Trump's revised travel ban targets same countries

Feb 20, 2017

Trump's revised travel ban targets same countries

A draft of President Donald Trump’s revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet. A senior administration official ...

Feb 19, 2017

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise concerns

Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. The issue gained attention recently after at least three ...

Cherry blossoms ring in the season

| Feb 16, 2017

Cherry blossoms ring in the season

Tokyo’s Royal Park Hotel will hold a Sakura Fair March 11 through April 20 to welcome the splendid season of cherry blossoms. A sakura (cherry blossom) chiffon cake, popular last year, is available again for take out (¥1,800, tax excluded) from March 15 to ...

Feb 10, 2017

China to take fingerprints of all foreign visitors upon entry

China will begin taking fingerprints of all foreign visitors entering the country in a bid to improve border checks, the Ministry of Public Security said Thursday. The new system will be test-launched from Friday at Shenzhen airport in the southeastern province of Guangdong and ...

Valentine's Day pampering

| Feb 9, 2017

Valentine's Day pampering

The AO Spa & Club on the 37th floor of the chic Andaz Tokyo hotel, an urban retreat nestled in the heart of the city providing personalized care, in Toranomon Hills will pamper couples for Valentine’s Day with a lavish package for two until ...

Disco dancing the night away

| Feb 2, 2017

Disco dancing the night away

Live Disco Night 2017 will take place on March 2 at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya, featuring two bands, Ginza Kento’s Bless of G.K. and The Mint Factory. Starting at 7 p.m., live performances of disco classics, R&B, and soul music of ...

Tourists flock to Japan to kick off Chinese New Year

Jan 27, 2017

Tourists flock to Japan to kick off Chinese New Year

The Lunar New Year holiday season kicked off Friday as Chinese and other tourists jammed major airports ahead of Asia’s traditional turn of the year on Saturday. “I have visited Japan 10 times or more and love this country,” said Li Wen-hsuan, 46, upon ...

Craft beer for winter cheer

| Jan 26, 2017

Craft beer for winter cheer

In good news for beer-lovers, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo is offering two free-flowing beverage courses through Feb. 28 at the Caffe. The first is the Yona Yona Beer Plan (¥6,000), featuring the amber-colored Yona Yona Ale, an early pioneer of Japan’s craft beer that ...

Millions attempt the trip home for China's Lunar New Year festival

Jan 25, 2017

Millions attempt the trip home for China's Lunar New Year festival

Thousands of people wearing thick coats and clutching suitcases line up in freezing conditions at Beijing Railway Station in the hope of snagging a ticket home for China’s Lunar New Year. They are among hundreds of millions of migrant workers traveling to far-flung towns ...