Kintetsu's flagship store opens salon geared toward foreign tourists

Apr 20, 2015

Kintetsu's flagship store opens salon geared toward foreign tourists

Kintetsu Department Store’s flagship store in Abeno Harukasu, the tallest building in Japan, opened a salon Monday that caters exclusively to tourists from abroad. The salon offers duty-free shopping, bag storage and other services, plus a corner where people can briefly delve into various ...

Cherry blossom season sees another Chinese shopping spree in Japan

Mar 31, 2015

Cherry blossom season sees another Chinese shopping spree in Japan

“Explosive buying” by Chinese visitors is once again being witnessed in Japan, this time during the cherry blossom season through early April after the Chinese went on a similar spree during the Chinese New Year holidays in February. According to the Japanese Consulate General ...

Chinese flee H.K. to shop in Japan and  South Korea

Mar 20, 2015

Chinese flee H.K. to shop in Japan and South Korea

Chinese tourists are rapidly deserting Hong Kong, leaving retailers who built businesses around once insatiable demand from mainland neighbors with bigger but emptier stores and squeezing the whole city’s visitor-dependent economy. With cross-border tensions exacerbated by pro-democracy Hong Kong protests, tour groups visiting Hong ...

Mar 6, 2015

Retailers boosting their ability to take online orders

Major retail groups such as Seven & I Holdings Co. plan to beef up their online operations to meet growing demand. As the nation’s demographics shift and more women enter the workforce, demand for Internet ordering and home delivery is “expanding rapidly,” according to ...

Fukushima fears no longer a drag on tourism

Mar 5, 2015

Fukushima fears no longer a drag on tourism

by Anne Beade

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster laid waste to Japan’s tourism industry even as it left the Tohoku coastline in ruins, killed thousands and sparked the worst nuclear crisis in a generation. But four years later, tourism is bouncing back, shattering expectations on visitor ...

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

Feb 23, 2015

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

A video purported to be by Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries. U.S. authorities said there was “no credible” evidence suggesting a U.S. mall attack was in the works. The ...