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 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 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.
A train festival will be held from August 9 through August 17 at LaLaport Yokohama in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. The main display at the event will be a Shinkansen (bullet train) transforming robot called "Project E5".
Project E5 is made based on JR East's E5 series Shinkansen. It was exhibited to the public at the Tokyo Toy Show 2014, which took place in July, and became very popular.
Taiwanese ASUS is going to release a 10.1-inch Android tablet - ASUS Pad TF303CL - on August 2 in Japan. The price will be around ¥46,250.
ASUS Pad TF303CL is a SIM-free tablet so that users can use it with their choice of a carrier and plan.
It features WUXGA (1920x1200 dot) IPS LCD display, Intel Atom Z3745 processor, 16GB storage, microSD memory card reader, microHDMI output terminal, 5MP out-camera, and 1.2MP in-camera.
Final Fantasy Cafe
Square Enix and Pasela Resorts, which sets up and runs leisure facilities, jointly opened a Final Fantasy XIV concept cafe - Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe - in Akiharabara, Tokyo yesterday.
The Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe is a replica of the Carline Canopy tavern in the town of Gridania as it appeared in FFXIV.
China's past expiration date chicken issue has been making a lot of noise around the world, and it's well-known that McDonald's in Japan was getting chicken from the problematic Chinese company.
Because of that, recently, McDonald's in Japan has begun selling Tofu Nuggets. It uses a mix of minced Alaska pollack, tofu, carrot, and edamame. Teriyaki-style ginger sauce comes with it.