China has mountain to climb with 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Jan 22, 2015

China has mountain to climb with 2022 Winter Olympics bid

High on a barren mountainside, a red flag marks the spot where China hopes ski jumpers will launch themselves to glory at the 2022 Winter Olympics. But hosting the Games would require a giant leap of its own. For now, the bitterly cold valley ...

Dec 19, 2014

Air Do rapped for hasty promotion of trainee pilot

Transport authorities Friday ordered budget airline Air Do to boost safety standards after it promoted a trainee to a full-blown pilot despite worries over the person’s ability. Air Do, a tie-up with major carrier All Nippon Airways which links Tokyo to cities in Hokkaido, ...

Dec 16, 2014

Dutch debut 'intelligent bicycle' that warns of danger

The Netherlands on Monday launched its first-ever “intelligent bicycle,” fitted with an array of electronic devices to help bring down the high accident rate among elderly cyclists in the bicycle-mad country. Developed for the government by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), ...

Oct 28, 2014

JR Hokkaido found to have ignored 260 track irregularities

Hokkaido Railway Co. failed to implement work within a certain time to repair track irregularities found in fiscal 2013 at 260 locations, the Board of Audit said Tuesday. Of the locations, 90 were not repaired for more than two months after the deadline and ...