Changes behind the wheel for Tokyo's taxi industry

Business / Economy Jul 7, 2015

Changes behind the wheel for Tokyo's taxi industry

The taxi industry is looking at a range of initiatives to improve service for customers, ranging from training drivers as tour guides to adopting larger vehicles. One program already proving popular gives priority to pregnant women entering labor. The pioneering pregnancy-priority dispatch service by Tokyo ...

Farming of herbs, medicinal crops growing

National Feb 13, 2015

Farming of herbs, medicinal crops growing

Reflecting rising demand for herbal medicine, domestic cultivation of crops used to make such products is expanding. The Nara Prefectural Government launched a project at the end of 2012 to promote the cultivation and processing of medicinal plants for herbal drugs to help revitalize communities ...

Haneda soon to be third-busiest airport

National Dec 1, 2014

Haneda soon to be third-busiest airport

Tokyo's Haneda airport is accelerating its push to become an international hub and is expected to become the world's third-busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic this business year. Haneda officials forecast that 73.4 million passengers will use the airport in the year ending next ...

Country warming again to solar power

National Jun 13, 2008

Country warming again to solar power

Solar power is drawing renewed attention in resource-poor Japan in the runup to the annual Group of Eight summit, where global warming will be high on the agenda. To help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, some Japanese households are installing solar panels, while local governments are ...