Sep 16, 2016

Transport ministry stiffens penalties for mileage manipulation

The transport ministry on Friday introduced new penalties for automakers who manipulate mileage data, including production suspensions, as the deceptions issued by Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. continue to mar the reputation of the Japanese auto industry. The new measures, which include ...

Ministry to direct railways to let electric scooters onboard

Sep 16, 2016

Ministry to direct railways to let electric scooters onboard

The transport ministry plans to instruct railways to revise a regulation so that seniors and people with disabilities can bring their electric scooters onto trains, ahead of the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020. According to the revision, only those who have purchased or borrowed ...

Japan looks to stretch limo services for flashy foreign visitors

Sep 13, 2016

Japan looks to stretch limo services for flashy foreign visitors

Need a ritzy ride? The transport ministry plans to develop the stretch limousine sector for wealthy foreign tourists, entertainers and fun-seekers. The ministry will conduct a survey of foreign visitors, taxi operators and travel agencies to establish safety and quality standards for limousine services, ...

Jun 10, 2016

New measures aimed at preventing repeat of fuel-testing data scandals

Transport minister Keiichi Ishii unveiled a set of measures Friday to prevent a repeat of the fuel economy test scandals that have engulfed several automakers in Japan. The measures include short-notice inspections when automakers collect vehicle fuel economy data, according to Ishii, who announced ...

Jun 2, 2016

JAL ditches plan for Haneda-New York flights this fall

ork Japan Airlines Co. has abandoned plans to begin flights between Haneda airport and New York this fall, sources said Wednesday. The move came as the transport ministry plans to apply rules limiting the opening of new routes by JAL, which was rehabilitated from ...

Mar 24, 2016

Japan to raise speed limit to 120 kph on some expressways

The maximum possible speed limit on the country’s major expressways will be raised from 100 kph to 120 kph, it was announced Thursday, marking the first increase since the 1963 opening of Japan’s first highway. Trucks and other large freight vehicles will not be ...

Mar 8, 2016

Japan to increase ports for calls by cruise liners

The transport ministry said Monday it plans to increase the number of ports that can be visited by large cruise ships to 14 to 15 from seven in 2015. The ministry also aims to realize visits to Hakata port in Fukuoka Prefecture and other ...