Vehicle For Imperial Parade Unveiled

Vehicle for Imperial parade unveiled

The media has been invited to see an open-top car that will carry Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in a procession in Tokyo later this month to celebrate the Emperor's enthronement.

The car, which was delivered to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo last month, is based on Toyota Motor's Century sedan. It is more than 5 meters long and almost 2 meters wide.

Facial Recognition System For Tokyo 2020 Unveiled

Facial recognition system for Tokyo 2020 unveiled

US and Japanese technology companies have jointly unveiled a facial recognition system that will be used for security checks at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year.

US chip-making giant Intel and Japanese electronics maker NEC on Wednesday presented the Neo Face recognition equipment, which is about 1.5 meters high and 30 centimeters wide.

Updated 2020 Subaru Impreza Unveiled In Japan

Updated 2020 Subaru Impreza unveiled in Japan

Subaru quietly gave the sedan and hatchback variants of the Impreza a mid-cycle update in Japan. Both body styles now wear a sharper front-end design, and they receive additional tech features. The current, fifth-generation Impreza made its global debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The 2020 model introduced online in Japan stands out with a revised front fascia characterized by a wide air dam that stretches the entire width of the bumper, chrome-look L-shaped trim on either end of it, and a revised grille. The changes made to the rear fascia are largely limited to tweaked lights. All told, you need to be an eagle-eyed car-spotter to tell the face-lifted model apart from its predecessor. Buyers seeking a sportier Impreza will be disappointed, Subaru is still taking its time developing the next WRX, but those who want a more high-tech car that helps them drive will be thrilled. Every Japanese-spec Impreza regardless of trim level is now equipped with EyeSight Touring Assist, a suite of electronic driving aids that handles accelerating, braking and steering in a wide range of conditions. These features don't make the Impreza autonomous in any way, and the driver still needs to stay focused on the road ahead, but they help when driving becomes tedious. There are other, more minor upgrades on the menu. The door mirrors now tilt down when the driver selects reverse, for example, and Subaru added a front-view camera.  In Japan, the Impreza carries on with either a 1.6-liter flat-four rated at 115 horsepower, or a 2.0-liter flat-four with 154 horses on tap. The entry-level model is front-wheel drive, surprisingly, but all-wheel drive is standard on higher trims. Regardless, both engines shift through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that offers seven pre-programmed virtual gears. The Impreza lost its manual transmission in its home country years ago, though the company's American division continues to let buyers give a shift. Subaru hasn't announced plans to make similar changes to the American-spec model, but it's not too far-fetched to speculate we'll get an updated Impreza sooner rather than later. We might see the model break cover during the 2019 edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, and it could arrive in showrooms during the 2020 model year.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Unveiled

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals unveiled

Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have revealed the design for the medals that will be presented to the winners.

An unveiling ceremony was held in Tokyo on Wednesday, exactly one year before the opening of the Games.

Ticket Designs For Rugby World Cup Unveiled

Ticket designs for Rugby World Cup unveiled

The designs of tickets for the 2019 Rugby World Cup were unveiled in Tokyo on Monday, ahead of the tournament's kickoff in Japan in September.

Former national team skippers Takashi Kikutani and Toshiaki Hirose stood on stage beside giant replicas of the designs.

Square Enix's Avengers Game Will Be Unveiled On June 10th

Square Enix's Avengers Game Will Be Unveiled On June 10th


Avengers: Endgame is the biggest movie of the year. That was to be expected given the sheer hype surrounding the iteration after Avengers: Infinity War. Fans of the franchise have also been waiting for Square Enix’s Avengers game which was first confirmed by Marvel and the developer over two years ago. They will be delighted to find out that Square Enix will finally be unveiling its Avengers game on June 10th as part of its E3 press event.

It has been confirmed that Square Enix and Marvel will be unveiling the new Avengers game at the former’s E3 press event on June 10th. It will begin at 9 PM Eastern. Not much has been confirmed about the title at this point in time but it’s known that Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal have been part of the development process.

2019 Mazda Cx-5 Signature Awd Diesel Unveiled In New York

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD diesel unveiled in New York

It seems like we've been waiting forever, but the wait is finally over. Mazda has finally launched a diesel version of the CX-5 for the U.S. market, unveiled at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. Specifically, the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D turbo-diesel engine will be offered in the higher-end CX-5 Signature AWD, part of what Mazda calls its "path to premium," as the company continues to set its sights on some of the more expensive competition.

The Skyactiv-D 2.2 makes use of a sequential twin turbocharger that employs a smaller turbocharger first at low rpm for quick throttle response, after which a valve opens to spool up a larger turbocharger at higher rpm. Mazda says this provides "smooth and linear response from low to high engine speeds, and greatly increases low- and high-end torque." Mazda estimates the output of the engine to be 168 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 290 pound-feet of torque from a low 2,000 rpm. The engine has a rev limit of 5,500 rpm.

New Era Name To Be Unveiled Monday At 11:30

New era name to be unveiled Monday at 11:30

Japanese people now have a time for the unveiling of the name of the country's new era which will start when the new Emperor takes the throne on May 1. The Chief Cabinet Secretary just revealed the long-awaited announcement will be made at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

Yoshihide Suga says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will release a statement around noon.

Tokyo Paralympic Torch Unveiled

Tokyo Paralympic torch unveiled

The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games have unveiled the torch that will carry the Paralympic flame. Its motif is a cherry blossom, the same as for the Olympic torch, but the color is more pinkish, which the organizers characterize as "cherry blossom pink."

The organizing committee unveiled the torch on Monday, days after the Olympic torch was revealed.