Haneda airport set for major renovation ahead of 2020 Olympics

Nov 27, 2016

Haneda airport set for major renovation ahead of 2020 Olympics

Tokyo’s Haneda airport will undergo a major renovation to prepare for the surge in flights expected for the 2020 Summer Olympics, officials at the transport ministry said. Terminal 2, which is used mainly for domestic flights by All Nippon Airways, will be renewed to ...

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 ...

EU plans online screening for visa-free travelers

Nov 17, 2016

EU plans online screening for visa-free travelers

Millions of tourists and business people visiting Europe will have to complete a €5 ($5.35) online security check before arrival if an EU plan to tighten controls on foreigners who do not need visas wins approval. The system, put forward by the executive European ...

Foreign visitors to Japan tipped to reach 24 million in 2016

Nov 17, 2016

Foreign visitors to Japan tipped to reach 24 million in 2016

The number of visitors to Japan is expected to reach a record high of around 24 million in 2016, Akihiko Tamura, chief of the Japan Tourism Agency, said. The strong estimate, released Wednesday, reflects increases in international flights to Japan, including those run by ...

Okayama, Malaysia form link to push Muslim-friendly tourism

Nov 17, 2016

Okayama, Malaysia form link to push Muslim-friendly tourism

Three municipalities in Okayama Prefecture have launched a joint project to promote Muslim-friendly tourism in the region, initially targeting travelers from Malaysia with the help of a local travel agency. A memorandum of understanding on the “Okayama-Style Health Tourism Project” was signed Tuesday in ...