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Feb 19, 2015

JR pitches new Kanazawa bullet train service in New York

Japanese officials pitched the latest bullet train service, due to link Tokyo with the popular destination of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, starting next month, at a tourism promotion event Wednesday in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. East Japan Railway Co. gave a video presentation of ...

Feb 18, 2015

Japan saw record 1.22 million foreign visitors in January

The estimated number of foreign passengers arriving in Japan soared 29.1 percent in January from a year earlier to 1,218,400, hitting a record high for the month, government data showed on Wednesday. The Japan National Tourism Organization said the increase was due partly to ...

Sony steps forward with smart glasses

Feb 18, 2015

Sony steps forward with smart glasses

Sony on Tuesday began taking orders for Internet-linked eyewear called SmartEyeglass, moving ahead in the market as Google steps back to revise its Glass strategy. The offering comes amid growing interest in wearable computing, but also questions about whether consumers will warm to connected ...

Feb 18, 2015

Britain approves world's largest offshore wind farm

Britain’s energy ministry has approved the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck offshore wind project, the world’s biggest offshore wind park, it said in a statement on Tuesday. The project, located in the North Sea, is being led by Forewind, a consortium comprising SSE, RWE, Statkraft ...

Feb 18, 2015

Big firms face pay-hike calls as 'shunto' labor talks begin

Large firms kicked off their annual wage talks Wednesday, with labor unions demanding a pay-scale hike amid Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated calls for an increase in salaries that would help boost consumption and shore up the economy. Workers at major automakers including Toyota ...

Feb 18, 2015

Diet ready to take up tax reform legislation for fiscal 2015

Tax reform legislation for fiscal 2015 that would cut the corporate tax rate and formalize the delay in hiking the consumption tax has made it to the Diet, with the Abe administration looking for quick approval. The Cabinet approved the proposed legislation Tuesday. It ...