Jul 7, 2016

World Baseball Softball Confederation to inspect Yokohama Stadium

The World Baseball Softball Confederation will conduct an inspection next week of Yokohama Stadium as a possible venue for Olympic baseball and softball at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The stadium, home of the Yokohama BayStars, ...

Jun 24, 2016

Tokyo assembly cancels Rio Olympics trips over costs

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Friday canceled scheduled trips to Rio de Janeiro to observe the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer as their costs are likely to be much higher than expected. The move comes days after the resignation of Tokyo Gov. Yoichi ...

Jun 16, 2016

Suga tells ministries to ask for more funding for tourism improvements

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga instructed government ministries Thursday to include “effective and bold” measures to lure more foreign tourists in their budget requests for fiscal 2017. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration has set a target of 40 million foreign visitors in 2020, when ...

Airbnb's 'master of disaster' comes to Tokyo as regulations loom

Jun 16, 2016

Airbnb's 'master of disaster' comes to Tokyo as regulations loom

Airbnb Inc. has gone on a charm offensive in Japan, hoping to drum up support as regulators debate whether to clamp down on the startup’s rapidly expanding operations. The world’s third-most valuable private startup dispatched high-powered lawyer and political strategist Chris Lehane to lay ...