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Phone-charging stations set for Tokyo tourist spots

Jul 23, 2015

Phone-charging stations set for Tokyo tourist spots

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Running out of battery power on your smartphone in Tokyo? Don’t panic, soon you will be able to access a number of free recharging stations at popular sightseeing spots across the metropolis. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced this week that the first solar-powered battery ...

'Star Wars' playing at a paddy near you

Jul 23, 2015

'Star Wars' playing at a paddy near you

“Star Wars” heroes have emerged on rice paddies in the village of Inakadate, Aomori Prefecture, to attract tourists through the summer. Popular characters of the film series, of which the latest version is scheduled to be released in December, have been created as two-dimensional ...

Jul 23, 2015

January-June visitors from abroad rise to record 9.14 million

A record 9.14 million foreigners are estimated to have visited Japan from January to June this year, a 46 percent increase from the same period in 2014, as the country continued to attract tourists from China, Taiwan and elsewhere, government data showed Wednesday. The ...

Jul 22, 2015

Japanese forgotten in Philippines ask Abe for nationality

The government was asked Wednesday to grant nationality to Japanese people who lost the legal designation after being left in the Philippines after World War II, as well as to their offspring. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received the request at a meeting with a ...

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

Jul 22, 2015

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

A commercial drone being test-flown at the Defense Ministry’s premises in central Tokyo went missing amid strong winds Wednesday but was apparently found and recovered hours later, the ministry said. The drone disappeared when members of the Self-Defense Forces and others were testing it ...

Jul 22, 2015

Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe demands transparency in stadium budget rethink

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe demanded Wednesday that the central government immediately disclose necessary information as it looks to start from scratch on the new National Stadium project. Masuzoe issued the demand during talks with Toshiaki Endo, minister for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic ...