Panasonic to launch megaphone that can translate on the fly

Nov 17, 2016

Panasonic to launch megaphone that can translate on the fly

Panasonic Corp. said Thursday it will start offering in December a megaphone capable of automatically translating Japanese into English, Chinese and Korean in its latest bid to help companies cope with an increase in foreign visitors to Japan. Panasonic hopes the new translation service ...

JR East revives Hokutosei sleeper train via Tokyo hostel

Sep 7, 2016

JR East revives Hokutosei sleeper train via Tokyo hostel

East Japan Railway Co. will open a new accommodation venture in December featuring an old Hokutosei sleeper train. To be called Train Hostel Hokutosei, it will feature compartments from the now-defunct train complete with bunk beds, JR East said. The lodging facility will be ...

Japan may exempt foreign tourists from liquor tax

Aug 21, 2016

Japan may exempt foreign tourists from liquor tax

As part of the effort to boost regional economies, the Japan Tourism Agency plans to seek an exemption for domestically produced alcoholic drinks such as sake from the liquor tax when purchased by foreign tourists, agency officials said Saturday. The agency will call for ...