Empress Masako Turns 56

Empress Masako turns 56

Japan's Empress Masako has expressed appreciation on her 56th birthday for the people's warmth in celebrating Emperor Naruhito's enthronement earlier this year.

The Imperial Household Agency released a written statement by the Empress on Monday.

Empress Emerita Michiko Turns 85

Empress Emerita Michiko turns 85

Empress Emerita Michiko turns 85 on Sunday.

It's her first birthday since she became Empress Emerita following the abdication of Emperor Emeritus Akihito at the end of April.

Tapah Turns To Depression, Rough Weather Remains

Tapah turns to depression, rough weather remains

Severe tropical storm Tapah, which battered Okinawa and some parts of southwestern Japan, has turned to a low pressure system. It is still bringing strong winds and heavy rain to wide areas of Japan.

The Meteorological Agency says Tapah became a depression over the Sea of Japan, off the coast of Ishikawa Prefecture at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Police: Truck Driver Struggled To Make Turns

Police: Truck driver struggled to make turns

Investigators say the driver of a truck involved in a deadly collision with a train in Yokohama struggled to make a right turn before it entered a rail crossing from a narrow road parallel to the tracks.

The truck driver died and 33 people were injured when the express train crashed into the truck near Kanagawa-shinmachi Station on the Keikyu Line on Thursday.

2020 Toyota Corolla Turns To The Dark Side With Nightshade Edition

2020 Toyota Corolla turns to the dark side with Nightshade Edition

The terminator — the line that separates night from day on Earth — has been creeping over Toyota's lineup in the form of Nightshade editions. The 4Runner, Camry, Highlander and Sienna already have their darker alter egos, and now the Corolla sedan and hatchback enter the darkness for the 2020 model year. Both Corolla Nightshade versions are based on the SE grade with the CVT and get black-out badging, grilles, mirror caps, window trim, rocker panels, door handles, spoilers, shark-fin antennas, diffuser inserts, and 18-inch wheels. The hatchback adds a black inner headlight frame in front and a black lower spoiler in back. Buyers are able to option the package on the sedan in Super White, Classic Silver Metallic, and Black Sand Pearl. On the hatchback, instead of Black Sand Pearl, the third color is Midnight Black Metallic. The Nightshade sedan lists for $22,750 before a $945 destination charge, for a total of $23,705 after destination, $700 more than the standard SE trim. The Nightshade hatch runs $23,245 after destination, which is $900 more than the hatchback SE. The five-door Corolla tweaks its equipment mix for next year, too. If the Nightshade doesn't do enough to get a buyer's Batman on, Toyota has put a black roof on the options menu. It can be ordered with four body colors, one of which overlaps with the black-out package: Blizzard Pearl, Blue Flame, Classic Silver Metallic, Oxide Bronze and Smoked Paprika. A new feature only for the SE hatchback expands cargo space by omitting the spare tire. A lower load floor frees up six more cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, taking cargo volume to just about 24 cubic feet. Compatible with the SE in either CVT or six-speed manual guise, a tire repair kit replaces the extra rubber. On the SE and XSE grades, the Sirius XM All Access trial goes from being a cost option to a standard feature, and the entire hatch lineup adds Android Auto compatibility as standard, joining the already available CarPlay.

Tokyo's Popular Panda Xiang Xiang Turns Two

Tokyo's popular panda Xiang Xiang turns two

Many visitors celebrated the second birthday of Xiang Xiang, a popular giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, on Wednesday.

People formed long lines in front of the panda facility to see the female cub. Some had to wait as long as three hours.

Nra Turns Down Power Companies Requests

NRA turns down power companies requests

Japan's nuclear regulators have turned down requests by power companies to extend the timeframes for installing anti-terror facilities at their nuclear power plants.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday decided to order, in principle, the suspension of operations at the plants if the deadlines for building standby control rooms are not met.

Crown Prince Naruhito Turns 59

Crown Prince Naruhito turns 59

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito marks his 59th birthday on Saturday. He will ascend to the throne on May 1st, one day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates.

The Crown Prince held a news conference ahead of his birthday at his residence in central Tokyo. He said that he feels solemnity when thinking of the path he will soon be embarking upon, but said he will continue to improve himself with the deeds of previous Emperors in mind.

Emperor Akihito Turns 85

Emperor Akihito turns 85

Japan's Emperor Akihito turned 85 on Sunday.

Before his birthday, he spoke to reporters. As he is scheduled to abdicate next year, this was his last news conference as the Emperor.

Giant Panda In Tokyo Turns 1 Year Old

Giant panda in Tokyo turns 1 year old

Visitors to Tokyo's Ueno Zoo have celebrated the first birthday of a giant panda cub named Xiang Xiang.

About 4,000 people gathered in front of the zoo's gate on Tuesday morning before opening time.