The spread of ultracompact cars with one or two seats is gaining momentum.
The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry plans to allow them to run on public roads in some municipalities as early as this autumn, and small and midsize automakers, as well as major companies, have started developing this kind of car.
However, an important challenge remains--how to ensure drivers' safety in such a small vehicle.
Kobot Co., a Fukuoka-based subsidiary of midsize trading company Kowa Co. in Nagoya, is developing a two-seat ultracompact electric car it plans to market to municipal governments next spring.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)