Kyoto removing utility eyesores to revive old-time ambiance

Feb 8, 2017

Kyoto removing utility eyesores to revive old-time ambiance

The city of Kyoto and local residents are pushing to remove power poles from a main street in the Pontocho traditional entertainment district in a bid to recreate an old-fashioned townscape. The city government started work to lay utility lines underground this month, with ...

Six Japanese ports to get upgrades in bid to attract cruise liners

Feb 1, 2017

Six Japanese ports to get upgrades in bid to attract cruise liners

The transport ministry on Tuesday selected six domestic ports whose facilities will be upgraded under a project aimed at attracting more cruise ships and increasing overseas tourists. The six ports are in Yokohama, Shimizu in Shizuoka Prefecture, Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture, Yatsushiro in Kumamoto ...

Jan 29, 2017

Boat with 28 Chinese tourists missing in Malaysia

Malaysia on Sunday mounted a major air and sea search for a missing boat carrying 31 people, including 28 Chinese tourists, but strong winds and choppy seas were hampering the operation. The boat went missing in poor weather off Borneo island on Saturday morning, ...

ANA concerned Trump's policies may slow global growth

Jan 28, 2017

ANA concerned Trump's policies may slow global growth

ANA Holdings Inc., owner of Japan’s biggest airline, said it’s concerned the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump may slow global growth, which in turn affects airline passenger traffic. “We have to consider the effect on logistics and movements if trade frictions arise as ...

Nagano to debut multilingual transport app

Jan 27, 2017

Nagano to debut multilingual transport app

The Nagano Prefectural Government is set to develop a multilingual smartphone application to allow visitors to better search train and bus routes in the region, sources said this week. The app, which will be developed jointly with Jorudan Co., will allow users to find ...