As Tesla Talks About Going Smaller, Honda's First All-electric Car Is Already There

As Tesla talks about going smaller, Honda's first all-electric car is already there

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan — Many automakers are betting on sedans and SUVs in the switch to electric cars. And Tesla is only now realizing that it needs a cheaper, smaller hatchback for overseas markets. But Honda already has that car, deciding smaller is better for its first-ever all-battery EV.

The Honda e was released in Europe earlier this month. It's an upscale, compact model meant solely for city driving. That contrasts with Tesla, whose Model 3 sedan dominates the battery EV market, and others such as Audi AG and Hyundai that are focusing more on SUVs with long driving ranges.

Us-japan Defense Minister Talks Being Arranged

US-Japan defense minister talks being arranged

NHK has learned Defense Minister Kono Taro is arranging a meeting with his US counterpart, Mark Esper, in the US territory of Guam this month.

Sources say Kono is planning to fly to Guam by an Air Self-Defense Force plane on August 29 for talks with Esper at a US Air Force base.

Motegi To Visit Uk For Bilateral Trade Talks

Motegi to visit UK for bilateral trade talks

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is visiting Britain from Wednesday to discuss a bilateral trade agreement.

Motegi will hold talks with British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss in London.

Japan To Speed Up Talks Over New Fighter Jet

Japan to speed up talks over new fighter jet

Japanese defense officials plan to speed up talks with their US and British counterparts about how to cooperate on the development of Japan's new fighter jet.

The Japanese government plans to lead the development, with a view to international collaboration, of a new stealth fighter to replace the Air Self-Defense Force's F-2 aircraft. The F-2s are scheduled to be retired from around 2035.

Nishimura Talks With Governors Around Tokyo

Nishimura talks with governors around Tokyo

Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi, who is in charge of the national coronavirus response, has spoken online with governors of three prefectures neighboring Tokyo, where over 100 new cases have been confirmed on a daily basis.

In Sunday's web meeting, Nishimura said the government does not think a state of emergency should be declared again, but that it is working to analyze whether there are unknown clusters and whether infection is spreading in communities.

Japan, S.korea To Hold Trade Talks On March 10

Japan, S.Korea to hold trade talks on March 10

The Japanese government says it will hold talks with South Korea next month to discuss trade.

The two sides will meet for negotiations on March 10th in Seoul. They previously met in December for the first time in three-and-a-half years.

Doctor Talks Treatment Of Coronavirus Patients

Doctor talks treatment of coronavirus patients

A Japanese doctor who treated two patients infected with the new coronavirus says as there is no cure for the disease he provided them with proper nourishment and rest, and then waited for their recovery.

Tsunehiro Shimizu, Director of the infectious diseases department at Kyoto City Hospital, treated a female student in her 20s who had returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan, her hometown, and a Chinese man in his 20s who attended to tourists at a shop in Kyoto, western Japan.

Arrested Ex-softbank Employee Talks About Russian

Arrested ex-SoftBank employee talks about Russian

Japanese investigators say an arrested former employee of Tokyo-based telecommunications giant SoftBank Corporation admitted he received personal benefits from a Russian official.

Forty-eight-year-old Yutaka Araki allegedly accessed the company's confidential information on a corporate server in February last year. He was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of violating a law aimed at preventing unfair competition.

Abe Talks Tokyo 2020 Games At Diet Opening Speech

Abe talks Tokyo 2020 games at Diet opening speech

The Japanese Diet has kicked off its latest session, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowing to impress the world with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympics.

Abe says the Games are a chance for communities hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami nearly nine years ago to show how far they've come.

Japan, Indonesia Agree To Arrange 2-plus-2 Talks

Japan, Indonesia agree to arrange 2-plus-2 talks

The foreign ministers of Japan and Indonesia have agreed to expedite preparations to hold a joint meeting of their foreign and defense ministers soon this year.

Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met Indonesia's Retno Marsudi in Jakarta on Friday. The two countries last held a so-called "two-plus-two" meeting in 2015.

Abe To Outline Sdf Dispatch In Talks With Rouhani

Abe to outline SDF dispatch in talks with Rouhani

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to explain the objectives of a planned Self-Defense Force dispatch to the Middle East in his meeting with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.

Abe will meet Rouhani on Friday, the first day of the president's two-day visit to Japan.

Putin Calls For 'draw' In Japan Peace Treaty Talks

Putin calls for 'draw' in Japan peace treaty talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that he wants his country and Japan to pursue a mutually acceptable solution in peace treaty negotiations.

Putin held an annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow on Thursday. He fielded questions from Russian and foreign media for more than four hours.

Motegi, Lavrov To Hold Talks In Moscow

Motegi, Lavrov to hold talks in Moscow

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov will hold talks in Moscow on Thursday. They are expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including security, economic cooperation and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Lavrov is likely to express Russia's concern over a plan to deploy a US-made missile defense system in Japan. He is expected to cite the increasingly serious security environment surrounding Russia since the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, expired in August.

Kajiyama: Tokyo, Seoul Agree To Continue Talks

Kajiyama: Tokyo, Seoul agree to continue talks

Japanese trade minister Hiroshi Kajiyama says Japan and South Korea have agreed to continue policy dialogue to resolve their bilateral trade dispute.

Kajiyama spoke to reporters after bureau chief-level officials discussed export controls for about 10 hours on Monday in Tokyo. It was the first time in three-and-a-half years that policy dialogue of this kind was held.