Keikyu using new app for foreign visitors

Jul 16, 2014

Keikyu using new app for foreign visitors

Keikyu Corp., a major private railway serving the Tokyo area, began trial operations Wednesday for a service in which staff members use tablet computers to translate information for customers in 27 languages. Employees at the Keikyu Line’s stations in Shinagawa and Haneda Airport International ...

Jul 16, 2014

Industry internships a hit with teachers

A record number of school teachers will participate in a summer internship program offered by businesses, highlighting educators’ growing interest in gaining experience outside the classroom, according to figures released on Tuesday. The number of teachers from elementary, junior high and senior high schools ...

Jul 15, 2014

Backlog of orders, savvy marketing stave off carmaker crisis

A backlog of orders as well as concerted marketing efforts by carmakers have minimized the impact from April’s consumption tax hike on sales between April and June — but there are still concerns about sales volume after July, the chairman of the nation’s automaker ...

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

Jul 11, 2014

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

Some 80 Tohoku teenagers in an OECD-supported educational project will hold a cultural festival in Paris in August to express gratitude to those who supported the region’s recovery, student representatives said Friday. At an education ministry press conference in Tokyo, three students who outlined ...

National Stadium canopy has design flaw, architect says

Jul 8, 2014

National Stadium canopy has design flaw, architect says

The planned replacement for Tokyo’s National Stadium — already under fire for its massive size and cost — is now facing further criticism: safety. The current design has a major flaw in its retractable canopy, says Tokyo architect Takashi Moriyama, a consultant on public ...

Jul 8, 2014

TV news should have English subtitles, panel says

Japanese TV broadcasters should introduce English subtitles in news programs by 2020 in light of an expected increase in the number of foreign visitors ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, according to an expert panel at the communications ministry.