World Heritage Panel Starts Nomination Screening

World Heritage panel starts nomination screening

A UNESCO committee has started reviewing nominations for its World Heritage list.

The committee opened its meeting on Friday in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku to screen 35 natural and cultural heritage sites, nominated by members of the UN body.

Japanese Girl Starts 'mushroom Cloud' Logo Debate

Japanese girl starts 'mushroom cloud' logo debate

A Japanese exchange student in the US state of Washington has sparked an online debate about a high school's use of a mushroom cloud logo.

Nonoka Koga is from the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Fukuoka. She studied at Richland High School in the city of Richland.

As Phone Numbers Run Out, Japan Starts Making Longer Ones

As Phone Numbers Run Out, Japan Starts Making Longer Ones

Amid concerns that the company’s 11 digit phone numbers could run out by 2022, Japan’s communications ministry has started planning to create 14 digit phone numbers. It would be able to create 10 billion new numbers by moving up to 14 digits. The proposal to do so has reportedly been approved already by the country’s largest mobile carriers.

According to the Japan Times, the plan to create 14 digit phone numbers has been approved by KDDI, NTT Docomo, and SoftBank. With the three major carriers in agreement, the report states that Japan might introduce these new phone numbers before the end of 2021.

Reiwa Era Starts

Reiwa era starts

It's a new era in Japan, the Reiwa era. Emperor Naruhito has begun his reign as his father abdicated. It's a historic development, the first Imperial succession from a living Emperor in more than 200 years.

Emperor Naruhito is now the 126th Emperor of Japan.
Later on Wednesday morning, he'll take part in ceremonies at the Imperial Palace to mark his enthronement.

Tepco Starts Removing Fuel From Storage Pool

TEPCO starts removing fuel from storage pool

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun removing nuclear fuel from a storage pool inside one of the damaged reactor buildings at the complex.

This is the first time for Tokyo Electric Power Company to remove fuel from any of the three buildings housing reactors that underwent meltdowns after the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan about eight years ago.

Android Pie Rollout Re-starts For Xperia Xa2 Family (50.2.a.0.352)

Android Pie rollout re-starts for Xperia XA2 family (50.2.A.0.352)

Just over a month ago, Sony Mobile commenced the Android 9 Pie rollout for the Xperia XA2, XA2 Plus and XA2 Ultra with build number 50.2.A.0.342. It was only out in one region (Russia), but was found to brick devices. Well now the Android Pie update has resumed with new build number 50.2.A.0.352. The update comes with the March 2019 Android security patch. If you have downloaded the new update please let us know your experiences in the comments below.

Plum Flower Festival Starts At Kairakuen Garden

Plum flower festival starts at Kairakuen Garden

People are enjoying the first signs of spring at an annual plum flower festival at the Kairakuen garden in Mito City, north of Tokyo.

The festival began on Saturday. Kairakuen is widely regarded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan.

Campaigning Starts For Okinawa Base Referendum

Campaigning starts for Okinawa base referendum

Official campaigning began on Thursday in Okinawa for a prefectural referendum on landfill work to relocate a US base within the southern Japanese prefecture.

The referendum on the landfill work in a coastal area of Henoko will be held on February 24.

Flowers Bloom As Spring Starts

Flowers bloom as spring starts

Various flowers have entered full bloom in many parts of Japan, with warm weather seen in wide areas. Monday also marked the beginning of spring -- known as Risshun -- in the lunar calendar.

In Nobeoka City in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki, temperatures neared 19 degrees Celsius, which is as warm as early April.

Japan's Diet: Ordinary Session Starts

Japan's Diet: Ordinary session starts

The Japanese Diet has opened its new session. Ruling and opposition parties are expected to hold heated debates on several issues including botched labor surveys that underpaid insurance benefits to millions of people.

The opening ceremony was held with Emperor Akihito in attendance.