Large Lantern In Asakusa Removed For Repair

Large lantern in Asakusa removed for repair

An iconic large lantern in Tokyo's Asakusa area has been removed from a temple's main gate for the first time in seven years for repair work.

Many visitors in the area take photos in front of the lantern at the Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate, of Sensoji Temple.

Altar For Kyoto Arson Victims To Be Removed

Altar for Kyoto arson victims to be removed

Many people are visiting the site of last month's arson attack on a Kyoto Animation studio on Sunday, ahead of the removal of an altar.

Mourners are visiting the altar to pray for the dead and injured, as well as leave flowers and other offerings.

Exhibits To Be Removed From Aichi Art Festival

Exhibits to be removed from Aichi art festival

The organizing committee of an ongoing international art festival in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, says exhibits in a section themed "Deprivation of Freedom of Expression" will be removed because of threats.

The prefectural office, which is acting as a secretariat for the Aichi Triennale Arts Festival, has received critical opinions about the section, in which a statue of a girl symbolizing those referred to as wartime comfort women, was being displayed.

Pixel 3a And 3a Xl Support For Android Q Beta Removed

Pixel 3a And 3a XL Support For Android Q Beta Removed

Google announced the Android Q beta 3 at its I/O 2019 developers’ conference and confirmed that a total of 21 devices will be eligible for the beta. The list didn’t include the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the new smartphones that Google unveiled at I/O, but it later confirmed that they would get the beta. The list has now been updated and the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been removed.

The official page for enrolling in the Android Q beta 3 only mentions that six previous Pixel smartphones are supported. They don’t include the new handsets but the website mentions that the “Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be eligible in June.”

Nissan's Ghosn Removed From Board

Nissan's Ghosn removed from board

Nissan shareholders have removed former Chairman Carlos Ghosn from the company's board.

Ghosn no longer holds any post at the company, ending a nearly two-decade relationship.

Israeli Memorial To Japanese Diplomat Removed

Israeli memorial to Japanese diplomat removed

An Israeli semi-governmental organization says it will apologize for the removal of a memorial to a Japanese diplomat who helped save Jews during World War Two.

While working at the Japanese consulate in Lithuania during the war, Chiune Sugihara issued transit visas against orders. His humanitarian deed enabled Jews to flee from Nazi German persecution, saving as many as 6,000 lives.

Kanjani8's Yasuda Shota Reveals He Had A Tumor Removed From His Brain Last February

Kanjani8's Yasuda Shota reveals he had a tumor removed from his brain last February

On July 2, Johnny's & Associates revealed via their official website that Kanjani8 member Yasuda Shota had a tumor removed from his brain back in February of last year.

They stated, "In February of 2017, Yasuda received surgery to remove benign tumors from his brain called meningioma. The surgery was a success, and he continues to do well today.  While he was steadily recovering, he fell down on April 9, 2018 due to dizziness and fractured his back and hip, which required 3 months to recover. This is the reason why he was unable to participate in Shibutani Subaru's press conference."

'tablets' Section Removed From Android Website

'Tablets' Section Removed From Android Website

The last time we saw an Android tablet from Google was back in 2015 where they launched the Pixel C Tablet. The company did not launch anymore tablets after that and in 2017, it was reported that they had stopped selling it. This is why it doesn't really come as a shock to learn that Google has since removed the "tablet" section from the Android website.

Like we said given that Google hasn't really bothered updating the Pixel C Tablet since it was first launched 2 years ago and with Google keeping mum on Android on tablets, it almost feels like they've given up. To be fair Google isn't alone in this. Companies such as Samsung and Motorola have in the past put out a fair number of Android tablets, but this has waned in recent years.

Sony Explains Why They Removed The Xperia Xz2's Headphone Jack

Sony Explains Why They Removed The Xperia XZ2's Headphone Jack

These days ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack on smartphones is becoming increasingly common. This is exactly what Sony did with the Xperia XZ2 that was launched at MWC 2018, and it looks like Sony has recently come forward with an explanation as to why they have decided to remove the port.

According to Sony who posted an FAQ on its website, "This is part of the shift to our new Ambient Flow design language. In order to create the beautiful seamless design, our designers needed to remove the headphone jack. Plus, we're aware of the major market trend toward wireless headphones over wired headphones."

Tekken 7's Roger The Kangaroo Removed Over Animal Activists Concerns

Tekken 7's Roger The Kangaroo Removed Over Animal Activists Concerns

Bandai Namco's Tekken franchise is an interesting one. While other arcade games might have more traditional characters, Tekken actually introduced some interesting and quirky characters such as bears, pandas, a man made from wood, and so on. They also introduced a character named Roger Jr., which is a kangaroo that boxes.

Unfortunately it seems that the character will no longer make the final game in Tekken 7. In an interview with VG247, the game's producer Katsuhiro Harada, it seems that there are concerns that animal activists would complain about the character, which is why they made the decision to take it out of the game.

Which Removed Xperia Feature Do You Miss The Most?

Which removed Xperia feature do you miss the most?

Over time, Sony Mobile has removed a number of features (or software) from its Xperia smartphones that its users found useful. For example, in recent years, Sony Mobile has moved away from its ‘two-day battery life’ smartphones that defined its portfolio a few years ago, including the very popular Xperia Z2 and Z3. Nowadays, Sony promotes the quick charging ability of its phones, but in our view there still remain very few flagship phones that make battery life a priority, which Sony could have exploited.