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Manga, Mario and now ninja: Japan's hopes for wooing tourism

Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism. The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it’s starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, and building a new museum in ...

Feb 22, 2017

Haneda airport sees record-high passenger numbers in 2016

A record 79.2 million passengers used Tokyo’s Haneda airport in 2016, up around 4 million from the previous record set in 2015, due to a rise in foreign visitors and the opening of new U.S. routes, government data showed Wednesday. The number of international ...

Feb 22, 2017

16 active faults in Japan added to high-risk list

The government has added 16 new active faults to its list of major fault zones that may trigger an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or higher on the open-ended Richter scale. The move by the Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion brought the number ...

Feb 22, 2017

Industry ministry to keep rooms locked during the day

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has said it will lock its offices during daytime hours starting Monday, with the aim of preventing unauthorized entry of nonemployees. The ministry hopes the move will build trust in its security policy, as it handles sensitive ...