/ Jun 26, 2017

Two to face court over fatal 2016 Nagano ski bus crash

The head and operations manager of a charter bus company will be referred to prosecutors this week over a crash last year that killed 15 people, investigative sources said Monday.The 55-year-old president of Tokyo-based ESP and its 48-year-old former manager are suspected of professional ...

Dec 2, 2016

Diet hikes safety fines 100-fold for charter bus industry

The Upper House passed a revision to the road transportation law on Friday that allows the fine for safety violations involving chartered buses to be hiked 100-fold to ¥100 million ($875,000).The revision follows a ski bus accident in Nagano Prefecture earlier this year that ...

Iwate city gets creative in quest for public feedback

Nov 30, 2016

Iwate city gets creative in quest for public feedback

Efforts by a city in Iwate Prefecture to improve local bus services via customer input on cleverly designed questionnaires is garnering positive feedback on social media sites.The city of Takizawa has been distributing questionnaires that resemble bingo cards to passengers in the hope of ...

Oct 18, 2016

Tougher rules sought for charter buses based on fatal Nagano crash

Responding to a fatal ski bus crash in Nagano Prefecture last winter, the government said Tuesday it wants to make charter bus companies renew their business license every five years.Other change in the road transportation law sought by the government would raise the maximum ...

/ Oct 11, 2016

Isetan Mitsukoshi offering luxury bus tours

It’s a terrestrial take on the luxurious ocean liner. Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. is offering tours by bus in spacious comfort for big-spending foreign visitors.It has remodeled a full-size 45-seater bus to seat only 10, giving them first-class space and service. The bus will ...

Apr 24, 2016

Narita-based bus lines reaching out to distant tourist spots

An increasing number of expressway bus services based at Narita International Airport are extending their reach to cover distant tourist areas, such as the central Hokuriku region.The trend is a result of collaborative efforts being made by Narita International Airport Corp., bus lines and ...