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.

Toyota La Coupe Prototype Is Real And Really Weird (official Update)

Toyota La Coupe Prototype Is Real And Really Weird (Official Update)

We reached out to Toyota and spoke to Senior Manager Nancy Hubbell about the La Coupe. She said that it’s an internal study from the carmaker’s Japanese division with no plans for getting it on the road. “It was just a concept study and they had to get some patents on it to show it in public,” Hubbell told Carscoops. “It was designed for Japan audiences and there's no talk of putting it into production.” (Update 4/18/2019)

Senior Official Lodges Protest With Us Ambassador

Senior official lodges protest with US ambassador

A senior Japanese foreign ministry official has lodged a protest with the US ambassador to Japan following the suspected suicide of a US military serviceman who is believed to have fatally stabbed his Japanese girlfriend.

Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Akiba called William Hagerty on Saturday. Akiba said the incident is extremely regrettable, and called for cooperation with the police investigation and thorough measures to enforce discipline and prevent a recurrence.

Labor Official Sacked Following Dispute In S.korea

Labor official sacked following dispute in S.Korea

A senior Japanese labor ministry official has been removed from his post, after being questioned by police in South Korea regarding a dispute he had with staff members at an airport.

The ministry says a division chief got into trouble on Tuesday at Gimpo Airport in Seoul on his way home from a holiday trip. He returned to Japan the same day.

Japanese Official Visits Mfo Camp In Egypt

Japanese official visits MFO camp in Egypt

A senior Japanese official has visited Egypt before the arrival of Self-Defense Forces personnel for an international peace mission.

The Multinational Force and Observers, or MFO, has been monitoring the ceasefire between Egypt and Israel on the Sinai Peninsula in eastern Egypt.

Joc Senior Official Stands By President Takeda

JOC senior official stands by president Takeda

A senior official of the Japanese Olympic Committee has defended president Tsunekazu Takeda over allegations of corruption, saying he should remain president when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympics.

In an interview with NHK, JOC Secretary General Eisuke Hiraoka said Takeda has fallen victim to a personal attack, despite following due procedures as committee president when bidding to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games .

First Official Nintendo Retail Store To Open In Japan This Year

First Official Nintendo Retail Store To Open In Japan This Year


It has been over a decade since Nintendo opened its first retail location in New York City. The company is now doing something similar for its home base. Nintendo has confirmed that the company will be opening an official retail store in Tokyo this year. This will be the first store that will be directly managed by Nintendo in Japan.

Nintendo’s Japan location will be located in Shibuya Parco which is the new flagship of the parco department store chain. The store’s opening in the fall of 2019 will coincide with the opening of Shibuya Parco.

Japan Official To Be Briefed On Us-n.korea Talks

Japan official to be briefed on US-N.Korea talks

Japan's Foreign Ministry has sent a senior official to Sweden, where US and North Korean officials are expected to prepare for a second summit of their leaders. Tokyo wants to get a first-hand briefing from the US side.

The ministry said on Sunday that the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau chief, Kenji Kanasugi, had left for Sweden.

Japanese Official Criticizes Moon On Compensation

Japanese official criticizes Moon on compensation

A senior official of Japan's Foreign Ministry has criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his remarks on souring bilateral ties over wartime compensation.

Moon said at a news conference on Thursday that the issue should be resolved with shared wisdom.

Us Official: Henoko The Only Solution

US official: Henoko the only solution

A US State Department spokesperson has suggested that a plan to build an airfield in Henoko, Okinawa Prefecture, is the only way to avoid the continued use of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, also in the prefecture.

The comment was part of a response to an inquiry by NHK.

Official Nintendo Wii U Facebook Page Will Be Shuttered This Friday

Official Nintendo Wii U Facebook Page Will Be Shuttered This Friday

Following the massive success of the Nintendo Wii, we’re sure that Nintendo assumed that the Wii U, which comes with a separate screen that you can play games on in case your TV is being used by someone else, would be an even bigger hit. It actually turned out to be the opposite where less than 5 years into the console’s life, Nintendo ended its production.