Apr 10, 2014

Chagrined Seibu cuts IPO value 73%

Seibu Holdings Inc., owner of Japan’s biggest hotel chain, reduced the size of its initial public offering by at least 73 percent with its largest shareholder opting out after investors balked at the valuation. Seibu is seeking as much as ¥50.1 billion ($491 million) ...

Hilton extends soap recycling to Japan

Mar 18, 2014

Hilton extends soap recycling to Japan

Hilton Worldwide has extended to Japan its key corporate social responsibility program to recycle leftover soap for reuse in developing Asian countries, the hotel chain operator said Tuesday. All 10 hotels in Japan have joined Hilton’s global initiative, alongside 700 fellow hotels worldwide, to ...

Ritz-Carlton hotel opens in Kyoto

Feb 7, 2014

Ritz-Carlton hotel opens in Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto opened Friday as the luxury hotel chain’s fourth branch in Japan, following those in Osaka, Tokyo and Okinawa. The hotel mainly targets wealthy travelers from abroad, charging between ¥65,000 and ¥1 million per room. The hotel has four floors above ground ...

Revamped inns target foreign guests

Jan 21, 2014

Revamped inns target foreign guests

by Junji Yamaguchi

Amid the latest tourism boom and in preparation for intensifying competition for guests ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, major hotels in downtown Tokyo have set out to win the hearts of foreign visitors with massive renovations infused with Japanese aesthetics while also upgrading ...

China razes inn once hailed as symbol of change

Jan 9, 2014

China razes inn once hailed as symbol of change

When they introduced market reforms that would shake the world, China’s rulers celebrated a tiny privately owned Beijing hotel that had survived decades of state planning as an example to the nation. Now, in a twist of fate, the Tianyi Inn has been demolished, ...

Chinese tycoon, French vintner missing in crash

Dec 22, 2013

Chinese tycoon, French vintner missing in crash

French police were searching Sunday for a Chinese billionaire and a French vintner who were missing and believed dead after their helicopter crashed into a river in southwest France. There was little hope of finding alive Lam Kok, a 46-year-old Chinese tea-and-property tycoon, winemaker ...

Dec 21, 2013

Chinese firm buys historic French chateau, vineyard

A Chinese group specializing in rare teas and luxury hotels has bought a historic chateau and vineyard near Bordeaux with the aim of turning it into a high-class tea- and wine-tasting center. The Hong Kong-based Brilliant group, whose interests range from Pu’er — a ...

Dec 20, 2013

Hotel operators rapped over misleading menus

The Consumer Affairs Agency has reprimanded Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co. and two other companies for breaking the law on preventing misleading presentation by “falsely labeling” food on their menus. The agency on Thursday urged the three Osaka-based firms to come up with preventive measures. ...

Nov 21, 2013

Japan mulls legal crackdown on food fraud

The government will propose legal revisions early next year to address the food misrepresentations on hotel and restaurant menus that have made headlines of late, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday. The legal change is needed at the next ordinary Diet session, which ...

| Nov 16, 2013

Think caviar but brace for caveat

by Eric Johnston

In one of the most memorable scenes of the late, and sorely missed, Juzo Itami’s classic 1985 film “Tampopo” (“Dandelion”), Japanese businessmen enter a French restaurant. Confused by the exotic items on the menu, the elderly members of the party stick to what they ...