Aug 20, 2014

Traffic deaths at record low over Bon

Police data show this year’s Bon summer holiday period was the safest in terms of the number of traffic deaths. The death toll came to 93, down by nine from a year before, falling below 100 for the first time since records began in ...

Aug 15, 2014

Chip makers skip summer break to meet smartphone demand

While much of Japan relaxes during the Bon summer holiday period, its top semiconductor makers are keeping their factories running to meet fierce demand from China for the technology that runs smartphones. Demand is expected to heat up even more with the launch of ...

Aug 13, 2014

Vacation exodus during Bon holidays peaks, with long traffic jams

The annual rush of travelers during the country’s mid-August Bon holidays peaked Wednesday, with roads, train stations and airports congested as people headed for their hometowns and other destinations. Bumper-to-bumper traffic stretched 47 km along a section of the Kan-etsu Expressway in Saitama Prefecture ...

Aug 20, 2013

Bon voyagers on trains, planes surged over last year

The number of people who traveled on major train services and domestic and international flights over the Bon summer holiday period rose from a year before, according to data from major domestic airlines and six passenger service firms in the Japan Railways Group. About ...

Return rush peaks after Bon holiday season

Aug 17, 2013

Return rush peaks after Bon holiday season

Railway stations, airports and expressways nationwide were jammed Saturday with travelers returning home from the Bon holidays. Reserved seats on the Tohoku and Tokaido shinkansen lines, which connect Tokyo with the northeast and Osaka to the west, were almost fully booked throughout the day. ...