Toyota's Car Subscription Service Rewards You For Safe Driving

Toyota's car subscription service rewards you for safe driving

Toyota has teamed up with Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company to launch a new car subscription service with gamification elements in Japan. The program is called Kinto, and it'll offer two tiers: the first, called Kinto One, will allow you to drive one Toyota vehicle over a three-year period for anywhere between $420 and $900 a month. When the tier becomes available on March 1st, you can choose from the available Prius, Corolla Sport, Alphard, Vellfire and Crown models. The other tier called Kinto Select will give you the power to drive one of the available Lexus-branded vehicles for $1,630 a month for three years.

Now, what truly makes Kinto potentially more interesting than other leasing services is a rewards program that awards points based on how well you drive. Toyota didn't really expound on how it will work, other than saying that it will "award points to customers based on their vehicle usage (such as for safe or ecological driving)." As TechCrunch notes, the assumption is that the vehicle's in-car connected system will come with the ability to monitor your driving. Best thing about it is that the points you earn aren't useless rewards you can't even use: you'll be able to apply them toward payments.

Apple Chutney Helps You Get Through Cold Winter In Niigata

Apple chutney helps you get through cold winter in Niigata

Gentle popping and sizzling sounds greet the ears in the 150-year-old traditional-style house, where visitors are enveloped by the warmth coming from a wood stove. The ceiling rises 10 meters high above the grand shiny-black pillars and beams.

Satoyama Jujo is a hot-spring hotel that opened in 2014 in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, a renowned production area of rice. The hotel, which also welcomes a constant stream of foreign guests, has a restaurant called Sanaburi, whose popular dishes feature vegetables and edible wild plants.

Yoshida You Denies Rumors That She's Studying Abroad Next Year

Yoshida You denies rumors that she's studying abroad next year

On December 18, actress Yoshida You updated her Instagram account denying reports that she will be putting her acting career on hold while studying abroad in England.

Yoshida You wrote in hashtags, "Yoshida You is studying abroad?" "Lies are reported as truths," "How scary," "Who are those people in the film industry?" "I will do my best in Japan next year.

Details On Ske48's New Single 'stand By You' Revealed

Details on SKE48's new single 'Stand by you' revealed

The details on SKE48's new single "Stand by you" (December 12 release) have been revealed. 

This single is said to be Matsui Jurina's comeback single after going on a two-month break due to her poor health. She will serve as the center with hopes to kick off the group's 11th anniversary year with a bang. The single will be released in Limited Editions A ~ D, Regular Editions A ~ D, and a Theater Edition.