Mainichi Shimbun To Celebrate 1,000 Days Until Tokyo Games With Flags, Photos

Mainichi Shimbun to celebrate 1,000 days until Tokyo Games with flags, photos

To mark 1,000 days to the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games on Oct. 28, the Mainichi Newspapers will be hosting a series of events to promote the global extravaganza.

The first event will see the front of the Palaceside Building in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward that houses the paper's Tokyo Head Office covered in the flags of the 206 countries and regions which belong to the International Olympic Committee to highlight the Games, a festival for peace.

Three-way Lower House Election Battle Heats Up In Heart Of Tokyo

Three-way lower house election battle heats up in heart of Tokyo

Around 70 percent of single-seat constituencies in the approaching House of Representatives election are seeing a three-way battle between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition, its new conservative rival led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and a party opposing change in Japan's war-renouncing Constitution, according to a Kyodo News tally.

The No. 2 district in central Tokyo straddles four wards including Chuo and Minato and is just one of the areas likely to see a close race between the three parties in the Oct. 22 poll.

All The Debuts To Expect At The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

All the Debuts to Expect at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

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The upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show will be host to a lot of unique vehicle debuts. Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and other Japanese automakers are set to show up with an arsenal of eye-popping designs that will definitely get everyone talking.

Mitsubishi Electric Unveils Emirai 4 Autonomous Ev Concept For Tokyo

Mitsubishi Electric unveils Emirai 4 autonomous EV concept for Tokyo

Mitsubishi Electric – a separate arm from Mitsubishi Motors ­– specializes in electronics. That includes things like air conditioning and refrigerators, but also covers a number of automotive systems and parts ranging from engine control units to power steering to electrification products. Now, Mitsubishi Electric is putting that expertise to use in the field of future mobility, unveiling an entire concept car, called the Emirai 4, for the Tokyo Motor Show.

The Emirai 4 is electric, and can switch between normal and autonomous driving. It has a head-up display that uses augmented reality, powered by high-accuracy 3D mapping and positioning tech, to emphasize lane markings, making them more visible at night or in lousy weather. A central display is equipped with a sliding knob that can be assigned various functions, and is intended to help the driver keep their eyes on the road.

Panasonic Center In Tokyo: From Concept To Deployment

Panasonic Center In Tokyo: From Concept To Deployment

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While attending CEATEC 2017 in Tokyo, I stopped by the Panasonic Center (Tokyo) where the company has 15k square meters (~162k square feet) of demo space and offices. I had been there some years ago and wanted to check the latest demos and concepts that Panasonic is working on. There is a lot going on there, but five items have caught my attention, here they are:

Prosthetic Limbs For Rent In Tokyo, 1st Such Service In Japan

Prosthetic limbs for rent in Tokyo, 1st such service in Japan

Amputees who are aspiring athletes can now try out prosthetic limbs for a small fee at a shop that opened in Tokyo on Oct. 15 to offer the first such service of its kind in Japan.

Gisoku no Toshokan (Library of artificial limbs) in the Toyosu district of Koto Ward offers 24 types of prosthetic limbs.

Man Arrested For Employing Underage Girl In Dating Service In Tokyo

Man arrested for employing underage girl in dating service in Tokyo

A man has been arrested for hiring a female senior high school student to work for a dating service which saw her allegedly provide sexual services to a 45-year-old male customer, police said Monday.

The arrest was the first of its kind in Japan under an ordinance that came into force in Tokyo in July making it illegal for girls under the age of 18 to work in a so-called "JK" services.

Daihatsu Is Bringing All Sorts Of Funky New Concepts To Tokyo

Daihatsu is Bringing All Sorts of Funky New Concepts to Tokyo

Japanese automaker Daihatsu is going all-out for its home auto show later this month, with plans to show off a full lineup of all-new and updated concept cars.

Daihatsu has released images and some info on its Tokyo Motor Show concepts prior to their official unveiling in Japan. In our opinion, the most interesting of these design studies is the Compagno. Inspired by the original Daihatsu Campagno of the 1960s, the concept is a cheeky modern-day take on a classic. Daihatsu envisions it being powered by either a 1.0-liter gasoline engine or a 1.2-liter engine with a hybrid system.

Tokyo Station--dutch Side Gets A Facelift, And Unusual Ramen

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: TOKYO STATION--Dutch side gets a facelift, and unusual ramen

When I first encountered the kanji "yae," I couldn't fathom what "eight heavies" could mean. Then it dawned on me that it means eightfold, like the cherry blossom. How poetic!

Oh, and my favorite karaoke song, "Midare Gami" by Hibari Misora, uses the kanji in a touching, heartfelt way: "In the spring my obi goes around my body twice, but in the autumn thrice." No metabolic syndrome here.

Mazda Concept Probably Previews The Next Mazda3 At The Tokyo Show

Mazda concept probably previews the next Mazda3 at the Tokyo show

This year's Tokyo Motor Show is shaping up to be an interesting one, with a Nismo Leaf, Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept, and a pair of interesting Toyota concepts already lined up. Now Mazda is joining with its own big reveal of two concepts. One is a design concept that will give us an idea of where the company is heading, and another is all but guaranteed to be our first look at the new Mazda3.

There are a few reasons we say that one of these concepts has to be the next Mazda3. One is the fact that Mazda says it's a concept planned for production. The company also describes it as "a compact hatchback that fuses next-generation technology and design," and it uses the new Skyactiv-X spark-controlled compression ignition engine and "Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture." Plus, just looking at the teasers, the design is a clear evolution of the current Mazda3 hatchback. It looks as though the hood and roofline curve a bit more, and some of the sharp creases of the current car have been smoothed out.

Escaped Dog Closes Runway, Disrupts Flights At Tokyo Airport

Escaped dog closes runway, disrupts flights at Tokyo airport

A dog checked as cargo by a passenger on a Japan Airlines flight from Tokyo's Haneda airport Monday morning escaped before being loaded onto the plane, causing a runway to be shut temporarily and disrupting a total of 14 flights.

The large poodle had been placed in a special basket but when JAL staff tried to load it onto the flight bound for Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, it escaped and ran off towards the runways at around 8:50 a.m., according to the transport ministry.

Tokyo Olympics Triathlon Site With E. Coli At 21 Times Over Safety Limit

Tokyo Olympics triathlon site with E. coli at 21 times over safety limit

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A recent water quality survey at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics triathlon venue found E. coli bacteria at concentrations up to 21 times the level permitted by the sport's governing body, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the events' organizing committee said Wednesday.

The metropolitan officials attributed the excessive reading to a record rainfall in the Japanese capital in August -- 21 consecutive days of rain -- as precipitation exceeding the processing capacity of sewage facilities can cause sewage water diluted by rain to be discharged into the ocean.

2017 Tokyo Motor Show: What To Expect

2017 Tokyo motor show: What to expect

The 2017 Tokyo motor show is almost upon us, with Japan’s big show having slumbered since this time two years ago.

The 2015 Tokyo motor show gave us the tiny Toyota S-FR concept, Nissan’s Leaf-previewing IDS show car, the Subaru Impreza concept (now in production) and Viziv Future concept, Daihatsu’s quirky Nori Ori and Tempo concepts, and a host of others. Browse our 2015 Tokyo motor show page for more.