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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kadokawa Corp. has opened a cinema specializing in anime in Tokyo's Shinjuku district that is described as Japan's only movie-showing facility equipped with a cafe and gallery space.
The EJ Anime Theater, which opened on Dec. 22, was remodeled from the Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku, which reopened on July 28 as an anime theater.