Weather Official Calls For People To Be Proactive

Weather official calls for people to be proactive

Japan's Meteorological Agency has called on people to be proactive after it issued a heavy rain emergency warning.

Agency official Yasushi Kajihara explained the warning, the highest on the agency's five-tier scale, at a news conference on Saturday. It was issued for Tokyo and six prefectures in central and eastern Japan.

Ex-official Was Executive At Plant Security Firm

Ex-official was executive at plant security firm

It has been learned that a former deputy mayor of the town of Takahama in central Japan who gave money and gifts to executives of Kansai Electric Power Company was a director of a local firm in charge of nuclear plant security.

Eiji Moriyama gave money and gifts worth about 3 million dollars to top executives and other officials of KEPCO, the operator of the Takahama nuclear plant in the town, over seven years through 2018. Moriyama died this year.

An Official Nintendo Switch Stylus Is Expected To Launch Later This Year

An Official Nintendo Switch Stylus Is Expected To Launch Later This Year

There have been many comparisons drawn up with the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS handheld console. This is because both consoles feature touchscreen controls and can be played in handheld mode. This is extra true with the Switch Lite that has been designed specifically for handheld gaming.

However, one of the unique features of the 3DS is its included stylus which can be used to play certain games, but now it looks like that line between the Switch and 3DS is about to get blurrer. This is because in a post on the ResetEra forums, it has been discovered that Nintendo has an official stylus designed for the Switch that will be launching later this year.

Kepco Executives Received $3 Mil. From Ex-official

KEPCO executives received $3 mil. from ex-official

A Japanese power company has disclosed that top executives received money and items worth about 3 million dollars from a former town official who was supportive of the company. The town hosts one of the firm's nuclear power plants.

Sources say the former official received large sums of money from a local construction firm that won contracts from Kansai Electric Power Company or KEPCO. They say tax officials found that some of the money was paid to the executives.

Kepco Execs Receive Money From Fmr. Local Official

KEPCO execs receive money from fmr. local official

Kansai Electric Power Company has disclosed that 20 employees including top executives received money and items worth about 320 million yen, or about 3 million dollars, from a former town official. The town hosts one of the firm's nuclear power plants.

KEPCO President Shigeki Iwane spoke at a news conference on Friday.

Trade Dispute Effects Show Up In Official Stats

Trade dispute effects show up in official stats

The fallout from a trade spat between Japan and South Korea is starting to show up in data from the Japanese government.

The statistics indicate exports of a high-tech material from Japan to South Korea were down more than 80 percent in July from the previous month.

Senior Japanese Official Meets Iran Fm

Senior Japanese official meets Iran FM

A senior Japanese official and Iran's foreign minister have agreed that the two countries should continue talks on ways to de-escalate tension in the Middle East.

Senior Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Mori met Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Saturday.

