Panel Set To Investigate Kepco As Chairman Resigns

Panel set to investigate KEPCO as chairman resigns

The Chairman of Kansai Electric Power Company has bowed to pressure over a cash-and-gift scandal. Makoto Yagi stepped down on Wednesday to take responsibility for the affair.

Yagi told a news conference: "The situation has caused our company to lose public trust and created enormous trouble. We have reached the decision that the president and I should step down -- to clarify management's responsibility."

Govt. To Set New Guideline To Remove Utility Poles

Govt. to set new guideline to remove utility poles

Japan's land and infrastructure ministry intends to set up by the end of next March its first guideline to encourage municipalities to remove utility poles and bury overhead cables underground.

The ministry has been calling for such a reform of the utility cable system, but work has been slow. Even in Tokyo's 23 wards, where the project is proceeding most quickly, only eight percent had no utility poles as of March last year.

Rugby World Cup: Japan Set For Opening Kick-off

Rugby World Cup: Japan set for opening kick-off

The Rugby World Cup is set to kick off in Japan on Friday night. Over the next six weeks, 20 squads will compete for a shot at the title.

Forty-eight games will be held at 12 venues across the country. Among them is Kamaishi in northeastern Japan, a city devastated by the tsunami of 2011. The final will take place in Yokohama.

Subaru And Honda Set All-time Single-month Sales Records In August

Subaru and Honda set all-time single-month sales records in August

While the U.S. and Japan continue to hash out the details for a new trade deal, American customers showed just how much they love Japanese automobiles. Both Honda America and Subaru of America exceeded expectations in August and set all-time sales records for units moved in a single month. The booming business was led, in part, by the Honda CR-V and Subaru Crosstrek, both of which posted their best sales months ever.  For Subaru, August 2019 marked the best sales month in company history and a claimed 93 straight months of yearly, month-over-month growth. Subaru sold 70,039 vehicles, which beats the December 2018 record of 64,541 vehicles. Top sellers were the Outback (17,110), the Forester (17,076), and the Crosstrek (15,860). The Ascent notably saw a 72.8 percent increase in sales compared to August 2018 with 7,319 sold.  Honda America, which includes Honda and Acura, sold 173,993 total vehicles, 158,804 of which were Hondas. That's up from 147,903 total sales in August 2018. Honda achieved these numbers with strong sales across its lineup, despite the less consumer interest in sedans in general. In August 2019, Honda sold 44,235 CR-Vs (the most ever in a single month) 14,381 Pilots, 10,190 Odysseys, 34,808 Civics, and 30,558 Accords. Acura's SUVs continue to be the company's best-sellers with 5,976 MDXs sold and 5,459 RDXs moved. 

Tepco Set To Scrap Fukushima Daini Plant

TEPCO set to scrap Fukushima Daini plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company is set to scrap all four reactors at the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in northeastern Japan. The reactors have been offline since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

TEPCO is expected to reach a formal decision as early as this month. The plant is located about 12 kilometers south of the Fukushima Daiichi plant that was severely damaged in the 2011 disaster.

First Cap Set On Pacific Saury Catches

First cap set on Pacific saury catches

Delegations from seven countries and one territory have agreed to set a ceiling on Pacific saury catches. This is the first cap of its kind aimed at protecting the fish's dwindling population.

The agreement came at a three-day meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission, which concluded in Tokyo on Thursday.

Hayabusa2 Probe Set To Land On Ryugu Asteroid

Hayabusa2 probe set to land on Ryugu asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe is descending toward the asteroid Ryugu for an unprecedented mission collecting underground rock samples. The landing is scheduled to take place Thursday morning Japan time.

Hayabusa2 began its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters shortly before 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, at a speed of 40 centimeters per second.

Abe Set To Begin Visit To Iran

Abe set to begin visit to Iran

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Iran from Wednesday to meet President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Abe will meet the two Iranian leaders in Tehran at a time of rising Middle East tensions caused by the rift between Iran and the United States.

Suga Asks For Arbitration Panel To Be Set Up Soon

Suga asks for arbitration panel to be set up soon

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has asked South Korea's new ambassador to Japan to quickly establish an arbitration panel to address the bilateral issue of wartime labor.

Suga spoke to Nam Gwan-pyo when he made a courtesy call on Tuesday to mark the start of his time in Tokyo.

Kyoto Univ. To Set Up Cancer Immunotherapy Center

Kyoto Univ. to set up cancer immunotherapy center

NHK has learned that Japan's Kyoto University plans to set up a research center for cancer immunotherapy to be headed by Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo.

Honjo, a distinguished professor at Kyoto University, jointly received last year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of a cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.