Studio Ghibli dissolves its production department

Toshio Suzuki, film producer of Studio Ghibli as well as a great friend of master Hayao Miyazaki appeared on Jyonetsu Tairiku (a weekly Japanese TV program that covers public figures) on August 3, and talked about the future of Studio Ghibli.

In a scene from their shareholder meeting, Producer Suzuki said "We will make a big change on the full spectrum of Studio Ghibli and we are planning to break down our production department."

Canon - EOS Kiss X7i Triple Zoom Kit out for purchase on August 21

Canon has announced the release of the EOS Kiss X7i Triple Zoom Kit. The price will be ¥143,800.

It comes with the DSLR EOS Kiss X7i camera, released in April 2013, and 3 different lenses (EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM, and EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM). With these 3 lenses, you are able to cover a 35mm equivalent focal range of 16-400mm.

Sony - Walkman meets visual-kei band the GazettE

Sony announced that today they have released a special Walkman model in collaboration with a Japanese visual-kei band, the GazettE, in a limited quantity.

The limited edition "the GazettE Model" is made based on Walkman's F series and S series. An original design is stamped on the backside, and original music video "LAST HEAVEN", photos, and wallpapers are pre-installed.

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week we're completely unsurprised to learn that the Japanese are getting better at being the longest-lived population on earth, and Japan's working to further trade, tech, and other bilateral cooperation with Vietnam, which, contrary to what the hard of thinking might assume, is awesome!

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Toyota Prius Persona out in USA in 2015

Toyota USA has announced that they are going to add the Persona to their new 2015 Prius model lineup. The price starts at $26,985.

Persona is one of the Toyota's Prius models that is customized for the American market. The first Persona model was released in the fall of 2012, and the new 2015 model will be the second in the line-up.

MSI - 11.6-inch convertible notebook PC

MSI Computer Japan has just released an 11.6-inch convertible notebook PC "MSI S20". It's only available at on of the major Japanese electronics stores, Yodobashi Camera, and sold for about 59,800 yen.

MSI S20 features an 11.6-inch 10-point multi-touch IPS full HD display, 1.7GHz Pentium 3558U CPU, Windows8.1 with Bing OS, 5GB memory, 12GB SSD and mini HDMI output terminal. By sliding and storing the keyboard part, you can convert it to a tablet style device.

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