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Japan pulls out stops to woo high-end U.S. tourists

National Jul 21, 2007

Japan pulls out stops to woo high-end U.S. tourists

Taking advantage of the popularity of luxury tour packages in the United States, Japan is aiming to promote the high-end tourism sector in a bid to boost not only the number of foreign visitors to Japan but that of higher-yielding tours as well. Japan Airlines ...

National Jun 16, 2007

Sudoku 'godfather' wants to puzzle more

The self-proclaimed godfather of sudoku wants to cultivate a specialized logic-game market of puzzle fans worldwide who appreciate handcrafted games. "I want to seek out puzzle fans around the world and bring Nikoli puzzles to them," said Maki Kaji, president of Tokyo-based Nikoli Co. Nikoli introduced ...

Toto hoping Americans will warm to bidet-toilet

National May 14, 2007

Toto hoping Americans will warm to bidet-toilet

When she visited Japan in December 2005 for the first time in 12 years, Madonna said she had missed the warm toilet seats. The dance-pop sensation's high marks for the bidet-toilet aroused a ripple of laughter during a news conference upon her arrival in Tokyo. But ...

Business Mar 6, 2007

Higher growth seen in Japanese-U.S. M&As, Daiwa exec says

NEW YORK (Kyodo) With the lifting of a ban on triangular mergers set for May, the outlook for Japanese-U.S. mergers and acquisitions is strong, and there will be more activity on the part of U.S. buyers in Japan, predicts the head of M&A at ...

Impresario orchestrates Japan food fest in N.Y.

National Mar 2, 2007

Impresario orchestrates Japan food fest in N.Y.

As New York City kicks off a weeklong event celebrating Japanese food culture Sunday, few people would make the connection between traditional culinary delicacies and glittering musicals on Broadway. The exception is Kumiko Yoshii, a project coordinator for the festival. Yoshii has produced a number ...

National Feb 27, 2007

Boston, Big Apple brace for baseball fan boom

A strong rebound is expected this year in the number of Japanese tourists to post-9/11 New York -- and Boston -- thanks to three Japanese rookies in U.S. Major League Baseball, a New York official at Japan's biggest travel agency said. Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki ...

Brush with N.Y. jazz pumps up painter

National Feb 16, 2007

Brush with N.Y. jazz pumps up painter

Entrepreneur-turned-painter Kazuo Ooka takes his inspiration from the musicians of the New York jazz scene. His solo exhibition, Musicians' World, at the Nippon Club gallery from Feb. 22 to 28, showcases New York's range of musicians with some 30 oil paintings of young unknowns ...

Avid angler lands big one in, where else? Big Apple

National Feb 9, 2007

Avid angler lands big one in, where else? Big Apple

Dropping his line in the water last December, Jun Nakashima finally reeled in what he had only dreamed about for years -- a rare 7-kg blackfish that gave him a quite a fight. Excited, the 38-year-old fisherman proclaimed, "This tautog is the biggest fish I've ...

National Jan 5, 2006

Underweight Japan looks to boost U.N. staffing

NEW YORK (Kyodo) Japan's presence at the United Nations Secretariat remains low relative to its financial contribution, and it appears boosting its representation sharply over a short period will be no easy task. Many Japanese staff at the secretariat, however, are enthusiastic about their jobs ...