The 302 Hp 2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime Will Start Under $40,000

The 302 hp 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime will start under $40,000

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE will ring the till at $39,220 (including a $1,120 destination charge) when it goes on sale this summer, Toyota announced Friday, as the company looks to claim the performance high ground in the compact crossover segment with its high-output plug-in hybrid. 

So far, hybrid variants of smaller mainstream two-row crossovers have been focused entirely on efficiency; even Toyota's own RAV4 Hybrid is rated at 41 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 40 combined on the strength of its 219-horsepower conventional hybrid drive system. 

Abe: Coronavirus Vaccine Trials May Start In July

Abe: Coronavirus vaccine trials may start in July

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says clinical trials of a vaccine for the coronavirus are expected to begin in the country as early as July.

Abe made the disclosure at a Lower House Budget Committee session on Monday.

Japan Govt. To Consider Sept. Start Of School Year

Japan govt. to consider Sept. start of school year

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says the government will weigh various options when considering whether to change the start of the school year from April to September.

Abe commented on calls for the change at a Lower House Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday. Some governors and opposition parties want the start of the academic year to be pushed back to September as school closures have been prolonged amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Few Travelers Seen At Start Of Week-long Holiday

Few travelers seen at start of week-long holiday

Few people were seen at major transportation hubs in Tokyo and highways were quiet throughout Japan at the start of the country's week-long spring holiday on Wednesday.

Japan Railway group companies say less than 10 percent of non-reserved seats on all Shinkansen bullet train lines were occupied on Wednesday morning.

Govt. Aims To Start Cash Handouts In May

Govt. aims to start cash handouts in May

The Japanese minister in charge of coronavirus measures says the government aims to start cash handouts in May, to households suffering from falling income due to the outbreak.

Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi revealed the plan during a news conference on Tuesday.

Emi Records Artists Start A Relay On Tik Tok

EMI Records artists start a relay on Tik Tok

Artists belonging to Universal Music's label EMI Records have started a relay on Tik Tok. 

In addition, EMI Records have launched their official YouTube channel. They will gradually upload concert footage by 10-FEET, AI, HKT48, SiM, Inoue Sonoko, Tokyo Jihen, Sheena Ringo, Matsutoya Yumi, and Matsuda Seiko. 

Recalled 2020 Toyota Highlanders Might Have Faulty Start-stop

Recalled 2020 Toyota Highlanders might have faulty start-stop

Toyota has announced a recall for select 2020 Toyota Highlanders. On models with a 3.5.-liter V6 engine, the Engine Control Unit (ECU) might have an error that could cut off the fuel supply during start-stop. The recall, which affects up to 38,810 vehicles, is expected to start April 24, 2020. 

Toyota filed an official Defect Information Report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on March 19, 2020, declaring an issue with the ECU on certain 2020 Highlanders. These Highlanders have a start-stop feature that shuts the engine down and restarts it while a vehicle is temporarily stopped. Due to a programming error in the ECU, the fuel system might malfunction during start-stop, and the gas might not make it to engine. 

Olympic Torch Relay To Start As Planned

Olympic torch relay to start as planned

The International Olympic Committee has decided to start discussions with Japanese organizers about the future of the Tokyo Games, including the possibility of a postponement. The IOC plans to reach a decision within four weeks.

But the sources say the Olympic torch relay will start in Fukushima Prefecture next Thursday as scheduled.

Start Of Cherry Blossom Season Declared In Tokyo

Start of cherry blossom season declared in Tokyo

Japan's Meteorological Agency has declared the start of cherry blossom season in Tokyo.

Agency officials confirmed on Saturday afternoon that at least five blossoms had opened on the benchmark tree of the Somei-yoshino variety at Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo.

Start Of Japanese Pro Baseball Season Postponed

Start of Japanese pro baseball season postponed

Japan's professional baseball season will start later than scheduled amid fears of the new coronavirus outbreak. The season was due to open on March 20.

Representatives of 12 pro baseball clubs met in Tokyo on Monday and unanimously decided to delay the start of the season and aim to open in April.

Kono: Msdf Ship To Start Operating In Middle East

Kono: MSDF ship to start operating in Middle East

Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono says a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer will start operating in the Middle East as soon as Wednesday.

The government dispatched the destroyer Takanami and aircraft to the Middle East for an intelligence gathering operation to safeguard commercial ships with links to Japan. The Takanami left the Yokosuka base, near Tokyo, on February 2.

Passengers Start To Disembark Diamond Princess

Passengers start to disembark Diamond Princess

Passengers aboard a cruise ship south of Tokyo are finally starting to go home, after spending two weeks in quarantine. NHK World's Haruka Nouchi filed this report from Yokohama Port.

NOUCHI: It's been a busy morning at Yokohama port.

Passengers Start Disembarking Quarantined Cruise

Passengers start disembarking quarantined cruise

Passengers aboard a virus-stricken cruise ship are finally on dry land. Those who served out a 14-day quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess have begun disembarking, with Japanese officials expecting 500 people to do so by the end of Wednesday.

The first group of passengers were required to test negative for the new coronavirus. They also could not have any symptoms.