Govt. To Reduce In-house Plastic Usage

Govt. to reduce in-house plastic usage

The Japanese government has decided to cut down on the use of plastic products in cafeterias and shops at about 200 government agencies and affiliated institutions, such as national universities, beginning in fiscal 2019.

The decision is aimed at reducing the amount of plastic waste in the oceans. It was made when the guidelines for signing contracts between the government and the operators of in-house cafeterias and shops were being revised.

Heaps Of Plastic Items Discarded After Fireworks

Heaps of plastic items discarded after fireworks

Heaps of plastic items were discarded on beaches in Fujisawa city, near Tokyo, after an annual fireworks event.

More than 80,000 spectators gathered at the beaches on Saturday to enjoy the display of about 3,000 fireworks.

Skylark Group: No More Plastic Straws

Skylark group: no more plastic straws

Skylark Holdings, a major Japanese restaurant chain operator, has announced it will stop providing plastic straws in all of its restaurants by 2020.

The move will make the company the first major Japanese chain restaurant to stop using straws.

Skylark Restaurant Chain To Ban Plastic Straws

Skylark restaurant chain to ban plastic straws

Skylark Holdings, a major Japanese restaurant chain operator, has announced it will ban plastic straws in all of its restaurants by 2020.

The move will make the company the first major Japanese chain restaurant to ban straws.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Plastic Hatch And Other Fun Facts

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Plastic hatch and other fun facts

Historically, the Toyota Corolla hasn't been associated with words like "interesting," "exciting" or anything resembling enthusiasm, with the obvious exception of the earlier rear-drive models. But the 2019 Corolla Hatchback seems different. It looks aggressive. It's going to be available with a manual. And since Toyota says that being fun-to-drive is the top reason for buying a small hatchback, here's hoping it will indeed be fun. But besides these tidbits, there are other interesting facets to the Corolla Hatchback that we learned while in New York.

It's way stiffer and has a lower center of gravity

The new Corolla hatchback is built off of the TNGA modular platform that underpins the Prius, C-HR, Camry and now the RAV4. And one of the big benefits of this chassis is that it's pretty rigid. Toyota says that the new hatch is a full 60 percent more rigid than the current Corolla iM hatchback. The center of gravity has also been lowered by 2 cm. Both of these should help make it a more enjoyable car to drive.

New Gundam Plastic Model Shop Opens In Tokyo

New Gundam plastic model shop opens in Tokyo

Toy maker Bandai Co. opened a new flagship store Saturday in Tokyo specializing in plastic model kits based on the popular sci-fi television animation series "Mobile Suit Gundam."

The Gundam Base Tokyo, located at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza complex in the Odaiba commercial district, is the first official plastic model outlet in Japan for the series, featuring giant combat robots wearing mobile suits, and 13th overall, joining the list of shops operating in South Korea and Taiwan.

Anti-reflection Plastic Developed Based On Moth Eyes

Anti-reflection Plastic Developed Based on Moth Eyes

Imuzak, a Japan-based firm that deals with optical designs, developed a plastic that reduces light reflection.

When the plastic is applied to the cover of a center meter, the screen cover of a car navigation system, etc, it reduces light reflection and glare and makes displayed information more viewable. Imuzak is advancing the development in collaboration with an automaker based in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, aiming to commercialize it by 2020.

Japan Display Announces Full Active Flex Bendable Plastic Full-hd Lcd Display For Smartphones

Japan Display announces FULL ACTIVE FLEX bendable plastic Full-HD LCD display for smartphonesJapan Display (JDI) today announced the development of FULL ACTIVE FLEX, which uses a plastic substrate for both sides of the liquid crystal layer, and its introduction into a 5.5-inch Full-HD LCD display for smartphone devices. With FULL ACTIVE FLEX it is easily possible to form curved shapes by utilizing its flexibility, and thus it will greatly help to expand the degrees of freedom in smartphone design. By using plastic substrates instead of glass, it is possible to prevent cracking from occurring when the display is dropped.

Artificial Limbs Made Of Plastic Offer Numerous Benefits To Users

Artificial limbs made of plastic offer numerous benefits to usersThe nation's biggest airline has helped develop prosthetic limbs made entirely of plastic parts so that users will not set off metal detectors at airports.
The lightweight devices are expected to provide welcome relief from conventional cumbersome prosthetics made with metal parts that are prone to rust when exposed to the outdoors.

Video : Plastic Tires Is All It Takes To Drift The Nissan Leaf

Video : Plastic Tires Is All It Takes To Drift The Nissan LeafWe are pretty sure that no one on this planet ever asked if a Leaf can drift - but that’s where the entertaining value kicks in.
Strapping a pair of plastic tires is the solution for some silent oversteer action, thought Autocar, who visited the Anglesey circuit during a professional drifting race to play with the balance of the all-electric hatch.

Plastic That Turns To Clay When Heated

Plastic that turns to clay when heatedPolysis, a specialist developer of polyurethane resins and resin products, markets haplafreely, a plastic that turns to clay when heated to temperatures above 60°C. When immersed in hot water or heated with a heat gun, the plastic becomes easy to shape, and hardens again as it cools, starting from around 40°C and returning to its original hardness by the time it reaches room temperature.

Sony Commences External Sales Of Sorplas™ Flame-retardant Recycled Plastic Material

Sony commences external sales of SORPLAS™ flame-retardant recycled plastic material Sony Corporation ("Sony") today announced that from the beginning of October 2014, it will commence selling its flame-retardant recycled plastic, SORPLAS™ (Sustainable Oriented Recycled Plastic) outside the Sony Group, and will offer this product to a wide variety of manufacturing business operators such as consumer electronics retailers, both within Japan and abroad.