Toyota Motor has unveiled an electric vehicle that will be leased out to local governments and companies.
The car, called the "eQ," is based on a regular compact model. It will go on sale in December priced at 46,000 dollars.
The eQ can run for 100 kilometers on a single battery charge. The distance is shorter than the average cruise range of electric cars made by other Japanese makers.
Toyota says compact electric cars are useful for traveling short distances, although the company considers plug-in hybrids the pillar of future eco-friendly cars.
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)