2020 Toyota Supra Clocks Official Lap Time At Buttonwillow: It's Fast

2020 Toyota Supra clocks official lap time at Buttonwillow: It's fast

After months of speculation, internet debate and nothing to go on but estimated Nürburgring lap times, it's official. The 2020 Toyota Supra is fast.  Mike Chang, co-founder of Evasive Motorsports, wrangled the brand spanking new Toyota sports car and Formula Drift champion Daijiro "Dai" Yoshihara, and brought them both to Buttonwillow Raceway in central California. With the drifter behind the wheel, the Supra clocked a 1:58.92 on the circuit's clockwise 13 configuration, the variant most hallowed by time attack fans. For context, a sub 2-minute lap time at Buttonwillow is considered very quick for a production car. The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) track record at Buttonwillow for a Spec Miata stands at 2:05.02. According to Fastestlaps.com, a 997 Porsche 911 GT3 ran a 2:01.50 on the circuit and a 997 Porsche 911 GT2 put down a 1:59.70. For those who prefer the English section of the SATs, that would mean the 2020 Toyota Supra is a full two seconds-plus quicker than the former naturally aspirated model and nearly a second faster than the turbocharged one.  Granted, we don't know the conditions for the two Porsche lap times and those are now two generations ago for Stuttgart, but for a Toyota starting with a base price of $50,920, that's a heady dose of bang-for-buck performance.  To be one of the first, if not the first 2020 Toyota Supra to ever set an official lap time, Los Angeles-based tuning shop Evasive Motorsports worked with Yume Sports, another speed shop based in Vancouver, Canada. Turns out, our neighbors to the north received deliveries of the new Toyota sports car before the U.S. did, and the Canadians had a vehicle ordered and shipped directly to Evasive Motorsports' garage in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.  In the time attack community, Evasive is a titan. Their shop turns out full track builds and have previously held three class records at time attack events. The new Supra is their latest project car, having literally been pulled off its transport at 8 p.m. this past Monday. The following morning, at dawn Tuesday, Chang drove the fresh-from-the-factory Toyota up to Buttonwillow with Yoshihara to serve as test pilot. In addition to drifting, Yoshihara has a considerable amount of circuit experience. He currently competes in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series and has also driven in Super Taikyu, a Japanese GT-spec racing series, 25 Hours of Thunderhill, among others.   "The new Toyota Supra was a lot faster than I expected," said Yoshihara. "I knew the car handled well from driving it before, but it's surprisingly very neutral when pushed to its limits. Power, steering, braking, and cornering are all super balanced. And for a modern car with all of the electronics, the Supra has really good feedback, you can tell what the car is going to do. It's a true driver's car."  Now that Evasive Motorsports has a base lap time for comparison, its real work begins.   "The first stage of the Supra build will be mostly bolt-ons," said Mike Chang. " Titanium exhaust, bucket seats and forged aluminum wheels will replace the factory units, saving weight. Adjustable coilovers suspension and sway bars will allow us to dial in handling, and a few aero modifications will help improve grip. Combine all of that with an ECU tune for more horsepower, and we should get the car to break into the 1:54s."    For the final bit of context, a 991 Porsche 911 GT3 RS ran a 1:54.50. The waitlist for an Evasive-spec 2020 Toyota Supra starts behind me. 

Weather Official Urges Action To Protect Lives

Weather official urges action to protect lives

Japan's Meteorological Agency has advised residents in rain-stricken parts of Nagasaki Prefecture to take all necessary action to preserve their lives.

The agency issued its highest level emergency warning for extremely heavy rain in some cities and towns in the southwestern prefecture on Saturday morning.

Want An Official Pokemon-themed Wedding? Head To Japan

Want An Official Pokemon-Themed Wedding? Head To Japan


Sure, you can have a Pokemon-themed wedding anywhere you want, but if you want your union to be blessed by The Pokemon Company, you’ll have to take a trip to Japan. ESCRIT is a Japanese company which does wedding ceremonies and it has partnered up with The Pokemon Company to plan officially licensed Pokemon-themed weddings.

There’s going to be a difference in a wedding that’s planned by Pokemon fans and the work done by this company with the blessings of the company that owns the rights to these cute monsters. Anything and everything has to be approved by the licensing department of the company.

Honda E Prototype's Official Production Name Is ... The Honda E

Honda E Prototype's official production name is ... the Honda E

Honda's coming electric city car has a name. Called the Honda Urban EV Concept when unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, then the Honda E Prototype for it's near-production reveal a couple of months ago, it will be known as the Honda E when it goes on sale. The Japanese carmaker says more than 22,000 people have registered interest online in the hot little five-door hatchback. European buyers in select markets will begin taking deliveries this year, with other markets to follow in early 2020.

Honda said the prototype model shown in February was "95% production ready." That will certainly please the crowd expected to pay a premium price for a luxury good. Autocar wrote "a ballpark figure is £35,000" ($45,500) for the Honda E. That will get more than 98 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque from the rear-mounted electric motor driving the rear wheels, and about 125 miles of range on the WLTP cycle from a battery expected to come in around 30 kWh.

Imperial Couple Attend Last Official Engagement

Imperial couple attend last official engagement

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have attended an awards ceremony for an environmental prize. It was their last official engagement outside the Imperial Palace before the Emperor's abdication on April 30.

The Emperor and Empress waved and smiled to well-wishers as their motorcade left the Imperial Palace on Friday morning for the Parliamentary Museum.