Fukushima Daiichi Buildings Pose Safety Risks

Fukushima Daiichi buildings pose safety risks

Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to draw up safety measures for workers after finding that some of the buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are in bad condition due to the 2011 accident.

TEPCO on Monday reported to the Nuclear Regulation Authority the results of its survey of about 580 buildings in the compound.

2020 Toyota Highlander Gets Iihs Top Safety Pick Award

2020 Toyota Highlander gets IIHS Top Safety Pick award

Toyota's redesigned 2020 Highlander midsize SUV has earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the familiar caveat that the rating applies only to certain headlight packages available in certain trim levels.

The fourth-generation Highlander comes with three headlight options. IIHS rates the static LED reflectors, the base version that comes on the L, LE and XLE models, as poor, which is why the crossover missed out on being named a Top Safety Pick+. The static LED projector headlights on the Limited and Hybrid Limited trims rated acceptable, while the curve-adapted LED projectors on the Platinum versions earned good ratings.

2020 Mazda Cx-30 Awarded Iihs Top Safety Pick

2020 Mazda CX-30 awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 has come out of the gate swinging on the safety front, earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award in its first year on the market. 

Mazda's new baby crossover earned a "Good" rating in all six of the Institute's crashworthiness categories (driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint) and its accident avoidance system was rated "Superior."

Japan To Boost Food Safety Publicity

Japan to boost food safety publicity

Japan will boost its efforts to persuade 20 foreign governments to lift or ease food import restrictions on Japanese products. The measures were prompted by concern over radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident nine years ago.

The 20 are among the 54 governments that imposed bans or other restrictions after the disaster that followed a major earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Abe Stresses Importance Of Safety For Olympics

Abe stresses importance of safety for Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked officials to take full measures to prevent terror attacks and the spread of infectious diseases to ensure the success of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Abe told a meeting of a government task force on Friday that the host country should provide a safe environment for the Olympics.

Japan To Urge Us Forces To Ensure Aircraft Safety

Japan to urge US forces to ensure aircraft safety

Japan's Defense Ministry is set to urge the US forces in Japan to fully ensure safety in aircraft operations following revelations of pilots' misconduct during flights.

State Minister of Defense Tomohiro Yamamoto met Yamaguchi Prefecture Governor Tsugumasa Muraoka and other local officials at the ministry on Thursday.

Rail Service Down Sunday Morning For Safety Checks

Rail service down Sunday morning for safety checks

Railway operators in greater Tokyo will halt shinkansen and most local train services on Sunday morning for safety checks in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis.

East Japan Railway, or JR East, says all of its local lines will be out of operation at least until around noon.

Tepco Pledges Resolve To Beef Up Safety

TEPCO pledges resolve to beef up safety

Tokyo Electric Power Company said after the ruling on the Fukushima accident that it will work with an unwavering resolve to strengthen the safety of its nuclear plants.

The utility said in a statement on Thursday that it is aware a verdict was given in the trial concerning the criminal responsibility of its three former executives, but will refrain from commenting on the case.

2020 Toyota Prius Gets Standard Apple Carplay, More Safety Features

2020 Toyota Prius gets standard Apple CarPlay, more safety features

The Toyota Prius will enter the 2020 model year with more standard technology features, including one that owners have spent years clamoring for. The hybrid's powertrain and styling remain unchanged. Car buyers increasingly seek smartphone connectivity, and the Prius finally delivers by offering standard Apple CarPlay regardless of trim level. It's the latest Toyota model to gain the software after Toyota had long resisted it due to safety and privacy concerns. Amazon Alexa compatibility is also part of the package, but motorists waiting for Android Auto will need to show a little bit more patience. The hybrid segment's poster child also gains standard Toyota Safety Connect. Previously available only on the top-spec Limited trim, Safety Connect bundles emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance, and automatic collision notification. There's no stolen battery locator yet. Toyota noted it's giving buyers a free three-year subscription to the Safety Connect service, but they'll need to pay for it after their Prius turns four. Safety Connect normally costs $80 a year or $8 a month. Toyota hasn't made any mechanical modifications to the Prius. The standard model carries on with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and two electric motors that draw power from a lithium-ion battery pack. All-wheel drive models gain an additional motor mounted over the rear axle, and a nickel-metal hybride battery that's better suited to extremely cold temperatures than the lithium-ion unit. The 2020 Toyota Prius will join the plug-in Prius Prime in showrooms nationwide in the coming weeks. Pricing information hasn't been revealed yet, but expect a small dollar increase to offset the additional equipment.