Hayabusa2 Now On Return Journey To Earth

Hayabusa2 now on return journey to Earth

Japan's space agency says its asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 is on its way back to Earth after confirming its main engines are working properly.

The probe reached the asteroid Ryugu last June and spent about one and a half years exploring its surface before leaving on November 13.

Former Residents Rally For Return Of Islands

Former residents rally for return of islands

Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have held a rally in Tokyo and pledged to continue calling for the return of the islands.

About 500 former residents gathered in Hibiya Park on Sunday. December 1 is the day a Hokkaido city mayor submitted a petition for returning the four islands to Japan in 1945, shortly after the end of World War Two.

Japan's Transport Systems Return To Normal

Japan's transport systems return to normal

Transport systems in Japan are returning to normal after Typhoon Hagibis caused widespread cancellations and disruptions over the weekend.

Most bullet trains have resumed. The Yamagata line is expected to be back to its regular timetable from around noon on Monday. The Hokuriku line is operating on a restricted schedule between Tokyo and Nagano.

5 Years After Eruption, Climbers Return To Ontake

5 years after eruption, climbers return to Ontake

Friday marks five years since Japan's deadliest postwar volcanic disaster occurred. Mount Ontake in central Japan erupted on September 27, 2014, leaving 58 people dead and five others unaccounted for.

Officials in the village of Otaki in Nagano Prefecture are holding a memorial service to mark the occasion. The village sits at the foot of the mountain.

Japan Rhythmic Gymnasts Return With 3 Medals

Japan rhythmic gymnasts return with 3 medals

Japan's rhythmic gymnasts have returned to Japan after taking one gold and two silver medals at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The women earned a silver in the group all-around competition on Saturday, their first such achievement in 44 years in the category, which is also an Olympic event.

Suga Hopes Hong Kong Will Return To Normal Soon

Suga hopes Hong Kong will return to normal soon

Japan's top government spokesperson has expressed hope that the situation in Hong Kong will be resolved quickly.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Thursday that he has been closely watching the developments in Hong Kong in light of various issues, including the protection of Japanese nationals in the territory.

Hayabusa2 Capsule To Return To Australia In 2020

Hayabusa2 capsule to return to Australia in 2020

Japan's space agency says it is planning for the return and recovery of the re-entry capsule of its asteroid probe Hayabusa2 in the Australian desert at the end of next year.

The space agency JAXA announced the plan, expected to be carried out in November or December, at a news conference on Thursday.

Ex-residents Return From Russian-held Islands

Ex-residents return from Russian-held islands

Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have returned to Hokkaido after visiting their ancestors' graves on the islands.

The flights are part of an agreement reached at a Japan-Russia summit in April 2017 to help ease the travel burden for the elderly visitors.

Most Transport Services Return To Normal Operation

Most transport services return to normal operation

Public transportation services are mostly back to normal following Tuesday's quake, but services are suspended on some local railway lines.

East Japan Railway Company says the Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train lines are operating normally on Wednesday.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Could Return As A Mazda2 Clone

2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback could return as a Mazda2 clone

Less than a week ago we got the news that Toyota killed the 2019 Yaris Liftback in the U.S., instead choosing to sell the remaining inventory from 2018. There should be plenty of stock left, too: Car and Driver reports that Toyota sold 1,940 of the tiny hatches last year. The automaker said it would have an announcement about the Yaris at this year's New York Auto Show in April, telling Automobile, "We're working on something new for MY2020." C/D thinks it already knows what's coming, writing, "We assume ... that the new Yaris hatchback ... will be a rebadged Mazda2, like the current Yaris sedan that Mazda builds for Toyota in Mexico."

Toyota and Mazda formed a development- and technology-sharing partnership in 2015. As part of the collaboration, we got the Scion iA in 2016, based on the Mazda2 sedan. That four-door became the Toyota Yaris iA when the Scion brand got put in the ground, and then became just the Yaris for 2019. In spite of Americans' well-publicized aversion to sedans, the trunked Yaris sold 25,269 units last year. Meanwhile, the Yaris hatch, built at a Toyota factory in France, has carried on basically untouched since 2013 — with a four-speed automatic, even — helping to explain its slow take-rate.

'ossan's Love' To Return With A Second Season This Year

'Ossan's Love' to return with a second season this year

TV Asahi has revealed that they have officially started working on a second season for popular drama 'Ossan's Love' to air this year. 

'Ossan's Love' aired in spring of last year as TV Asahi's Saturday night drama. It topped Twitter's trending words ranking worldwide and was nominated for the '2018 U-Can Shingo Ryukogo Taisho.' 

Former Residents Express Hope For Islands' Return

Former residents express hope for islands' return

Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have expressed their hope for the return of the islands.

They spoke to NHK ahead of the summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday evening.