Nexus 7 LTE hits Japan mid September, US release date incoming
When Google announced that their impressive new Nexus 7 tablet would come in a 4G LTE model with 32GB of storage for only $349 many were excited, and have been desperately waiting for a release date. Currently a WiFi only model is available, but now we're hearing the LTE flavored slate will hit China in a few weeks, slated to arrive in mid September.

Today Google announced the LTE Nexus 7 would come to China, and they gave a mid September time frame according to the Blog of Mobile, a popular Chinese site. The 7-inch full HD slate is impressive, and all I want is a Verizon model to be in my hands already.

The tablet has been available all month long, but since being announced back at the tail end of July when Google claimed an LTE version would be "coming soon" we haven't heard a word regarding the LTE flavor. If Google's planning to release a LTE-equipped model in China in mid September, we should be hearing a US release date any day now.

Jan 27
The last surviving hagatsuo striped bonito kept in a tank at Tokyo Sea Life Park in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, has died, the aquarium said Monday. (The Japan News)
Jan 27
Japanese communications giant NTT has been appointed by Tokyo Olympic organizers as the first domestic sponsor for the 2020 event. (NHK)
Jan 26
A top Japanese government spokesman says the online image and voice of Japanese captive Kenji Goto are likely authentic. (NHK)
Jan 26
Social media users around the world have deluged a special Facebook page calling for the safety of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, who is being held captive by the Islamic State extremist group, with selfies proclaiming "I AM KENJI." (Asahi)
Jan 26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday the arrest of a former organized crime member for the sale of stimulant drugs to musician Aska two years ago, reports Nippon News Network (Jan. 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 27
Crown Prince Naruhito met Saudi Arabia's new King Salman in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Sunday and expressed his condolences over the death of King Abdullah, who passed away on Friday. (The Japan News)
Jan 27
A fire drill was conducted at Horyuji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, on Monday, which was Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day. About 100 personnel participated, including temple priests and local firemen. (The Japan News)
Jan 26
Two children were killed after the car they were riding in with their mother was hit by a train at a railway crossing in Aomori City. (Japan Today)
Jan 26
The Islamic State beheaded one of the two Japanese citizens it has been holding, but signaled a potential willingness to negotiate over the fate of the other one - offering a tiny sliver of hope to a Japan reeling from shock and grief. (foreignpolicy.com)
Jan 26
A 26-year-old Osaka policeman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murdering his 23-year-old girlfriend. (Japan Today)
Jan 26
Police in Sukumo, Kochi Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 95-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 88-year-old wife by hitting her with a cane. (Japan Today)
Jan 25
Police in Chiba said Saturday they have arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of poking a needle into bread at a convenience store on Jan 14. (Japan Today)
Jan 24
Police in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of killing his 73-year-old grandfather with whom he lived. (Japan Today)
Jan 24
The Public Security Examination Commission decided Friday to extend the surveillance period for two groups deriving from the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult for three more years. (Jiji Press)
Jan 24
A former senior Aum Supreme Truth cult member on death row testified about how the cult's leader ordered his followers to commit a series of deadly crimes, at the trial of a fellow former member at the Tokyo District Court on Friday. (The Japan News)