Tag - bicycle



Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
May 20, 2023
Japan’s head start on designer bicycle helmets
Despite protective headgear being compulsory for children since 2008, there are surprisingly few bicycle helmet producers in Japan.
Japan Times
Apr 9, 2023
Bicycle helmets in short supply in Japan after law change
A bicycle shop chain based in the city of Chiba saw helmet sales in March jump about sixteenfold from a year earlier after safety law change.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2018
Tokyo cafes serve up coffee with a side of cyclo-tourism
Although Tokyo's nascent cycling tourism sector is ostensibly aimed at inbound tourists, 'cycle cafes' are designed to create sustainable communities by combining coffee and culture.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2018
Japan's government OKs plan to promote bike sharing and create eco-friendly society
The government approved Friday a plan to promote bicycle sharing, aiming to help create an environmentally friendly society and improve people's health.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 10, 2018
Uber agrees to buy electric bicycle rental company Jump Bikes
Uber Technologies Inc. is leaping into the bicycle-rental industry with the purchase of Jump Bikes, as CEO Dara Khosrowshahi seeks out new growth areas with his first acquisition.
Japan Times
Feb 6, 2018
Demand for electric bikes in Japan still brisk 25 years after Yamaha Motor's first model
Electric bicycles are enjoying brisk demand as they mark the 25th anniversary this year since the first model was released in 1993.
Nov 27, 2017
China's bike-sharing bust
A great capitalist innovation may need some socialist help.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Oct 21, 2017
Pedal power: Bike-sharing services expand in Japan
It's a little past 7:30 a.m. at Shinagawa Station's bustling Konan Exit. The air is crisp on this beautiful autumn morning, with hundreds of people passing through the fourth busiest rail hub in Tokyo on their way to various appointments.
Sep 1, 2016
Cycling fatalities drop 14.7% under revised law
Deaths related to cycling accidents have declined 14.7 percent since the road traffic law was revised a year ago, the National Police Agency said Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 26, 2016
Tanigaki has spinal surgery, may not retain post in looming LDP shake-up
Sadakazu Tanigaki, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has undergone surgery for a spinal injury that was much more serious than originally let on.
Japan Times
Jul 20, 2016
Hokkaido woman on track for professional cycling career
Nozomi Ito is swapping her nurse's uniform for Lycra as part of an intensive training regime to reach her goal of becoming a professional track cyclist.
Japan Times
Feb 18, 2016
Nagano ski resort tries out downhill snow biking
Faced with dwindling numbers of skiers, a Japanese ski resort is pointing people toward downhill mountain biking.
Japan Times
Sep 28, 2015
Fiery drone crash disrupts bicycle race in Gunma Prefecture, hurting none
A small aerial drone being used to film a bicycle race in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, fell from the sky Sunday and burst into flames, disrupting the competition.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 29, 2015
Rider of brakeless bike is first to get safety course summons
Osaka's public safety commission will order a 29-year-old man to attend a bicycle safety lecture after repeated road violations, in the first such case following a legal revision last month, police said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Apr 26, 2015
Cycling the Kyoto maze could get easier
As Kyoto residents know, bicycles are the best way to get around the congested city, which is taking steps to make it more amenable to foreign cyclists.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
May 31, 2014
Walking on water: the seven bridges over the Seto Inland Sea
Through the clouds of steam rising from the hotel's hot spring, I can make out Jupiter — a tiny pinprick of light beaming over the twinkling black waters of the Seto Inland Sea. It's easy to see why this hotel is called Bella Vista. Tucked into the hills outside the historic town of Onomichi, in...
Japan Times
Apr 11, 2014
Bike can turn into wheelchair if disaster strikes
Junji Nagayama, the head of a heavy equipment delivery company in Nagoya, has developed a bicycle that, in just a few minutes, can be transformed into a wheelchair.
Japan Times
Nov 5, 2013
Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes
Yoshiaki Nagasawa has a list of customers who favor bicycles handmade for them, including Koichi Nakano, a former professional bicycle racer and 10-time world champion track sprinter.
Japan Times
Sep 27, 2013
Cyclists warned on new left side rule
Many cyclists may be unaware that a ban on riding against the flow of traffic will take effect by the end of the year to curb an increasing number of bicycle-related accidents, police warned Friday.
Japan Times
Jul 26, 2013
Nagoya commuters get their cycle on
Nagoya is seeing a growing number of "tsukinists," a term coined for those who commute to work by bicycle, pointing to the public's higher awareness of environmental and personal health issues.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals