Apr 19, 2016

Hands-free speech translation app gets trialed at Narita airport

Tests of a speech translation application were set to start at Narita International Airport on Tuesday. The “NariTra” multilingual translation app employs noise-canceling techniques and recognizes a wide range of speech. Offered by the airport at no cost, the app is designed to work ...

Apr 5, 2016

Olympic organizers want Jingu shuttered for six months

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizing committee has requested that historic Jingu Stadium be closed for half a year starting in May 2020, an amateur baseball source said Tuesday. The ballpark is a short distance from the Tokyo’s yet-to-be-constructed National Stadium. Jingu, built in 1926, ...

Tributes follow death of architect Zaha Hadid

Apr 1, 2016

Tributes follow death of architect Zaha Hadid

The announcement of the death of internationally renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, whose works included the controversial original design for the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics — later scrapped by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — came as a shock to ...

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 ...