Japan's health minister says the government will fast-track approval of the antiviral drug remdesivir as a possible treatment for the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Remdesivir is being developed abroad as a treatment for Ebola. It's now being clinically tested in several countries, including Japan, to see whether it's also effective against the coronavirus.
Kame to YamaP have unveiled the track list for their album "SI."
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the unit postponed the release of "SI" until further notice. The album will be available for purchase in three different versions: Complete Production Edition, Limited Edition, and Regular Edition. All versions will come with eight tracks including their lead track "Amor." In addition, the Regular Edition will include "Seishun Amigo (2020ver.)", which was the ending theme for the special edition of TV drama 'Nobuta wo Produce' that aired on April 18.
Kawasaki confirmed its upcoming entry into the blossoming electric motorcycle segment will offer a manual transmission. Called Endeavor, the model is being developed with track use in mind, so engagement is key.
The Japanese company is in the process of teasing the battery-powered model on its official YouTube channel. The latest installment in the 10-episode series shows a prototype bike whirring away on a race track as the rider uses the foot-operated lever to go through the gears. "The manual transmission not only allows a greater speed range, it also allows the rider to have greater input when operating the bike," the company said.
While the coronavirus has majorly disrupted practically every automaker and supplier in the world, some things are still going according to plan. During a roundtable discussion, Nissan representatives said that the 2020 Nissan Frontier with the new 3.8-liter engine is still on track to go on sale this spring. No adjustments have been made to the introduction of the next-generation 2021 Frontier either, which should be revealed by the end of the year. In fact, Nissan's representatives mentioned that next-generation Frontier prototypes are on their way to the U.S. for additional testing.
As has been mentioned previously, the big draw of the 2020 Nissan Frontier is that it gets the same 3.8-liter V6 and 9-speed automatic transmission as the redesigned 2021 truck. It's 93% different from the slightly larger displacement 4.0-liter engine of the old truck, and it's substantially more efficient and powerful. Despite the major changes, Nissan's powertrain expert who was leading the roundtable confirmed that it is still part of the VQ series of engines, which has been around since at least the Nissan 350Z, and a 3.7-liter version is used in the current 370Z. The powertrain expert also explained that the truck's increased efficiency is a result of multiple factors. In part, the engine is more efficient all around because of improved design, but it's also lighter than the old 4.0-liter engine.
Kame to YamaP, a unit comprised of Kamenashi Kazuya (KAT-TUN) and Yamashita Tomohisa, have revealed the PV for their song "Amor."
This is the lead track off of their first album "SI" to drop on April 29. In the beginning of the PV, the two walk on the beach at sunrise, making you reminisce the last scene of their starring drama. In addition to the beach scenes, there are scenes where they sing while being surrounded by foreigners.
Tokyo Jihen have revealed the track list for their new CD "News", which will drop on April 8.
The CD will contain five songs with one song composed by each member. As previously reported, "Erabarezaru Kokumin" was released digitally on New Year's Day, and "Eien no Fuzai Shomei" was been picked up as the theme song for the movie 'Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan' (premieres April 17).
Nishikido Ryo has revealed the jacket covers and track list for his first solo album "NOMAD" to drop on December 11.
All 11 songs on the album were written, composed, and produced by Nishikido himself. The album will be available for purchase in three different types: Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, and Regular Edition. Limited Edition A DVD will contain the PVs and making-of footage for "Nomad" and "Point of Departure," while Limited Edition B DVD will contain a documentary from his ongoing tour. Additionally, the Regular Edition will come with a bonus track called "Potential."
Vote counting is underway, and NHK's decision desk says the ruling coalition will comfortably maintain control of the Upper House. We are projecting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, will take more than half of the seats that are up for grabs this election.
The traditional celebrations are already underway for some LDP members.
As if the Supra needed any help garnering more attention: After first announcing the return of the historic sports car at the Super Bowl earlier this year, Toyota is launching a new advertising campaign for the 2020 GR Supra called "This Is Our Sport." Part of the multi-video offensive includes a clip that shows the Supra carving up a track and getting some air beneath its tires. On the 50th anniversary of NASA launching Apollo 11 to the moon, Toyota has released video of the Supra launching inches above the pavement. Sure, it's not quite as momentous, but it's pretty sweet any time we see footage of a performance vehicle running at 11/10ths. And the drifts. LOTS of drifts. Not surprising, considering it makes more horsepower than advertised. Officially, the 30-second video is called "Track Day," and it's the longest of the pack of advertisements. Others include six-second spots called "Joy" and "Face Off," which shows the old Supra meeting the new Supra in a design comparison of sorts. "Track Day" will appropriately air during motorsports events, but that's not the end of the story. Toyota will also be releasing a long-form video called "Game of Horsepower," which will use the Supra in a game of H.O.R.S.E. and will debut across the company's social media channels. Check out "Track Day" above.