Tag: Japan

Japan to Compensate Forcibly Sterilized Patients, Decades After the Fact

TOKYO — More than 20 years after it repealed a eugenics law, Japan has agreed to compensate victims of a decades-long government program under which thousands of people were forcibly sterilized because of intellectual disabilities, mental illness or genetic disorders. Under a bill passed by Japan’s Parliament on Wednesday, the government will offer 3.2 million […]

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Someone Illegally Drove a Real-Life Mario Kart over Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge

This article originally appeared on VICE ASIA. There’s this thing you can do in Tokyo where you basically rent a go-kart, don a Mario onesie, and drive around the streets of the city on a cosplay-style sightseeing tour. For tourists, the activity is peddled as a “Once in a lifetime experience;” but for local authorities, […]

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Japan Has a New Emperor. Now It Needs a Software Update.

TOKYO — Lost data. Emails that disappear into the ether. Servers that never connect. All thanks to the ascension of a new emperor to the Chrysanthemum Throne. Japan is scrambling to update software, revise forms and print new calendars before May 1, when the world’s third-largest economy begins a new imperial era. For most of […]

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Nissan-Renault Relationship Has Not Improved, Despite Assurances to the Contrary

<img data-attachment-id="1665312" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-buddies-e1555958488287.jpeg" data-orig-size="710,454" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="renault-nissan-mitsubishi buddies" data-image-description=" nissan ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-buddies-e1555958488287-450×288.jpeg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-buddies-e1555958488287-610×390.jpeg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1665312″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-buddies-e1555958488287-610×390.jpeg” alt width=”610″ height=”390″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-buddies-e1555958488287-610×390.jpeg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-buddies-e1555958488287-75×48.jpeg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-buddies-e1555958488287-450×288.jpeg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-buddies-e1555958488287-120×77.jpeg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-buddies-e1555958488287.jpeg 710w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> If Nissan and Renault were a living, breathing couple, they’d be the duo all of your other friends whisper about. […]

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These Otters Are Popular Pets in Asia. That May Be Their Undoing.

TOKYO — We smelled them before we saw them. Amid an overwhelming reek of urine and scat, we descended a tight staircase into a cramped basement, where tattered ottomans faced a small wire cage. Within the cage stood the star attractions and source of the odor: four Asian small-clawed otters. Spotting us, the animals burst […]

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U.S. to Clamp Down on Iranian Oil Sales, Risking Rise in Gasoline Prices

NEW ORLEANS — The Trump administration is poised to end a program that has allowed five large nations, including China and India, to buy Iranian oil despite American sanctions, two senior American officials said on Sunday, a decision that is intended to squeeze Tehran’s government but could lead to higher oil and gasoline prices. The […]

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Finding the Beauty in Cultural Appropriation

“What beautiful cultural appropriation!” I turned in my seat to look at the fashion editor nodding in approval next to me at Lagos Fashion Week. By that point, I had seen fashion shows in nearly a dozen countries, and I was used to hearing the term “cultural appropriation” whispered around a runway. In Japan I […]

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Nissan Supports Notre Dame Restoration, Ditto for Relationship With Renault

<img data-attachment-id="1670912" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_387176845.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,667" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Notre Dame" data-image-description=" maziarz/shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_387176845-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_387176845-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1670912″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_387176845-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_387176845-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_387176845-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_387176845-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_387176845-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_387176845-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_387176845.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Nissan Motor Co. has pledged a donation of 100,000 euros ($112,000) for the restoration of the fire-kissed Notre […]

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A Japanese College Professor Allegedly Taught Students How to Make Ecstasy

This article originally appeared on VICE Asia. A Japanese college professor could face up to ten years in prison for allegedly teaching students how to manufacture MDMA. Sixty-one-year-old Tatsunori Iwamura, a professor at Matsuyama University’s College of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Ehime prefecture, admitted to showing his class how to make ecstasy despite the fact he […]

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Nissan and Renault Are Rid of Carlos Ghosn. Now, Can They Save Their Partnership?

