Square Enix Is Considering A Subscription Service For Its Games

Square Enix Is Considering A Subscription Service For Its Games

Speaking to Game Informer, Square Enix’s President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda was quoted as saying, “We’re working on that in a variety of ways. That is a request that we hear often. As far as our major titles go, most of those, we still have variations out that you can play now. The more classic titles that you might have played on NES, we are still working hard to make it so you can play those.”

He adds, “We actually have launched a dedicated project internally to port those, so we are working to make them available on a variety of platforms. Certainly down the road, we would like to see that on a subscription or streaming service, so we’re exploring the possibility of creating a dedicated channel for ourselves.”

Derailed Yokohama Subway Resumes Full Service

Derailed Yokohama subway resumes full service

A subway line in Yokohama City near Tokyo resumed full operation on Monday, after four days of partial suspension due to a derailment.

The accident occurred on Thursday morning in the city's Izumi ward. A train on the Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line derailed after running over equipment mistakenly left on the rails by workers doing overnight maintenance work.

Playstation Now Subscription Service Tops 700,000 Users

PlayStation Now Subscription Service Tops 700,000 Users


The PlayStation Now streaming service has been around for quite some time now, long before similar services were offered for the Xbox One. Sony launched it back in 2014 and it has seen constant growth for PlayStation Now over the years. Sony has revealed that the subscription service now has over 700,000 users.

Sony’s cloud-based game streaming service is based on a subscription model. Users can purchase a membership for $19.99 per month and that provides them with access to more than 750 games for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Sony's S.ride Taxi-hailing Service Launched In Tokyo

Sony's S.Ride Taxi-Hailing Service Launched In Tokyo


Sony has launched a taxi-hailing service in the Japanese capital of Tokyo as part of a joint venture that it’s leading. The ride-hailing landscape is a bit different in Japan compared to other countries across the globe where services like Uber reign supreme. S.Ride is a major entry into this landscape and is available for use starting today.

The S.Ride app can be used to flag down regular taxis. Riders can choose to pay with cash, a digital wallet that’s QR code-powered, or through a credit card. It’s a good option for those who don’t want to head out on the street to hail a taxi on their own but that’s hardly going to be an issue for people in the busy areas of Tokyo.

Muslim Prayer Facilities Debut In Expressway Service Areas

Muslim prayer facilities debut in expressway service areas

Prayer facilities have been set up in expressway service areas along popular routes to cater to Muslim visitors ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

In a first in Japan, prayer areas opened March 26 at the Hamanako service area and on the outbound side of the Ashigara service area along the Tomei Expressway in Shizuoka Prefecture. On March 27, a prayer facility was set up in the Suwako service area's outbound side on the Chuo Expressway in Nagano Prefecture.

Sapporo Subway Service Partially Resumes

Sapporo subway service partially resumes

Subway trains are running again in Sapporo on sections of the rail network that have passed safety checks following Thursday's earthquake in Hokkaido.

Service on the Namboku Line resumed between Odori Station and Makomanai Station.

Toyota's Car Subscription Service Rewards You For Safe Driving

Toyota's car subscription service rewards you for safe driving

Toyota has teamed up with Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company to launch a new car subscription service with gamification elements in Japan. The program is called Kinto, and it'll offer two tiers: the first, called Kinto One, will allow you to drive one Toyota vehicle over a three-year period for anywhere between $420 and $900 a month. When the tier becomes available on March 1st, you can choose from the available Prius, Corolla Sport, Alphard, Vellfire and Crown models. The other tier called Kinto Select will give you the power to drive one of the available Lexus-branded vehicles for $1,630 a month for three years.

Now, what truly makes Kinto potentially more interesting than other leasing services is a rewards program that awards points based on how well you drive. Toyota didn't really expound on how it will work, other than saying that it will "award points to customers based on their vehicle usage (such as for safe or ecological driving)." As TechCrunch notes, the assumption is that the vehicle's in-car connected system will come with the ability to monitor your driving. Best thing about it is that the points you earn aren't useless rewards you can't even use: you'll be able to apply them toward payments.

Wetland Train Service Opens In Hokkaido

Wetland train service opens in Hokkaido

A railway operator in northern Japan has launched an annual steam locomotive service in the eastern part of Hokkaido Prefecture.

Hokkaido Railway Company operates the steam locomotive, commonly referred to as the Winter Wetlands line, that makes one roundtrip journey every day between Kushiro and Shibecha Stations.

Nhk World To Launch New Chinese Service In January

NHK World to launch new Chinese service in January

NHK WORLD-JAPAN is launching on January 15th of next year a new online Chinese-language service. NHK Huayu Shijie will broadcast some of the most popular programs that focus on news, culture and current events.

The service will be for five hours on weekdays. Five anchors will each be assigned a day and bring the news on that day, starting at seven PM.

Sony & Rhapsody Launching Audiophile Streaming Service In Japan

Sony & Rhapsody Launching Audiophile Streaming Service In Japan

In the music streaming market at the moment, Apple Music and Spotify more or less reign supreme. However it seems that Sony wants in on the action and thinks that they might be able to set themselves apart by teaming up with Rhapsody and launching a streaming service in Japan aimed at audiophiles.

Dubbed Mora Qualitas, this streaming service will debut in early 2019 where it is priced at ¥1,980 per month, and will grant users access to FLAC files up to 24-bit/96kHz in quality, presuming that you have the necessary hardware to support such high-quality streams. It does seem a bit odd to choose Japan as a launch platform, but Sony is a Japanese company and as we have seen in the past, Japan has a very enthusiastic audiophile community where they go as far as installing their own personal utility poles for “purer” electricity.

Last Pager Service In Japan Is Finally Shutting Down

Last Pager Service In Japan Is Finally Shutting Down


Some of you might be young enough to not know that there once existed communication devices known as pagers. The age of mobile phones, let alone smartphones, marked the end of pagers across the globe. Japan has been a bit slow to give them up compared to the rest of the world. The last remaining pager service in Japan is now shutting down.

Tokyo Telemessage Inc. is the last remaining service provider for pagers in Japan. It has some 1,500 users that are still relying on these devices. Some of those users work in hospitals where pagers have long been used as they don’t emit electromagnetic waves.

Cloudflare Launches Its 1.1.1.1 Dns Service On Ios & Android

Cloudflare Launches Its 1.1.1.1 DNS Service On iOS & Android

In some countries, certain websites are blocked for various reasons. However an easy way to bypass these restrictions would be to change your DNS, and Google’s DNS is one of the free options out there. Now earlier this year Cloudflare launched their own resolver that anyone can use for free, and now it looks like that DNS resolver has since been turned into an app.

Dubbed 1.1.1.1, the app doesn’t do anything different if you were to change your DNS manually. However given that changing your DNS isn’t exactly something that everyone knows how to do, the app simplifies the entire process by basically turning it into a toggle where you can choose to turn it on or off.