda has read out a statement penned by him upon his return to Japan. He was released from more than 3 years of captivity in Syria by rebel forces.

Yasuda's wife Myu held a news conference at Narita Airport near Tokyo on Thursday evening after he arrived there.

Tokyo Festival Offers Free Pacific Saury

Tokyo festival offers free Pacific saury

Crowds have gathered at a Pacific saury festival in Tokyo to sample the autumn delicacy from northern Japan.

The annual event was held on Sunday in front of JR Meguro station. The organizers brought in a fresh catch of about 7,000 fish from the city of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture.

New Nikon Mirrorless Camera Leak Offers A Size Comparison

New Nikon Mirrorless Camera Leak Offers A Size Comparison

A few days ago, photos surfaced which seemed to show off Nikon’s upcoming mirrorless camera. It was hard to see the details in the camera, but from what we could tell based on the model holding the device, it seems to be slightly larger compared to other mirrorless cameras, although admittedly this could have simply been a matter of perspective.

However it turns out that might not necessarily be the case. According to photos posted on the Xitek Forum (via Nikon Rumors), it shows off the alleged Nikon mirrorless camera compared against Sony’s A7 mirrorless camera. As you can see in the photo above, the Nikon is noticeably bigger compared to the Sony, although it appears that their sensor sizes are the same.

Apple Offers Free Repairs For Customers Affected By Japan Floods

Apple Offers Free Repairs For Customers Affected By Japan Floods

Some of you guys might have heard how in southwestern Japan, that area of the country has been hit with devastating floods where more than 8 million people were advised to evacuate, and where it has been reported tha 225 people have died as a result of the flood and an additional 13 reported missing.

No doubt a lot of people are affected by the floods with their homes and belongings having been destroyed. Thankfully it seems that Apple is looking to lend a hand to those affected by the floods and have announced that they will be offering free repairs to customers whose Apple devices might have been damaged during the course of the flood.

Sony Days Of Play 2018 Sale Offers Great Discounts On Ps4

Sony Days of Play 2018 Sale Offers Great Discounts On PS4

Sony’s annual Days of Play sale is back and it’s offering some great discounts on games and the PlayStation 4 console. The company is even selling a limited edition Days of Play PS4 in blue and gold color that’s going to be available for a limited time only. The deals will be available through participating retailers across the United States and Canada.

The limited edition Days of Play Limited Edition PS4 is going to be available for purchase starting June 8th for $299.99. Aside from its custom paint job, the console also has a 1TB hard drive with a gold PlayStation symbol design at the center of the top surface. It ships with a matching DualShock 4 controller that has subtle gold PlayStation shapes on the touchpad.