TOKYO — It was a simple plan. Renault and Nissan, two partners in a vast auto-making alliance, would pool their resources to build a new low-cost car in, and for, emerging markets. Each company, working from a factory near Chennai, India, would add its own branding and finishes, but the platform — the vehicles’ bones […]

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Rare Rides: Patrol the Desert in This 1989 Nissan Safari

<img data-attachment-id="1667804" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9.jpg" data-orig-size="1280,853" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1989 Nissan Safari" data-image-description=" https://www.ebay.com/itm/1989-Nissan-Safari-4WD-DIesel-Limited-Slip-Diff-/113701916311?oid=113664934284 ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667804 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9.jpg 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>The Patrol has forever been Nissan’s answer to the Toyota Land Cruiser, as both brands compete for rough […]

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In Search for Leverage, Trump May Be Undercutting His Own Trade Deals

WASHINGTON — President Trump is embracing a new tactic as he tries to rewrite the rules of global trade: Don’t believe a final deal is truly final. Mr. Trump, who has called deal-making his “art form,” has used his unpredictability as a source of leverage in discussions with Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and elsewhere. He […]

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Removing Fuel Rods, Japan Hits Milestone in Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup

The operator of Japan’s ruined Fukushima nuclear power plant began removing radioactive fuel rods on Monday at one of three reactors that melted down after an earthquake and a tsunami in 2011, a major milestone in the long-delayed cleanup effort. Thousands of former residents have been barred from the area around the plant for years […]

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U.S. Navy Sailor and Japanese Woman Are Found Dead in Okinawa

TOKYO — A United States Navy sailor and a Japanese woman have been found dead on the Japanese island of Okinawa in what the police are investigating as a murder-suicide. The Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the sailor appeared to have fatally stabbed the woman and then killed himself with the same […]

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Rare Rides: The Paseo-adjacent 1991 Toyota Sera

<img data-attachment-id="1667792" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/12869261-1991-toyota-sera-srcset-xl-e1554918431727.jpg" data-orig-size="618,460" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1991 Toyota Sera" data-image-description=" https://www.duncanimports.com/used/Toyota/1991-Toyota-Sera-8eff81900a0e08bb4ed3428128aa110d.htm ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/12869261-1991-toyota-sera-srcset-xl-e1554918431727-450×335.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/12869261-1991-toyota-sera-srcset-xl-e1554918431727-610×454.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667792 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/12869261-1991-toyota-sera-srcset-xl-e1554918431727-610×454.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”454″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/12869261-1991-toyota-sera-srcset-xl-e1554918431727-610×454.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/12869261-1991-toyota-sera-srcset-xl-e1554918431727-75×56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/12869261-1991-toyota-sera-srcset-xl-e1554918431727-450×335.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/12869261-1991-toyota-sera-srcset-xl-e1554918431727-120×89.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/12869261-1991-toyota-sera-srcset-xl-e1554918431727.jpg 618w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Only one car combines cheap and cheerful motoring with economical driving and butterfly doors. Fittingly, its Tercel and Paseo siblings […]

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Art Review: Three Radical 1960s Visions, Far From the Tumult of Tokyo

When the going gets rough — when the students start throwing paving stones and the mounted police swing their truncheons — sometimes what you need is some time in the country. In the years around 1968, American artists aghast at the Vietnam War raised their voices in New York and Los Angeles, but also set […]

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Japan allocates 5G spectrum to carriers, blocks Huawei and ZTE gear

(Reuters) — Japan’s telcos were formally allocated 5G spectrum by regulators on Wednesday, a major milestone ahead of the launch of high-speed wireless services next spring. The three big carriers — NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank — along with new entrant Rakuten, received spectrum from the telecoms ministry. The technology, which can provide data speeds […]

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Carlos Ghosn Releases Video Message From Prison

<img data-attachment-id="1669106" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ghosn-from-jail-e1554834102310.png" data-orig-size="1120,662" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="ghosn from jail" data-image-description=" ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ghosn-from-jail-e1554834102310-450×266.png” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ghosn-from-jail-e1554834102310-610×361.png” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1669106″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ghosn-from-jail-e1554834102310-610×361.png” alt width=”610″ height=”361″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ghosn-from-jail-e1554834102310-610×361.png 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ghosn-from-jail-e1554834102310-75×44.png 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ghosn-from-jail-e1554834102310-450×266.png 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ghosn-from-jail-e1554834102310-768×454.png 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ghosn-from-jail-e1554834102310-120×71.png 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ghosn-from-jail-e1554834102310.png 1120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Out on bail and awaiting trial, former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan last week for the […]

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Fluffy Japanese Soufflé Pancakes Have American Fans Waiting in Line

The Japanese soufflé pancake seems to defy pastry physics: An airy vanilla batter is cooked in a pan, which leaves it lightly toasted on each side and cloudlike in the center. As wobbly as fresh silken tofu and served in tall stacks, each cake manages to maintain its structure, even after it’s dressed with toppings […]

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