Hokkaido Utilities, Transport Services Recovering

Hokkaido utilities, transport services recovering

Public utilities and transportation are slowly being restored in Hokkaido following widespread power outages in the wake of a strong earthquake on Thursday.

Hokkaido Electric Power Company says power has been restored to about 40 percent of homes.

Sony Ends Playstation 2 Repair Services After 18 Years

Sony Ends PlayStation 2 Repair Services After 18 Years

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A lot has changed in the past 18 years. Sony launched the PlayStation 2 console back in March 2000. The gaming industry has changed significantly since then but the company continued to offer repair services for the console in its home country of Japan even as it wrapped up things in other markets. Sony will no longer be providing repair services for the PlayStation 2 in Japan, over 18 years after the console was first launched in the country.

Rail Freight Services Suspended After Heavy Rain

Rail freight services suspended after heavy rain

Rail freight services have been suspended in wide areas of western Japan following record-high rainfall in the region this month.

Japan Freight Railway Company President Koichi Shingai told reporters that full recovery will take more than one month.

All 593 Of W-inds. Songs Available On Music Subscription Services

All 593 of w-inds. songs available on music subscription services

All songs by w-inds. are now available on music subscription services. 

w-inds. have released a total of 593 songs from their debut work "Forever Memories" to their latest "Dirty Talk." To commemorate this occasion, a campaign has been launched on Spotify in which their fans create a w-inds. playlist. The winner of this campaign will receive a voice comment from the members.

The Internal Affairs And Communications Ministry Will Start Reviewing A Policy On Competition In The Smartphone Services Market

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry will start reviewing a policy on competition in the smartphone services marketThe Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry will start reviewing a policy on competition in the smartphone services market, given that the growth of independent budget smartphone services (see below) is stagnating in the face of popular rival brands launched by leading carriers such as KDDI Corp., which offers mobile services under the "au" brand, and SoftBank Corp.

If independent carriers cannot achieve growth, competition will remain stagnant, and it is feared this may cause phone bills to remain high. Observers are paying close attention to how the ministry will stimulate the market.

Dept Stores Look To Rentals, Experience-based Services

Dept stores look to rentals, experience-based services

The Yomiuri ShimbunAmid their growing rivalry with online retailers, big brick-and-mortar outlets such as department stores and fashion buildings are working to become "stores that don't sell things," offering rental or experience-based services to draw in more people.

Synergistic effect

Nissan Canada's Finance Services Suffer Possible Data Breach

Nissan Canada's Finance Services Suffer Possible Data Breach

Nissan Canada has revealed that personal information of customers that used its financing services may have been compromised in a possible data breach.

The automaker was made aware of “unauthorized access to personal information” that occurred on December 11, reportedly targeting those that have financed a car through Nissan Canada Finance and Infiniti Financial Services Canada.

2018 Eclipse Cross Debuts Mitsubishi's New Connect Services

2018 Eclipse Cross Debuts Mitsubishi's New CONNECT Services

Mitsubishi's new connected vehicle services program, labelled the Mitsubishi CONNECT, will make its global debut at the upcoming LA Auto Show with two features, namely Safeguard and Remote Services, in the 2018 Eclipse Cross compact SUV.

According to the Japanese automaker, both services can be accessed either inside the vehicle through the mobile app, or via the owners' portal.

Alexa, Ask Nissanconnect Services To Start My Murano

'Alexa, ask NissanConnect Services to start my Murano' – new skill for Amazon Alexa from Nissan lets customers talk to their car from the comfort of home


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Don't risk burning what is in the oven; don't dump out your bag in search of a key fob – you can now use your voice to remote-start your Nissan. Available later this month, a new skill for Amazon Alexa (powered by NissanConnectSM Services) will allow some Nissan owners a new way to interact with their vehicles.     

Jal Upgrades In-flight Services, Equipment To Woo Foreign Fliers

JAL upgrades in-flight services, equipment to woo foreign fliers

By Etsuo Kono / Japan News staff writer Japan Airlines Co. is accelerating efforts to upgrade its in-flight services, as well as equipment used on medium-haul international flights. The carrier is particularly focusing on routes to Hawaii and Southeast Asia, because of the increasing number of international tourists traveling on these routes.

The airline's refurbished fleet of eleven Boeing 777-200ER aircraft — dubbed "JAL Sky Suite" to reflect the higher level of comfort and services offered — began flying in July last year. The refurbished planes now include fully reclining seats with direct access to aisles in business class.