Paper Cranes Being Made In Hiroshima

Paper cranes being made in Hiroshima

People in Hiroshima have made paper cranes that symbolize peace, ahead of the 75th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Each year, about 13,000 strings of hand-made paper cranes are given to the Peace Memorial Park ahead of the annual ceremony on August 6.

Japan Defense Paper: Covid-19 May Spur Power Race

Japan defense paper: COVID-19 may spur power race

Japan's defense white paper warns that the coronavirus pandemic may expose competition among countries seeking to expand their influence.

The annual report was presented at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. It says China has been making "propaganda efforts" amid growing social uncertainty and confusion caused by the spread of infections.

Toyota 86 Paper Models Are Here To Eat Up Some Time

Toyota 86 paper models are here to eat up some time

While the coronavirus pathogen and the COVID-19 illness dominates the news, auto manufacturers are give people fun distractions (that also keep the companies in those people's minds) by offering positive car-related activities. Audi has offered Zoom video conferencing backgrounds, Porsche recently released a documentary, and Aston Martin released downloadable images for coloring. This week, Toyota contributed to quarantine play time with templates for foldable Toyota 86 coupe models with retro liveries.

In total, Toyota released templates for six different-looking 86 models, but they're technically not new. These were originally created for Toyota's 50th anniversary in the United Kingdom and dropped around the time of the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Each livery is a nod to an important vehicle from Toyota's past, and Toyota actually created real cars with the same looks using vinyl wraps. 

Okayama Paper Hands Out Special Edition On Shibuno

Okayama paper hands out special edition on Shibuno

A newspaper in Okayama came out with a special edition just hours after Hinako Shibuno, a 20-year-old golfer from the city in western Japan, captured the Women's British Open.

The special edition, which was handed out in front of JR Okayama Station on Monday morning, ran the headline "Shibuno wins major title," and carried a picture of her smiling broadly while holding up a trophy. People stopped on their way to work or school to take a copy.

Court Rules Blacking Out Of Moritomo Paper Illegal

Court rules blacking out of Moritomo paper illegal

A court in Osaka has ruled that the government's failure to fully disclose a document in connection with a controversial sale of a state-owned land plot was illegal.

The Osaka District Court on Thursday ordered the state to pay about 500 dollars in compensation to a university professor who asked for the disclosure.

2019 Chevy Blazer Vs 2019 Honda Passport, Mid-size Crossovers: How They Compare On Paper

2019 Chevy Blazer vs 2019 Honda Passport, mid-size crossovers: How they compare on paper

The two-row midsize crossover market is a sizable one that just keeps growing. The two newest additions being the 2019 Chevy Blazer and the 2019 Honda Passport, additions we just recently drove. As such, it seemed like a good time to see how their numbers compare with the veterans of the segment: Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Murano. In this comparison to see where it lands in the numbers game, we'll take a look at everything including power, torque, towing, ground clearance, passenger room, cargo space, fuel economy and pricing. Cue the chart.


The Passport only has one engine option, Honda's trusty 3.5-liter V6. You can find this engine in both the Pilot and Ridgeline, and we like it in all its applications. But if you're looking for something more affordable or more frugal, you're out of luck. The Passport is one of just two that offer just one engine option. Most of the others have two choices, and Jeep even offers three.

2019 Honda Passport Vs. The Competition: How They Compare On Paper

2019 Honda Passport vs. the competition: How they compare on paper

Honda sells a whole lot of SUVs, and its lineup hasn't even been as jam packed as many of its competitors. The 2019 Honda Passport, a mid-size two-row SUV, remedies that. Revealed at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show, the Passport is a shortened Pilot for people who want something with a little more pizazz. Italics are necessary, because while the Passport is sharper with more sporting edges than the Pilot, it still doesn't strike us as a car many will look twice at in traffic.

The Passport is also wading into a pretty large field of both veterans and newcomers. We decided to stack up a few of its competitors — the Chevy Blazer, Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Murano — in this comparison to see where it lands in the numbers game. We'll take a look at everything including power, torque, towing, ground clearance, passenger room, cargo space, fuel economy and pricing. Cue the chart.

Cats Find Their Purr-fect Home In Houses Made Of 'washi' Paper

Cats find their purr-fect home in houses made of 'washi' paper

GOTSU, Shimane Prefecture--Perfect for catnaps or just hanging out, houses and beds for felines, created by craftspersons of traditional Japanese "washi" paper here, are gaining in popularity among pet owners.

Makoto Sasaki, 60, and his wife, Satomi, 52, who operate the Sekishu Kachiji Banshi washi workshop, in the Sakuraecho district of Gotsu, Shimane Prefecture, developed the products.

Tokyo Govt. Cafeterias To Use Paper Straws

Tokyo govt. cafeterias to use paper straws

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will begin using paper straws on a trial basis from October to help reduce the amount of plastic waste.

The paper straws will be provided at 3 cafeterias at the Tokyo government building in the capital's Shinjuku district.

Sony Launches Smaller Version Of Its Digital Paper Tablet

Sony Launches Smaller Version Of Its Digital Paper Tablet

Some of you might recall that several years ago, Sony launched the Digital Paper tablet which is basically a tablet that uses an e-ink touchscreen display that can be interacted with using a stylus, essentially providing users with never-ending pieces of paper that they can write and draw to their heart's content.

Unfortunately it did not come cheap with a price tag of $1,100. The good news is that Sony is trying their hand at it again, and this time they have come up with the DPT-CP1, which is the same Digital Paper tablet except that this model is not only smaller, but it is also almost half the price of the original at $600.

2018 Nissan Kicks Vs Other Tiny Crossovers: How They Compare On Paper

2018 Nissan Kicks vs other tiny crossovers: How they compare on paper

Anyone else have "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People stuck in their heads? Well, you do now. I couldn't be the only one. Anyway, the 2018 Nissan Kicks is a thing. It replaces the Nissan Juke, which Mr. Stocksdale thought was a bad idea and Mr. Myself thought was a smart idea. Nevertheless, neither of us were especially pumped up by the Kicks.

However, the majority of car buyers are all about SUVs, and this littlest segment of them has been multiplying like Tribbles in the past few years. The Juke was one of the first of these subcompact crossovers, but it was probably too oddball for a mainstream audience (not to mention inefficient) and never really caught on. Newer competitors certainly didn't help.

2019 Toyota Avalon Vs. Full-size Sedans: How They Compare On Paper

2019 Toyota Avalon vs. full-size sedans: How they compare on paper

Full-size sedans aren't exactly in great demand at the moment, and at least one of the vehicles in this comparison has been rumored to be on the endangered species list. Yet, we've just had our first drive in the 2019 Toyota Avalon, and if anything has a chance of rejuvenating the segment a bit, it's an all-new version of what has long been the segment's benchmark.

To see how the new Avalon compares, we've put together the below spreadsheet featuring the Avalon's primary apples-to-apples rivals, the Buick LaCrosse and Chevy Impala. We also included the Nissan Maxima, which is comparable in price, sales and non-luxury badge, and which offers the sort of increased driver engagement promised by the new Avalon XSE and Touring trim levels. We also included the outgoing Avalon for reference as well as that car's luxury cousin, the Lexus ES, which can definitely be cross-shopped with the luxuriously trimmed Avalon Limited. You can use our Compare Cars tool to create your own comparison, such as one featuring the rear-wheel-drive Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger or even Kia Stinger.