Chubu won't stop at just 10 million tourists

| Jan 10, 2014

Chubu won't stop at just 10 million tourists

The government achieved its target of seeing 10 million tourists in 2013, thanks largely to the easing of visa requirements for Southeast Asian travelers and the weakening of the yen to fight deflation. On Dec. 25, a special 3.6-meter signboard was set up in ...

Centrair eager to use idle ¥3 billion bus lounge

| Dec 27, 2013

Centrair eager to use idle ¥3 billion bus lounge

Five years after completing its bus lounge, Chubu Centrair International Airport will finally make the bus service available to the public starting from the Golden Week holidays next spring. The airport in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, built the facility to take international passengers to their ...

Nagakute turns on rogue pond turtles

| Dec 13, 2013

Nagakute turns on rogue pond turtles

The rampant rise of red-eared terrapins is posing an ecological threat in a park in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture. The turtles have been rapidly breeding in a popular pond in Irigaike Park since being abandoned by their owners. The 38,000-sq.-meter pond, originally used for agriculture, ...

Fires thrive along with exports of scrap

| Dec 6, 2013

Fires thrive along with exports of scrap

Firefighters and the Japan Coast Guard have been plagued with a growing number of blazes breaking out among piles of mixed scrap in harbors and on board ships, with the most recent one occurring in Mikawa port in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. Exports of items ...

Future teachers get prepped for foreign pupils

| Nov 29, 2013

Future teachers get prepped for foreign pupils

A lot of teachers have a tough time teaching children of foreign nationalities due to the language barrier and cultural differences. To equip future teachers with the necessary skills to deal with this kind of situation, Aichi Prefectural University has started offering a training ...

NGO helps towns ignored on Leyte

| Nov 22, 2013

NGO helps towns ignored on Leyte

International Children’s Action Network, a nonprofit organization based in Nagoya, is providing aid to Leyte Island after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines on Nov. 8. ICAN staff there told the NPO’s headquarters in Naka Ward via email that there are heavily damaged towns ...

Lamborghini sets up shop at NITech

| Nov 15, 2013

Lamborghini sets up shop at NITech

Nagoya Institute of Technology in Aichi Prefecture has teamed up with Lamborghini SpA on finding a way to mass produce carbon fiber-reinforced plastic so the light yet durable material can be applied to products other than cars and planes. The CFRP project will be ...

WWII sword returns after 70 years

| Oct 25, 2013

WWII sword returns after 70 years

A “katana” sword confiscated by the U.S. military at the end of the war was recently returned to its owner’s family in Japan. Miyoko Asai, 85, received the sword on behalf of her late husband, Masaaki, at their home in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, from ...

Nagoya temple erects Home-for-all for guests

| Oct 18, 2013

Nagoya temple erects Home-for-all for guests

Aioiyama Tokurinji Temple in Tenpaku Ward, Nagoya, is currently building a guest house named Home-for-all within its premises. The house will be fitted with a solar power system and will be self-sufficient energywise. The temple will open the house to those who need a ...