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Nico Nico moves into Ikebukuro

Oct 24, 2014

Nico Nico moves into Ikebukuro

by Patrick ST. Michel

Since launching in 2006, online video-sharing service Nico Nico (originally Nico Nico Douga) has become one of Japan’s central hubs for aspiring artists and entertainers to share their talents with users across the country. They’ve fostered a millions-strong community capable of influencing mainstream Japanese ...

Respecting other cultures leads to success

| Oct 24, 2014

Respecting other cultures leads to success

ANA, Japan’s premiere airline and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) began a joint venture, ANA InterContinental, in 2006, becoming the largest international hotel operator in Japan. They now operate 32 hotels with over 9,000 rooms across four main brands — the five-star luxury InterContinental and ...

Haneda sees nation's first transit hotel

| Oct 24, 2014

Haneda sees nation's first transit hotel

If Japan is famous for its omotenashi (hospitality) around the world, a new service to further strengthen the message is now available at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, a gateway to Japan. Royal Park Hotel The Haneda, Tokyo opened this September to provide an option for ...

Anniversary plan offers a heavenly sleep

| Oct 24, 2014

Anniversary plan offers a heavenly sleep

The Westin Tokyo marked its 20th anniversary on the 14th of this month and, in celebration of this milestone year, the hotel is holding a-year-long anniversary fair and offering special events and offers throughout the hotel’s facilities, covering the restaurants, accommodations, spa and wedding ...

One-of-a-kind Pokémon Hotel Experience

| Oct 24, 2014

One-of-a-kind Pokémon Hotel Experience

For young “Pokémon Trainers” around the world, The Peninsula Tokyo is now the newest hunting field to test their skills. This month, the hotel launched a unique accommodation plan called the “Pokémon Hotel Adventure: The Power of Ten,” in collaboration with the Pokémon Company. ...

Renovating an iconic hotel

| Oct 24, 2014

Renovating an iconic hotel

One of Japan’s — if not the world’s — most iconic hotels, and a member of the select luxury hotel collection, The Leading Hotels of the World, the venerable Hotel Okura Tokyo will from September 2015 embark on a renovation of its main building ...

Love the wine you're with

| Oct 24, 2014

Love the wine you're with

Finding the perfect wine to complement a delicious meal at one of the excellent restaurants at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo hotel in Roppongi is much less of a daunting prospect since the hotel welcomed its newest sommelier, Manuel Rodrigues, earlier this year. Born in ...

Oct 24, 2014

China criticizes new U.S. missile defense radar in Kyoto

The United States is damaging stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning a missile defense radar in Japan, according to an official in Beijing. “Neighboring countries pushing forward the deployment of anti-missile systems in the Asia-Pacific and seeking unilateral security is not beneficial to ...

Oct 24, 2014

North Korea has list of Japanese residents: sources

North Korea has compiled a list of Japanese nationals who remained there after the end of World War II, and of the Japanese wives of pro-Pyongyang Korean residents of Japan who moved to the North under a 1959-1984 repatriation project, sources say. The Japanese ...

Oct 24, 2014

Bill would keep lay judges from handling lengthy trials

The Abe administration offered its backing on Friday for a bill that would keep lay judges from handling lengthy trials. The first-ever amendment to the law covering the lay judge system would leave such criminal trials solely to professional judges. The bill does not ...