Jun 10, 2014

Officials counting on tourism boom

The government said Tuesday it will make full use of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to boost international tourism numbers. The Olympics will provide a powerful tailwind to achieve the government’s target of drawing 20 million foreign visitors a year, the 2014 white paper on ...

Poppies among WWI reminders in Belgium

Jun 7, 2014

Poppies among WWI reminders in Belgium

by Raf Casert

Crimson poppies still dance in the breeze as if nothing horrific happened in Flanders fields. But almost a century after the start of World War I, the flowers endure as a symbol of war dead, in part because of a celebrated poem: “In Flanders ...

Firms move to cash in on World Cup fever

Jun 5, 2014

Firms move to cash in on World Cup fever

In the run-up to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, efforts are under way to capitalize on demand linked to the quadrennial soccer event, including luxury package tours and 4K ultrahigh-definition TVs. According to travel agency JTB Corp., some 500 people are expected to ...

JR East takes the wraps off new luxury train

Jun 4, 2014

JR East takes the wraps off new luxury train

by Kazuaki Nagata

East Japan Railway Co. has unveiled the designs for a luxury train that’s scheduled to roll into operation around spring 2017. The exterior design of the lead car features a modern look, with big windows that will allow passengers a dynamic viewing range. The ...

1,000 visitors get roses on Skytree's second birthday

May 22, 2014

1,000 visitors get roses on Skytree's second birthday

Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcast tower, marked the second anniversary of its opening Thursday. To commemorate the day, rose saplings were to be presented to 1,000 visitors. The tower will also be lit in 12 different illumination patterns every night through June 1. ...

Tissues, counselors help ease pain at 9/11 museum

May 22, 2014

Tissues, counselors help ease pain at 9/11 museum

There are prominent videos of the twin towers collapsing and photos of people falling from them. Portraits of nearly 3,000 victims and voice mail messages from people in hijacked planes. But behind the wrenching sights and sounds of the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum ...