Apr 1, 2016

Japan eases rules a bit on 'minpaku' paid lodgings using homes

A revised government ordinance under the Inns and Hotels Law took effect Friday, making it easier for individuals to engage in lodging business for travelers in private homes. Under the new government rules, individuals seeking to rent vacant homes or rooms will find it ...

Fujisawa field tests start for Robot Taxi's driverless cabs

Mar 1, 2016

Fujisawa field tests start for Robot Taxi's driverless cabs

Japan’s Robot Taxi Inc. has started a field test for driverless taxis in Fujisawa in Kanagawa Prefecture. In the test, 10 groups of participants will be transported between their homes and the Fujisawa outlet of major Japanese retailer Aeon Co. The unit of mobile ...

Feb 19, 2016

Japan to put more lottery revenue toward Olympic stadium cost

The Cabinet on Friday formalized a bill to allocate more revenue from sales of the nation’s “toto” sports promotion lottery toward the costs of building the new ¥149 billion National Stadium. The bill will revise the law on the business of the Japan Sport ...

Toyota head, Akio Toyoda, resigns from Tokyo Olympic committee

Dec 22, 2015

Toyota head, Akio Toyoda, resigns from Tokyo Olympic committee

The head of Toyota Motor Corp. has stepped down as vice president of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The committee announced the resignation of Akio Toyoda on Monday. He is expected to be replaced by the president of Panasonic, Kazuhiro Tsuga. ...

IOC approves switch of cycling venues for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Dec 9, 2015

IOC approves switch of cycling venues for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

After months of negotiations, the IOC on Wednesday approved the cycling venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including the cost-cutting move of indoor track events to a facility located two hours from the host city. The International Olympic Committee said moving track cycling from ...