Xperia 1 Ii Gets Raw Camera Support In Latest Update (58.0.a.3.88)

Xperia 1 II gets RAW camera support in latest update (58.0.A.3.88)

Sony has released an exciting new firmware update for Xperia 1 II (Mk2) owners, adding RAW support across all three of its rear camera lenses when using the Photo Pro app. Build version 58.0.A.3.88 is currently rolling out to select regions for the single SIM variant (XQ-AT51) including Russia, US and carriers including O2 UK and Orange in Europe. There is no update for the dual SIM variant (XQ-AT52) at the time of writing, though this should follow shortly.

Emperor, Empress Briefed On Support For The Needy

Emperor, Empress briefed on support for the needy

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have been briefed about relief efforts for people in need affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Imperial couple has been receiving expert briefings on various areas as the impact of the spread of infections continues.

Banks Support Rain Disaster Victims In Japan

Banks support rain disaster victims in Japan

Japanese financial institutions are offering support for victims of the heavy rains that have battered southwestern and central Japan. Four major banks say they will lend money at reduced interest rates to people who need their homes rebuilt or renovated.

The banks are Sumitomo Mitsui, Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho, and Resona.

New Support Center Opens In Tokyo For Foreigners

New support center opens in Tokyo for foreigners

As the number of foreign workers in Japan increases, so does the amount of support they need to adjust, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic. And on Monday, the government opened a new consultation center aimed at providing a variety of resources under one roof.

The Foreign Residents Support Center brings together eight organizations including the Immigration Services Agency, the legal support center, and the employment security office.

Foreign Residents Support Center Opens In Tokyo

Foreign residents support center opens in Tokyo

The Japanese government opened a one-stop consultation center in Tokyo on Monday to provide assistance to foreign workers.

The Foreign Residents Support Center, or FRESC, is in Yotsuya, Shinjuku Ward. Eight government-affiliated organizations have offices there, including the Immigration Services Agency and the Japan Legal Support Center.

Support Still Needed 2 Years Since Mass Flooding

Support still needed 2 years since mass flooding

Monday marks two years since torrential rains devastated large parts of western Japan. As of Wednesday last week, a total of 305 people have died or remain missing in 14 prefectures due to the disaster.

An NHK survey shows that 222 out of the total 296 deaths were directly caused by the disaster, such as landslides and flooding. The other 74 people died later from causes related to the disaster, such as health problems. The figure is up 22 from a year earlier.

Boj Chief: Support Will Be Expanded If Necessary

BOJ chief: Support will be expanded if necessary

The Governor of the Bank of Japan says it will not hesitate to draw up additional easing measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kuroda Haruhiko was speaking to reporters on Tuesday after a two-day policy meeting at which the BOJ decided to expand its corporate financing support program to over one trillion dollars.

Skater Hanyu Posts Video To Support Virus Fight

Skater Hanyu posts video to support virus fight

Japan's top figure skater, Hanyu Yuzuru, has uploaded video of his performances to encourage people coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

The three-part series lasting about five minutes in total was posted on Wednesday on the official Twitter account of the Japan Skating Federation.

More Covid-19 Patients In Japan On Ecmo Support

More COVID-19 patients in Japan on ECMO support

At least 75 critically ill coronavirus patients in Japan have received life-support treatment involving ECMO machines that replace the function of the heart and lungs. The number has nearly doubled in two weeks.

The figure is based on surveys by medical associations, including the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine.

Financial Support For Telework, Furloughs

Financial support for telework, furloughs

Some Japanese businesses are giving financial support to employees who are teleworking or on furlough.

Marketplace-app operator Mercari decided to close its offices in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka after the government declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.

Abe Seeks Public Support For Emergency Measures

Abe seeks public support for emergency measures

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is expected to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures on Tuesday in a bid to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

The move comes as Tokyo and other major Japanese cities experience a rapid spread of the virus and an increase in the number of cases with untraceable infection routes.

Poll: Over 90% Support Tokyo Games Delay

Poll: Over 90% support Tokyo Games delay

An NHK opinion poll shows that more than 90 percent of the respondents support the decision to delay the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

NHK conducted the survey over the weekend. More than 1,300 people responded.

Abe Seeks Opposition Support On Virus Response Law

Abe seeks opposition support on virus response law

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought opposition parties' cooperation to enact legislation that would enable him to declare a state of emergency if the coronavirus spreads further.

Abe met leaders of the five opposition parties individually on Wednesday, and asked them to cooperate in passing the legislation through the Diet as soon as possible.

Teachers Asked To Support Extra Daycare

Teachers asked to support extra daycare

Japan's health ministry has drafted a plan to provide daycare for children whose schools have been asked to close to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The plan was compiled after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe requested the temporary closure of all schools from Monday.