The Japanese government will subsidize purchases of ultra-compact cars to help elderly people in rural areas where there's little other transport.
Buyers eligible for the plan include local governments and private businesses. The transport ministry will pay half the purchase price of the ultra-compact vehicles. The scheme will cover 3,000 cars over 3 years, starting next April.
Several manufacturers are developing the small cars, which will sell for between 6,000 and 12,000 dollars and can carry up to 2 passengers.
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)