Abe Plans To Declare Hagibis A 'severe Disaster'

Abe plans to declare Hagibis a 'severe disaster'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government is planning to designate Typhoon Hagibis a "severe natural disaster," in order to increase state subsidies for reconstruction work in affected regions.

Abe spoke at a session of the Upper House Budget Committee on Tuesday morning. Lawmakers observed a moment of silence for the victims of the typhoon that ravaged the country over the weekend.

Japan Plans Test Tour To Russian-held Isles

Japan plans test tour to Russian-held isles

The Japanese government has drawn up the itinerary for a trial sightseeing tour to Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

The tour will form part of the countries' joint economic activities on the islands.

Nintendo Will Soon Let Players Convert Their Switch Online Memberships To Family Plans

Nintendo Will Soon Let Players Convert Their Switch Online Memberships To Family Plans

Like a lot of online subscriptions these days, family plans are now becoming more popular. This is because it allows more users to use a service in a more affordable manner without having to buy individual subscriptions. If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner, you might be interested in a change the company is making.

In a tweet by Nintendo of Europe, the company has revealed that they will soon be allowing Nintendo Switch Online subscribers to convert their existing memberships into a Family Membership. This means that if you had a solo membership with some time left on it, you won’t have to wait for it to expire before switching to a Family Membership.

Tokaido Shinkansen Plans To Resume Services

Tokaido Shinkansen plans to resume services

Central Japan Railway plans to resume its Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train services between Tokyo and Osaka from the first morning train run on Monday.

But the carrier says Typhoon Faxai can still affect services depending on its direction.

Eaton Plans To Power European Soccer Stadiums With Old Nissan Leaf Batteries

Eaton plans to power European soccer stadiums with old Nissan Leaf batteries

OSLO, Norway — U.S. industrial conglomerate Eaton, which uses second-hand Nissan electric vehicle batteries to power buildings, is in talks with up to six European football stadiums to help power their facilities, according to a senior executive. Eaton, a New York-listed firm that makes hydraulics, truck transmissions and other industrial products, says the market is niche but expects it to grow up to 20 times between now and 2022. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, Eaton estimates the potential market value to be $2.3 billion by 2025. What to do with the used batteries of electric vehicles is becoming a growing concern as their use expands with that of electric cars, which accounted for 1.5% of the 86 million cars sold globally last year, according to researchers JATO Dynamics. Eaton takes the cells from the batteries of Japanese carmaker Nissan's returned Leaf electric vehicles and repackages them into new units, a product it calls xStorage, to store power in buildings, both industrial and residential. It has already equipped the Netherlands' Johan Cruyff Arena, the legendary home of the Ajax football team, among other buildings, with what it calls "second-life batteries." Its latest project was in Oslo's Bislett athletics stadium in Norway, which is partly powered by solar panels. "The football stadium community is interested. From significant ones, (we are talking) with 5-6 stadiums in Europe." Eaton's senior vice president Craig McDonnell said in an interview on the sidelines of a presentation at Bislett stadium. With the exception of Tesla, which it sees as a competitor in the storage business, the firm is also talking with other automakers to expand its offering. McDonnell declined to give names. Eaton says its xStorage solution is 20% cheaper than a new battery, and every Nissan Leaf car can produce four such units. It is among the large-scale commercial ones in the developing market, with other projects run by German automaker BMW which supplies second-hand batteries from its i3 electric vehicles to store wind-farm produced electricity.

Mazda Plans To Launch An Ev In 2020, Plug-in Hybrid By 2022

Mazda plans to launch an EV in 2020, plug-in hybrid by 2022

Thanks to an interview Automotive News Europe conducted with Mazda president and CEO Akira Marumoto, we have more insight on Mazda's plans to lower its vehicle emissions in Europe. This will undoubtedly bring changes to the U.S. lineup, too, but The Continent sees the first fruits in part because Mazda is well over the European Union's fleet CO2 emissions target for 2021 of 95 g/km. In response to how Mazda plans to achieve the necessary reduction, Marumoto said the carmaker will launch its first EV in 2020 and have a plug-in hybrid on the road in 2021 or 2022.

First, some clarification on the emissions numbers and timeline. The 95g/km figure is based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) emissions schedule being phased out next year; the AN piece cites JATO Dynamics findings that Mazda Europe's fleet CO2 average is 135.2 g/km.

Iwaya Plans To Deploy Us Osprey Aircraft In Chiba

Iwaya plans to deploy US Osprey aircraft in Chiba

Japan's defense minister says he wants to deploy on a temporary basis the US military's Osprey transport aircraft to a Self-Defense Force base in Kisarazu City, near Tokyo, in March of next year at the earliest.

The Defense Ministry plans to deploy a total of 17 Ospreys for use by the Ground Self-Defense Force by 2021.

Suga: Govt. Plans To Assist Man Sentenced In China

Suga: Govt. plans to assist man sentenced in China

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government plans to offer assistance to a Japanese man who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in China for spying.

Suga addressed the issue at a news conference on Tuesday. The man in his 50s was detained in China after conducting surveys for hot spring development.

Utility Plans Anti-terror Facility Within Deadline

Utility plans anti-terror facility within deadline

The operator of Genkai nuclear power plant in western Japan says it plans to complete a required anti-terror facility within the deadline set by the country's nuclear regulator.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority has been pushing nuclear plant operators to meet each specific deadline for equipping anti-terror facilities, otherwise their reactors will face suspension.

Japan Plans First Targets For Dementia

Japan plans first targets for dementia

Japan's government plans to set its first-ever targets for reducing the number of people in their 70s with dementia.

The government says it aims to delay the onset of dementia in patients by one year over the next 10 years.

Jaxa's Plans For Asteroid Crater

JAXA's plans for asteroid crater

Japan's space agency JAXA plans to bring its Hayabusa2 probe closer to the asteroid Ryugu to get a closer look at a crater it made, to decide how to study the asteroid's interior.

JAXA scientists plan to determine the exact shape and depth of the crater and the size of nearby rocks to create a detailed topographical map.