Supermarket Opens In Fukushima's Namie Town

Supermarket opens in Fukushima's Namie town

A supermarket has opened in the town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, with was devastated by the nuclear disaster in 2011. It is the first supermarket to operate in the town since the accident. Evacuation orders were partially lifted two years ago.

Major supermarket chain Aeon opened the new outlet in Namie Town on Sunday, drawing many shoppers.

Nagoya Sumo Tournament Opens

Nagoya sumo tournament opens

The July Grand Sumo Tournament opened on Sunday in the central Japanese city of Nagoya.

Yokozuna Grand Champion Hakuho returned to the ring after skipping the May tournament due to an injury.

Japan's Studio Ghibli Theme Park Opens In 2022

Japan's Studio Ghibli Theme Park Opens In 2022

Studio Ghibli’s many fans across the globe will be excited to find out that Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic outfit has decided to open an official theme park in Japan. It was rumored and promised for years that something like this would happen. It was finally confirmed officially this week that Ghibli will indeed be building a theme park in Japan.

Ghibli will team up with the Aichi Prefecture’s government on this project as well as the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper to build the park. While Ghibli merchandise is currently sold by Disney Parks and Walt Disney Pictures had once distributed the studio’s films in the United States as well, this theme park is not going to have an affiliation with Disney’s location in Japan.

Google Opens Android Infotainment System To Third-party Media Apps

Google opens Android infotainment system to third-party media apps

Now that Google has a full-fledged car infotainment platform in Android Automotive, it's opening the door to apps built for that platform. As of Google I/O, developers will have the power to create media apps for Android Automotive-equipped cars like the upcoming Polestar 2. It's using the same underlying framework as Android Auto, which should ensure that a favorite music or audiobook app will work properly across different touchscreen sizes and car customizations. You'll have to wait awhile for the first apps since the Polestar 2 doesn't arrive until 2020, and there aren't any publicly announced partners (although a preview graphic does show NPR One). Don't be surprised if the app ecosystem expands over the months ahead, though. And yes, Google intends to open Android Automotive to more than just media apps. The company has "plans" to enable apps for navigation, communication "and beyond," so you might have alternatives if you don't care for Google Maps or need a third-party internet calling service. The aim is ultimately to create an app ecosystem for cars that more closely resembles what you see on phones, rather than another take on the walled-off environments you see today. Android Developers

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J-village Station Opens In Fukushima

J-Village station opens in Fukushima

Japanese soccer players will have easier access to training from Saturday with the opening of a new railway station close to their facilities in Fukushima.

The J-Village station on the JR Joban Line in Fukushima Prefecture serves the J-Village training complex. The facility was previously used as an operations base for decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the 2011 accident.

Shinto Exhibition Opens In United States

Shinto exhibition opens in United States

An art exhibition on Japan's Shinto religion is attracting visitors in the United States.

"Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art" opened at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the state of Ohio on Tuesday. The show is being held in cooperation with the Nara National Museum and the Japan Foundation.

Daigo Fukuryu Maru Museum Opens After Renovations

Daigo Fukuryu Maru museum opens after renovations

An exhibition hall in Tokyo displaying a Japanese tuna fishing boat exposed to radiation from a US nuclear test in the Pacific decades ago has reopened after nine months of renovations.

The boat is Daigo Fukuryu Maru, meaning "Number 5 Lucky Dragon." It was contaminated by radioactive fallout from a US hydrogen bomb test on Bikini Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands in March of 1954. The boat was carrying a 23-member crew.

Railway Opens In Tsunami-hit Coastal Area

Railway opens in tsunami-hit coastal area

A coastal railway line running through a disaster-hit area of northeastern Japan has opened for business.

Miyako and Kamaishi stations on the Rias Line in Iwate Prefecture connect the northern and southern segments of the line, completing a network that stretches 163 kilometers.

Moomin Theme Park Opens Near Tokyo

Moomin theme park opens near Tokyo

A theme park based on the popular Moomin series of children's books has opened in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

A long line of people, including young visitors dressed as Moomin characters, formed before Saturday's opening. The park is located beside a lake in the city of Hanno.

Trial Opens For Ex-moritomo Gakuen Chief

Trial opens for ex-Moritomo Gakuen chief

A former school operator in western Japan has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding the central government through subsidies related to construction of an elementary school.

Former Moritomo Gakuen president Yasunori Kagoike and his wife Junko were indicted for defrauding the government, Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City, both in western Japan, out of about 1.5 million dollars in subsidies related to the school and its kindergarten.

Boating Season In Kumano-gawa Opens

Boating season in Kumano-gawa opens

Visitors and religious figures have marked the start of an annual riverboat season in western Japan.

A purification ceremony took place on Saturday on the Kumano-gawa River in Wakayama Prefecture. The river is part of the Kumano UNESCO World Heritage site.

Japan's Diet Opens Ordinary Session

Japan's Diet opens ordinary session

The Japanese Diet opens its ordinary session on Monday. The ruling and opposition parties are expected to hold heated discussions on several issues, including faulty labor surveys.

An opening ceremony is to be held with Emperor Akihito in attendance. This will be followed by a policy speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a plenary session of both houses.

Wetland Train Service Opens In Hokkaido

Wetland train service opens in Hokkaido

A railway operator in northern Japan has launched an annual steam locomotive service in the eastern part of Hokkaido Prefecture.

Hokkaido Railway Company operates the steam locomotive, commonly referred to as the Winter Wetlands line, that makes one roundtrip journey every day between Kushiro and Shibecha Stations.