Budget hotels thinking outside the capsule

Business Jun 6, 2015

Budget hotels thinking outside the capsule

With Japan's tourist numbers and hotel prices on the rise thanks to a weaker yen, developers are getting creative with a new niche line of stylish but cheap accommodations in bunks, cabins and pods of all shapes and sizes. Even a tiny double room in ...

'Abenomics' property boost shrinks back to Tokyo

Business / Economy Jan 5, 2015

'Abenomics' property boost shrinks back to Tokyo

An economic rebound and loose money policy under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe briefly halted a long slide in Japan's commercial property market, but the benefits of "Abenomics" appear increasingly limited to Tokyo, leaving a moribund hinterland. For a while, as the Bank of Japan printed ...

Michelin-starred chef fears loss of tradition

National May 15, 2014

Michelin-starred chef fears loss of tradition

At his three-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo, Yoshihiro Murata serves elaborate 12-course meals of delicate Japanese food. But his real passion is to make sure simple, traditional food is passed on to the next generation. Japanese food is now widely available around the world, and ...