Japan's health ministry says the country has too many public hospitals and mergers or reorganizations are needed. The ministry has identified more than 400 such hospitals across the country and says it will work with regional authorities to reduce the number.
Japan has about 1,500 publicly run hospitals and the ministry says many of them have few patients and provide overlapping services.
A new Toyota Tundra is around the corner, and our spy shooters think they caught a hybrid model out testing. We previously wrote about a rumor that the truck would get a hybrid powertrain, but there was no evidence of it at that point. Now, we feel a bit more confident that Toyota is at least testing the Tundra with a hybrid powertrain.
The photographers say they heard the hum of the electrics, followed by the noise of an engine kicking on around 25-30 mph on multiple occasions while tailing the truck seen here. Our previous story speculated that Toyota could use a hybridized version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 we saw make its debut in the Lexus LS500. Another possible powertrain option could also be borrowed from the LS500h. That one uses a naturally aspirated V6 and an electric motor for a total system output of 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. If it's the former, we'll expect significantly more power, with the powertrain likely being considered for a flagship version of the truck. Our guess would put a hybridized version of the twin-turbo V6 at about 450-500 horsepower.
Tokyo's Shibuya Ward plans to introduce a ban on drinking alcohol outdoors at certain times of the year such as Halloween and New Year's Eve.
A panel was set up after a series of incidents in the shopping and entertainment district near Shibuya Station.
In its interim report, the panel asked the ward to enact an ordinance to stipulate rules and regulations for people who visit Shibuya.
Japanese Emperor Naruhito has addressed the public at the Imperial Palace for the first time since ascending the throne on Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate the Imperial succession. Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, and other adult members of the Imperial family greeted the public.
Japanese Emperor Naruhito has addressed the public for the first time since ascending the throne on Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate the Imperial succession. Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, and other adult members of the Imperial family appeared together on the balcony of the Imperial Palace.
An avenue inside the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo has been opened to the public for cherry blossom viewing. The Imperial Household Agency says more than 40,000 people visited the street on Saturday.
About 700 people were waiting outside a palace gate on Saturday morning for a chance to walk along Inui Street before Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30.
Public pay phones turned out to be a vital lifeline during the major earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan eight years ago, as they tended to work even when cell phone networks went down. Most children these days are unfamiliar with them, which is something a telecom firm is working to change.
NTT East surveyed parents with children in elementary school. Nearly 80 percent said their sons or daughters do not know about pay phones or have never used them.
Japan's Imperial Household Agency has decided to allow members of the public into the Imperial Palace grounds on May 4 to celebrate the enthronement of the new Emperor.
The Agency says the event will be held three days after Crown Prince Naruhito ascends to the throne on May 1. Emperor Akihito is due to abdicate on April 30.