Public Transport System Still Disrupted

Public transport system still disrupted

Some train and airplane passengers were forced to adjust their plans on Sunday because of Typhoon Hagibis.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen has resumed service between Tokyo and Nagano, but with fewer trains for the time being.

Ministry To Merge, Reorganize Public Hospitals

Ministry to merge, reorganize public hospitals

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.

Japan Comes Last In Public Education Spending

Japan comes last in public education spending

A survey shows that Japan's public spending on education as a percentage of GDP was the lowest among OECD countries.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released a report based on its survey conducted in 2016.

2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Spied Out Testing In Public

2021 Toyota Tundra hybrid spied out testing in public

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.

Shibuya To Ban Public Drinking At Halloween

Shibuya to ban public drinking at Halloween

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.

New Emperor And Empress To Greet Public

New Emperor and Empress to greet public

The new Emperor and Empress will greet the general public at the Imperial Palace on Saturday.

The Imperial Household Agency says they will make a total of six appearances on the palace verandah, every hour from around 10 am Japan time.

Emperor Naruhito Addresses Public

Emperor Naruhito addresses public

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.

Emperor Naruhito Addresses Public For First Time

Emperor Naruhito addresses public for first time

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.

Ghosn's Video To Be Made Public On Tuesday

Ghosn's video to be made public on Tuesday

Lawyers representing Carlos Ghosn are to make public a video of the former Nissan chairman defending himself against allegations of financial misconduct.

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo says the 9-minute video will be shown at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Public Views Imperial Palace Cherry Blossoms

Public views Imperial Palace Cherry blossoms

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.

Importance Of Public Pay Phones After Disasters

Importance of public pay phones after disasters

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.

New Emperor To Meet Public On May 4

New Emperor to meet public on May 4

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.