Golden Week exodus peaks; transport routes overwhelmed

May 3, 2014

Golden Week exodus peaks; transport routes overwhelmed

The mass exodus for the Golden Week holidays peaked Saturday as travelers crowded trains, airports and expressways. The international terminal at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, which expanded to accommodate extra flights at the end of March, was abuzz with families departing for overseas destinations. Japan ...

Nihonbashi highway is urged to go under

Feb 26, 2014

Nihonbashi highway is urged to go under

by Masaaki Kameda

Business executives said Wednesday they will continue to call for burying Tokyo’s elevated expressways, including the section over the famed Nihonbashi Bridge, to restore open views and make the capital more scenic. “The expressway section was constructed over the Nihonbashi River in 1963 before ...

Highway rest areas get retail-centric makeover

Nov 28, 2013

Highway rest areas get retail-centric makeover

by Asako Takaguchi

Operators of expressway rest areas are refurbishing their sites in often unusual and creative ways to draw customers and increase their earnings. One operator, East Nippon Expressway Co., redesigned a rest area off the Kanetsu Expressway based on “The Little Prince,” a novella by ...

Daytime discounts on expressway tolls to end

Nov 24, 2013

Daytime discounts on expressway tolls to end

The transport ministry plans to abolish daytime discounts for expressway tolls on weekdays at the end of March, informed sources said. Drivers using the electronic toll collection system receive a 30 percent discount between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on routes managed by East ...

Jun 27, 2013

Sorry state of expressways

The sorry state of expressway sections and bridges will demand a sizable repair and reconstruction budget for the indefinite future. Whence will funding come