Some Toyama Prefecture Public Schools Reopen

Some Toyama Prefecture public schools reopen

Two cities in Toyama Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast have reopened their public elementary and junior high schools after being closed for two weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Classes resumed on Monday in the cities of Toyama and Kurobe.

Some Shinkansen Services To Be Suspended In March

Some Shinkansen services to be suspended in March

The operator of Japan's Tokaido Shinkansen line says it will reduce the number of its trains in late March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Central Japan Railway Company had planned to operate extra Nozomi bullet trains from March 19 through 31, when the number of passengers usually increases due to spring holidays.

Expert: Risk To Some Para-athletes

Expert: Risk to some para-athletes

The health emergency is affecting preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Organizers have held a test event without athletes or spectators.

An expert says the coronavirus poses a significant risk to some physically challenged athletes.

Some Passengers To Enter Govt.-prepared Facilities

Some passengers to enter govt.-prepared facilities

Japan's government plans to have passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship who were in close contact with those infected by the new coronavirus stay in facilities it has prepared to monitor their health.

Health minister Katsunobu Kato made the announcement on Friday. The ministry had previously planned to have such passengers remain on the ship.

Mazda Is Recalling Some 2016 Cx-5 Crossovers To Address Failing Drls

Mazda is recalling some 2016 CX-5 crossovers to address failing DRLs

Mazda announced Tuesday that it will recall more than 35,000 examples of the 2016 CX-5 crossover to address an issue that may lead to deterioration or failure of its LED daytime running lights. 

In affected models, the gasket used to seal the wiring harness to the LED module was not manufactured to Mazda's specification. As it degrades over time, it can release sulfur, which in turn can potentially corrode the LED control circuit, causing the LEDs themselves to flicker, illuminate poorly or even fail outright. 

Global Warming Could Bring More Snow To Some Areas

Global warming could bring more snow to some areas

Researchers in Japan have warned that global warming will likely bring heavy snow to mountainous areas in eastern Japan.

A team led by Tohoku University Assistant Professor Takahiro Sasai simulated how snow would fall if global average temperatures rise by four degrees Celsius due to global warming.

Photo Ban In Some Kyoto Alleys

Photo ban in some Kyoto alleys

Tourists in Kyoto will no longer be able to take pictures in privately-owned alleys near one of the most photographed spots in the city. Locals say the ban has come after disrespect shown by some visitors.

An association of residents and shop owners in the Gion district imposed the ban on photography in private alleys near Hanamikoji street, effective on Friday.

Fujifilm X-pro3 Announced With Some Controversial Design Choices

Fujifilm X-Pro3 Announced With Some Controversial Design Choices

We have been hearing rumors about the Fujifilm X-Pro3 for a while now, and it looks like the company has finally made it official. While this is the third camera in the X-Pro lineup, it also represents a huge change over its predecessors where Fujifilm has made some changes in its design that could be controversial.

One of those changes is the hiding of the display on the back, where only if you were to flip the screen down, would you be able to use it as a viewfinder. This might be controversial to some as many rely on these displays to act as the viewfinder for composing and framing their shots, but according to Fujifilm, they wanted to remove “distractions” and allow photographers to just focus on shooting.

Jr West To Cancel Some Bullet Train Services

JR West to cancel some bullet train services

The West Japan Railway Company says it will cancel some Sanyo Shinkansen bullet trains on Saturday due to Typhoon Hagibis.

The train operator said on Friday that services between Shin-Osaka and Okayama stations will be canceled except for some trains in the morning.

Jr East To Suspend Some Services

JR East to suspend some services

East Japan Railway Company says it will start suspending services on some train lines in the Greater Tokyo area and Shizuoka Prefecture from 9 a.m. on Saturday due to Typhoon Hagibis.

The company also says it will reduce the number of Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Hokuriku and Joetsu Shinkansen bullet trains departing after 11 a.m., and will suspend all services later in the day.

Some Nintendo Switch Lite Owners Are Already Reporting Control Drift Issues

Some Nintendo Switch Lite Owners Are Already Reporting Control Drift Issues

A couple of months ago, Nintendo officially announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. This is a cheaper and more portable version of the Switch, although for the most part it is still very much a Switch at its core. Unfortunately, it seems to have inherited some of the Switch’s problems as well.

In case you didn’t know, Switch owners have been reporting that they are experiencing “drift” issues with their Joy-Cons. What this means is that even when the player isn’t touching the control, the console will read it as the controls are moving which can interfere with gameplay. Now it seems that according to some user reports, the Switch Lite is experiencing similar issues as well.

Some Homes To Remain Without Power On Wednesday

Some homes to remain without power on Wednesday

Tokyo Electric Power Company says blackouts caused by Typhoon Faxai will continue on Wednesday in some areas near Tokyo.

TEPCO Power Grid President Yoshinori Kaneko offered an update early Wednesday on efforts to restore power to more than 448,000 households and businesses in Chiba Prefecture and 6,000 in Kanagawa.

Japan Pm Prepares To Shift Some Key Ministers

Japan PM prepares to shift some key ministers

Japan's prime minister is set to reshuffle his cabinet and executives of his Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday. Sources say Shinzo Abe will retain some key members of both lineups, while bringing in a number of fresh faces.

Abe will reshuffle the party leadership Wednesday morning and his cabinet in the afternoon.