Jul 8, 2014

Odds fall on USJ casino ambition

by Eric Johnston

As Osaka moves forward with plans to build an integrated resort complex in the hope that the Diet will soon legalize casinos, the future role of the Universal Studios Japan theme park remains unclear. Management is in a long-running dispute with Osaka municipal officials ...

Kintetsu offers tour of Osaka by double-decker bus

Jul 2, 2014

Kintetsu offers tour of Osaka by double-decker bus

Kintetsu Bus Co. unveiled to the media on Wednesday a double-decker bus tour service of the city of Osaka that will start July 10. The tour, the first featuring a double-decker, will give visitors a convenient way to explore the city’s landmarks, including Japan’s ...

May 30, 2014

Unusual ways being developed to keep pests away

by Junji Yamaguchi

Hawks are among the unconventional methods being used in certain parts of Japan to drive away crows and other pests that spread garbage in residential areas or damage farmers’ crops. About a year ago, a building management company in Kobe that was long troubled ...

May 17, 2014

Why Kansai's corporate captains are trumpeting TPP

by Eric Johnston

Several years ago, at the Kansai Economic Seminar, an annual snoozefest of pompous platitudes and pretentious, paternalistic pontificating by the old men who run Kansai’s major corporations, one senior leader called for entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Reflecting the conventional wisdom on PowerPoint slides, ...