Memorial Service To Be Held For Kyoani Victims

Memorial service to be held for KyoAni victims

A memorial service is planned for the victims of the deadly arson attack at a studio of Kyoto Animation on Saturday, the first anniversary of the fire.

The studio, in the city of Kyoto, was set ablaze on July 18 last year. Of the 70 employees who were inside, 36 died and 33 were injured.

Japan's Contact-tracing App Resumes Service

Japan's contact-tracing app resumes service

Japan's health ministry resumed its coronavirus contact-tracing app service on Friday.

The ministry said on Thursday that it fixed a glitch which was found just days after the smartphone application was rolled out on June 19.

4,000 To Receive Japanese Honors For Service

4,000 to receive Japanese honors for service

The Japanese government has announced a list of 4,181 people to be awarded honors this spring for their services to the nation or public.

They include former justices of the Supreme Court, a former head of Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, as well as people who led major businesses.

900 Welfare Service Providers Close Amid Outbreak

900 welfare service providers close amid outbreak

In the period from April 13 to 19 in Japan, hundreds of welfare service providers for people with disabilities shuttered their operations due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

The health ministry says a total of 891 facilities in 35 of the country's 47 prefectures shut down during that span, including daycare and short-stay service providers.

Suga Denies Plan For Reduced Train Service

Suga denies plan for reduced train service

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide says the government is not thinking about asking train operators to reduce services under the current state of emergency due to the spread of coronavirus infections.

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures on Tuesday over the virus outbreak.

Disaster-hit Joban Line Resumes Full Service

Disaster-hit Joban Line resumes full service

A railway line along the Pacific coast of Fukushima Prefecture has resumed full service nine years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident halted operations.

The 2011 northeastern Japan disaster forced the suspension of the entire Japan Rail Joban Line, which runs between Ueno Station in Tokyo and Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture. Operations resumed gradually as decontamination work progressed.

Nissan Launches Subscription Service, But It's Only For Houston

Nissan launches subscription service, but it's only for Houston

Nissan is going to try its hand in the car subscription game. Similar to other manufacturer's subscription efforts, Nissan's is also extremely limited in scope. If you live within 20 miles of the South Main neighborhood of Houston, this service is open for business, according to Nissan's press release. That covers a decent chunk of the greater Houston area, but certainly not all of it.

There are two tiers to choose from if you do want to subscribe to Nissans. The first tier costs $699/month, and allows access to the Altima, Rogue, Pathfinder and Frontier. Now, we know what you're thinking: $699/month for a Rogue? There's more to it. Nissan covers insurance, roadside assistance, regular maintenance, cleaning and delivery. The best part of the service is that Nissan allows for unlimited switching between vehicles, so you can swap every single day if you so desire. Still, it's not cheap, and all of those vehicles can be leased for much lower monthly rates — you're just on the hook for all the typical costs of ownership. We'll also note the $495 "membership activation" fee that you'll have to pay at the start, adding even more to the cost.

Govt. May End 2011 Memorial Service Next Year

Govt. may end 2011 memorial service next year

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has suggested that next year will be the last time the government hosts an annual memorial ceremony for the 2011 disaster.

The government decided at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to hold a ceremony in Tokyo on March 11 to mark the ninth anniversary of the massive quake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan, triggering a nuclear accident in Fukushima.

Providing 5g Service At Tokyo Games Venues

Providing 5G service at Tokyo Games venues

The Tokyo metropolitan government has designated the competition venues of the coming Olympic and Paralympic Games as priority areas for the next generation 5G communication standard.

5G networks enable high-speed, large-capacity communication. Full-scale services will start in Japan this spring.

Tokyo's Yamanote Train Line Resumes Service

Tokyo's Yamanote train line resumes service

Tokyo's central loop railway line has resumed service after a portion of it was closed on Saturday due to construction of a new station.

Services were suspended from the first train running between Osaki and Ueno until around 4 p.m., and trains are running on the newly re-routed tracks.

Portion Of Tokyo's Yamanote Line Out Of Service

Portion of Tokyo's Yamanote Line out of service

A portion of Tokyo's central loop rail line is not in service on Saturday due to construction work for a new station.

East Japan Railway, which operates the Yamanote Line, says services between Osaki and Ueno stations are suspended from the first train run to around 4 p.m. This section includes Tokyo Station. The construction affects one-third of services on the line.

Us Service Members Raising Funds For Shuri Castle

US service members raising funds for Shuri Castle

US service members and their families have joined fundraising efforts to rebuild Shuri Castle in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. The World Heritage-listed site was destroyed by fire on October 31.

US resident Mari Gregory, the wife of a US Marine officer, set up the online fundraiser. She had lived in Okinawa for three years until this summer.

Sony Could Be Considering The Sale Of Its Playstation Vue Service

Sony Could Be Considering The Sale Of Its PlayStation Vue Service

Before Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus, Sony had actually arrived to the market with its PlayStation Vue service. In case you’re unfamiliar, the PlayStation Vue is a live TV streaming service which was Sony’s attempt to capture the market that other companies such as Hulu have been operating in.

However, it seems that the PlayStation Vue service might not be doing as well as Sony had hoped because in a report from The Information (paywall), it has been revealed that Sony could actually be looking to sell it off and have approached Bank of America Merrill Lynch to explore the possibility of a sale, and that one of the companies that could be in discussion is fuboTV.