Shuri Castle Investigation Expected To Take Days

Shuri Castle investigation expected to take days

Police say it will take several days at the minimum to complete their investigation into the cause of the fire at Shuri Castle in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan.

The blaze engulfed the World Heritage-listed site in Naha City as it raged for 11 hours on Thursday. The main structures of the castle, including the wooden 3-story main hall, were destroyed.

Panasonic Plant May Take 2 Months To Resume Output

Panasonic plant may take 2 months to resume output

Panasonic says it may be two months before production can resume at a plant forced to halt operations due to Typhoon Hagibis.

Much of the equipment at the company's factory in the northern city of Koriyama was flooded. Water rose higher than a one-meter-high wall and flowed into the building.

Japan To Take Part In Lunar Space Station Project

Japan to take part in lunar space station project

Japan says it will participate in a US-led project to put a space station into orbit around the moon.

The government made the decision on Friday at a meeting of the Strategic Headquarters for National Space Policy, attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and cabinet ministers.

2020 Olympics: Marathon May Take Place In Sapporo

2020 Olympics: Marathon may take place in Sapporo

The International Olympic Committee says it is considering moving the marathon and race walking events for next year's Tokyo Olympics to the northern Japanese city of Sapporo.

The IOC announced this on Wednesday, citing cooler conditions expected in the city in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

Hokuriku Shinkansen Recovery May Take 1 To 2 Weeks

Hokuriku Shinkansen recovery may take 1 to 2 weeks

The operator of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train says it will be one or two weeks before operations along its entire route are restored due to disruptions caused by Typhoon Hagibis over the weekend.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen connects Tokyo with the central Japanese city of Kanazawa, via Nagano.

20% Of Male Govt. Officials Take Childcare Leave

20% of male govt. officials take childcare leave

A record high percentage of Japan's male government officials took childcare leave in the fiscal year that ended in March.

Japan's National Personnel Authority reported that 1,350 men engaged in clerical work took the leave last fiscal year, up about 160 from the previous fiscal year.

2020 Toyota Supra Will Take On The Nurburgring 24 Hours

2020 Toyota Supra will take on the Nurburgring 24 Hours

Though announced a few months ago, we're now getting our first look at the 2020 Toyota Supra that will be part of Gazoo Racing's two-car assault (the other is a Lexus LC race car) on the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race held by the VLN series that races exclusively at the German race track. It appears virtually identical to the Toyota Supra GT4 concept shown in March. The bodywork is mostly stock except for the front and side splitters and the giant rear wing. And if it's based on the GT4 concept, which was built for the SRO's GT4 class, that means it surely has a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six closely related to the production car.

The car will be racing in the SP8T class, which is a relatively open class permitting body modifications such as what we see on this GT4-style Supra. SP8T is specifically for cars up to 4.0 liters of displacement with forced induction. This will be the third VLN race in which the Supra has competed. Of the two previous races, the Supra has finished only one.

Subaru Brz Has Higher Manual Take-rate Than 86, And Other Subaru Manual Facts

Subaru BRZ has higher manual take-rate than 86, and other Subaru manual facts

Automakers are continuing to give us a peek at the popularity, or lack thereof, of the manual transmission. Our latest information comes from Subaru, which kindly shared its manual transmission take-rate numbers for 2018. One of the most interesting tidbits was that 78% of Subaru BRZs sold had a manual. What makes that so curious is its stark contrast to its twin, the Toyota 86, where only 33% of those sold in 2018 had a manual. On top of that, the BRZ has a stronger manual take-rate than the enthusiast darling Mazda Miata; the soft top had 76% of buyers going for a stick, and the RF had 52%. If we had to speculate, it seems the Subaru BRZ is attracting the hardcore sports car fans.

Although the BRZ manual sales are strong, it isn't the model that sells the most. The Subaru WRX tops it with 90% of buyers picking the manual over the CVT option. We of course suspect that plenty of regular WRX buyers are opting for the manual, though the number is likely partly boosted by the fact the STI version is only available with a manual.