Nintendo Denies They Are Running A Switch Exchange Program

Nintendo Denies They Are Running A Switch Exchange Program

However, it seems that those reports might not be 100% correct. In a statement released to The Verge, a Nintendo spokesperson was quoted as saying, “We do not have a Nintendo Switch exchange program. We always want players to enjoy their Nintendo Switch systems, and if anything ever gets in the way of that, we encourage them to visit http://support.nintendo.com for support, or to contact our consumer support team.”

For those who are unfamiliar, the reports of the exchange program suggested that gamers who purchased a new Nintendo Switch before a certain date were eligible to get an exchange for the newer model if they were willing to foot the bill and send their consoles back to the company. It sounded like a good idea, but unfortunately, it seems that it might not have been true.

Retailers Asked To Sign Up For Rebate Program

Retailers asked to sign up for rebate program

Cashless payment service operators in Japan are urging small and medium-sized retailers to register for a government-subsidized rebate program that will launch in October along with a planned consumption tax hike.

Flea market app Mercari's mobile phone payment service, Merpay, carried out a campaign earlier this month in a shopping district in Tokyo to encourage retailers to sign up.

Marrow Donor Program Flooded With Inquiries

Marrow Donor Program flooded with inquiries

The Japan Marrow Donor Program has been flooded with inquiries since swimming superstar Rikako Ikee revealed she has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The program's office in Tokyo has been receiving calls from people eager to do something to help Ikee. Some people are expressing hope she will be able to compete again.

Little Glee Monster To Sing Theme Song For Soccer Exchange Program

Little Glee Monster to sing theme song for soccer exchange program

Little Glee Monster's new song "I BELIEVE" has been picked up as the theme song for 'ASIAN ELEVEN.'

'ASIAN ELEVEN' is a soccer exchange program supported by the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Football Association of Japan, and Japan Professional Football League. "I BELIEVE" is included in Little Glee Monster's fourth album "FLAVA," which was released on January 16, and was written to give 'ASIAN ELEVEN' activities a boost.

Program To Bring In More Foreign Workers Drafted

Program to bring in more foreign workers drafted

The Japanese government is drawing up a draft of policies for a new system that will enable more foreign nationals to find employment in Japan.

The revised immigration law which takes effect in April of next year will permit more foreign workers to enter the country. The government plans to provide a full picture of how the new program works before the end of this year.

Hokkaido Tourism Discount Program Underway

Hokkaido tourism discount program underway

The Japanese government has started offering discounts to people visiting the northern island of Hokkaido in the aim of recovering tourism numbers following a major earthquake early last month.

The program, called the "Hokkaido recovery discount," is for both Japanese and overseas visitors.

Hanyu Reveals New Free Skate Program

Hanyu reveals new free skate program

Two-time Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu has given a preview of his free program for the new season.

The Japanese skater invited the media to a practice on Thursday at a rink in Toronto, Canada, where he is based.

Honda's Smartcharge Program Will Pay You To Charge Your Car

Honda's SmartCharge Program Will Pay You To Charge Your Car

Electric cars are meant to be a greener alternative to fuel-powered cars. However given that electric cars still require electricity to charge, it can mean drawing from the power grid which in some cases aren't necessarily green sources themselves. This is a balance that needs to be struck and one that Honda thinks they might have the answer to.

The company has recently announced a new beta program called SmartCharge. With this program, Honda will actually pay drivers to charge their electric cars during low usage periods of time and when renewable energy sources are available. This will require drivers to download the HondaLink EV app and create a profile to take part in the beta.

Uber Launches Taxi-hailing Pilot Program In Japan

Uber Launches Taxi-Hailing Pilot Program In Japan

Due to Japan's laws against ride-sharing services and also due to the ease and fairness of Japan's taxi system, it's not surprising that Uber has had a hard time trying to crack the Japanese market. However it seems that Uber might have finally caught a break and has launched a new program in the country, although not necessarily in the capacity you might think.

Uber has recently been approved by the Japanese government to launch a taxi-hailing pilot program. As the name suggests, this isn't the traditional Uber setup which involves regular people picking passengers up. Instead it will see Uber team up with 20 local taxi companies to provide rides to customers who request them.

Utada Hikaru's Radio Program To Make A Comeback

Utada Hikaru's radio program to make a comeback

To commemorate her 20th anniversary, Utada Hikaru's radio program 'Utada Hikaru no TRES BIEN! BOHEMIAN!' will be making a special comeback. It will air on five JFL radio stations FM802, FM NORTH WAVE, J-WAVE, ZIP-FM, and CROSS FM.

'Utada Hikaru no TRES BIEN! BOHEMIAN!' is a program that aired for one year from October of 1999 to September of 2000. For the 20th anniversary special program, titled 'Utada Hikaru no TRES BIEN! BOHEMIAN! SPECIAL,' they are collecting messages from their fans via its special website.