Apple Inc.'s much-anticipated upgrade to its latest mobile operating system iOS 6 has been available for less than a day and JRT is officially lost. And we're not the only ones. While Apple's Midas Touch with its software usually earns it accolades from Japan's Twitterati, the new maps are bringing groans.
That's because the latest software improvement means using the tech company's new Maps app. While Apple's Midas Touch with its software usually earns it accolades from Japan's Twitterati, the new maps are bringing groans.
With Thursday's operating system revamp - which comes with over 200 new features - Apple has evicted Google Maps as the default app on the iPhone and iPad in its effort to edge its competition off the mobile grid. (Google Japan does not show up as a search result on Apple's new service).
Searches in Japanese for different locations run into language problems. A train station in Tokyo's suburb of Akishima is incorrectly labeled "Pachinko Gundam," a strange mix of Japan's version of a slot machine and the famous anime series about a giant robot. And some geographic points in the coastal city of Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture were only offered in Korean. What Google Maps and everyone else calls Haneda Airport, one of Tokyo's two major airports, Apple's map applications calls it Daio Paper Corp 3880.TO -3.00%., Japan's leading tissue maker.
The number of people who committed suicide in Japan in 2012 was 27,858, dropping below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, the Cabinet Office said in a white paper on Tuesday. The figure was 2,800 fewer than in 2011. (Japan Today )
A collection of materials related to a 17th century mission sent by a Japanese feudal lord to Europe and the world's oldest autographic diary left 10 centuries ago by a Japanese regent have been selected for the UNESCO Memory of the World registry, the Japanese education ministry said Wednesday. (Global Post )
Almost 1,500 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke last week, up sharply from 942 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Among about 200,000 traffic signals nationwide, 16 percent are being used beyond the end of the expected lifetime of their electrical systems and some have even toppled over due to age, according to the National Police Agency. (Yomiuri )
In May, Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men's entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey), said that "Abenomics" had caused a spike in prices at high-end soapland bathhouses in Tokyo. However, the same editor tells Shukan Post (June 28) that the initiative is not impacting the low-end market in the same way. (Tokyo Reporter )