Dec 22, 2014

Tax cut eyed for eco-friendly minivehicles

The government and the ruling parties plan to introduce a tax cut for eco-friendly minivehicles in the fiscal year beginning next April 1. The tax cut is for “kei” class minivehicles, which have an engine displacement of 660 cc or less and a maximum ...

Dec 21, 2014

Firms agree to cooperate on next-generation assisted driving systems

Japanese automakers, electronics firms and others have reached a basic agreement to unify standards for next-generation assisted driving systems, informed sources told Jiji Press on Sunday. The standards will seek to use the 760 megahertz band, a frequency spectrum left unused since television broadcasting ...

Dec 21, 2014

Wrong-way drunk driver covers 50 km on French highway

A drunk driver clocked 50 km going the wrong way on a highway in western France, colliding with three cars along the way but injuring only one person, police said Saturday. The 56-year-old from the central city of Tours was driving home from southwestern ...

JR Tokai begins building maglev stations

Dec 18, 2014

JR Tokai begins building maglev stations

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) has started to build underground stations at two terminals that will host a magnetically levitated train for service between Tokyo and Nagoya that is expected to begin in 2027, it said Wednesday. In October, JR Tokai, operator of ...

Dec 17, 2014

Panel to examine cycling safety measures after rise in collisions

As more people take to cycling and collisions with pedestrians increase, the transport ministry is looking at supporting municipalities’ efforts to build additional dedicated lanes. The ministry said it will set up a panel of experts Friday to examine the best way to promote ...

Dec 17, 2014

Beijing to get third airport to reduce congestion, delays

China has green-lighted plans to build a third airport for the capital Beijing in a bid to reduce congestion and chronic delays. State media reported Wednesday the new airport will be located 46 km south of the city center and will take five years ...

Dec 15, 2014

Uber in damage control mode after Sydney siege price hike

Popular web-based taxi firm Uber went into damage control mode Monday, offering free rides to passengers fleeing an armed siege in Sydney after earlier hiking prices upwards of AUS$100 ($82). The company said it would also refund fares after initially launching “surge pricing,” which ...

Sales of macadamaias soar in South Korea after 'nut rage'

Dec 15, 2014

Sales of macadamaias soar in South Korea after 'nut rage'

South Korean online retailers say demand for macadamia nuts has skyrocketed after a Korean Air Lines executive delayed a plane over an incident now dubbed “nut rage.” Auction, a South Korean unit of eBay, said Monday that sales of macadamias surged nearly 1,200 percent ...

Tokyo Station at 100: all change

Dec 13, 2014

Tokyo Station at 100: all change

by Masami Ito

More than 500,000 people on average use Tokyo Station every day. Handling express trains to Narita International Airport, bullet trains to destinations around Honshu and myriad regional commuter lines, it is one of the busiest stations in the country based on the number of ...

California storm knocks out power, snarls flights

Dec 12, 2014

California storm knocks out power, snarls flights

A storm expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power to tens to thousands and delaying travel by air, train and ferry. Pacific Gas & Electric is reporting ...

South Korean wealthy no longer above law

Dec 11, 2014

South Korean wealthy no longer above law

The uproar that forced a Korean Air Lines executive to resign after delaying a flight because she was unhappy with the way nuts were served points to growing intolerance of corporate bad behavior in a country dominated by family conglomerates. Public frustration has long ...