Russia Planning To Fine Japanese Fishing Boats

Russia planning to fine Japanese fishing boats

Russian officials say they are set to impose fines on the crews of Japanese fishing boats seized on Tuesday. They were taken to one of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan and inspected on suspicion of illegal fishing.

The five boats, based in Nemuro City, were taken to a port on Kunashiri Island. Twenty-four fishermen were on board.

Toshiba, Tokyo Univ. Planning Ai Training

Toshiba, Tokyo univ. planning AI training

One of Japan's biggest electronics manufacturers and the country's most prestigious university are joining hands in the field of artificial intelligence. Toshiba and the University of Tokyo will be establishing a program aimed at producing more AI experts.

Sources say researchers from the university will teach "deep learning" and other aspects of AI to Toshiba employees using big data from the company's factories.

China's Vice President Planning Japan Visit

China's vice president planning Japan visit

Officials from Japan and China are arranging for Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan to visit Japan in October to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito.

Diplomatic sources say the officials are preparing for Wang to attend the October 22 event.

Are Toyota And Lexus Planning To Use Mazda's Straight-six And New Platform?

Are Toyota and Lexus planning to use Mazda's straight-six and new platform?

Japan's Best Car magazine has what appears to be a whopper of a rumor. The mag said it scooped Mazda's development of a straight-six engine that Mazda only revealed in March, the carmaker having buried the information in a financial statement. By way of Lexus Enthusiast and according to Google translate, Best Car writes that as it was speaking to a Toyota source on an unrelated matter, the magazine found out that Mazda's work on the straight-six was predicated on the engine's use in Toyota Group vehicles, which includes Lexus.

Here's the account of how the engine and Mazda's coming front-engined rear-drive platform, dubbed "Large Architecture," will make their way to Toyota City:

Walmart Reportedly Planning To Launch Its Own Budget Android Tablet

Walmart Reportedly Planning To Launch Its Own Budget Android Tablet


Amazon has seen considerable success with its low-cost Fire tablets and it appears that Walmart wants in on the action as well. A new report claims that the retailer is planning to launch a cheap Android tablet under its in-house ONN brand. The device will be made by a Chinese supplier and is going to be powered by Android.

A spokesperson for Walmart confirmed to Bloomberg that this tablet will be launched under the in-house ONN brand. It’s expected to have functionality which would make the cheap Android tablet a good fit for kids.

Lawyers Planning Ghosn News Conference

Lawyers planning Ghosn news conference

The defense team of former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn is preparing to hold his first news conference since leaving detention.

Ghosn was released on nine-million-dollar bail on Wednesday after being detained for 108 days. He has been arrested and indicted for aggravated breach of trust and underreporting his compensation. He denies the charges.

Nintendo Could Be Planning To Make A Vr-related Switch Announcement Soon

Nintendo Could Be Planning To Make A VR-Related Switch Announcement Soon

Is Nintendo interested in virtual reality? The company has in the past confirmed that they are exploring it, and there have even been patents that suggests that the company is looking into it. In fact, there have been rumors in the past that one of the reasons why the Nintendo Switch was delayed was because Nintendo was trying to integrate VR into it.

Now according to Nintendo World Report, it seems that the company could finally be looking to integrate VR into the Switch. The report claims that Nintendo could have plans to make some kind of VR-related announcement planned for this year, where there might be a small number of first-party titles updated with support for VR.

Mazda Planning Not One But Two New Crossovers For U.s.

Mazda planning not one but two new crossovers for U.S.

Mazda has already announced plans to unveil a brand new crossover at the Geneva Motor Show, but it turns out there's another one in the pipeline set to satiate the appetites of a crossover-mad U.S. market. Speaking at the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda North America CEO Masahiro Moro told reporters the brand has another model planned for production at the $1.6 billion plant under construction with joint-venture partner Toyota in Huntsville, Ala.

It'll be "a new crossover SUV which is exclusively designed for the North American market," Automotive News quoted Moro as saying. While it'll be a different product from the one debuting next month in Geneva, the two vehicles will share some architecture. The company is reportedly still finalizing the concept for it.

Okinawa Governor Planning Referendum In Early 2019

Okinawa governor planning referendum in early 2019

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki is planning to hold a referendum early next year on a plan to relocate a US air base within the prefecture.

The prefecture announced an ordinance on October 31st calling for a referendum on reclaiming the coastal area of Henoko in Nago city to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. It said the vote will be held within 6 months, or by the end of April.

Mitsubishi Planning To Bring Back Lancer As A Crossover

Mitsubishi planning to bring back Lancer as a crossover

It looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer is about to undertake a daring transformation from a ten-year-old sedan to a crossover. The Eclipse has already shed its coupe roots and become the Eclipse Cross, and now it's the Lancer's turn to become a high-rider.

The carmaker already teased its future plans with the e-Evolution concept last year (pictured above), again combining a previously successful Mitsubishi nameplate with new crossover intentions. Now, talking to AutoExpress, Mitsubishi's chief operating officer and chief designer both hint of the Lancer taking the shape of the e-Evolution.

Mitsubishi Is Planning To Add Another Suv To Its Lineup

Mitsubishi Is Planning To Add Another SUV To Its LineupMitsubishi used to be a company that, apart from the mainstream models, also made sports coupes and hardcore sedans. Nowadays, though, the Japanese company is focusing on the SUVs and crossovers, which might not satisfy petrolheads but is good for sales. And while it already has quite a few SUVs, the brand is reportedly looking into adding another one to its lineup.