Sightseeing bus runs off road in Hokkaido, injuring 39

National Aug 19, 2017

Sightseeing bus runs off road in Hokkaido, injuring 39

Dozens of tourists were injured Friday when their sightseeing bus veered off a road and tipped over, falling several meters before landing in a field in Shimizu, Hokkaido, local firefighters said. Police sources said 48 of the 49 people aboard were taken to hospitals after ...

National / Crime & Legal Jun 26, 2017

Two to face court over fatal 2016 Nagano ski bus crash

The head and operations manager of a charter bus company will be referred to prosecutors this week over a crash last year that killed 15 people, investigative sources said Monday. The 55-year-old president of Tokyo-based ESP and its 48-year-old former manager are suspected of professional ...

National Dec 2, 2016

Diet hikes safety fines 100-fold for charter bus industry

The Upper House passed a revision to the road transportation law on Friday that allows the fine for safety violations involving chartered buses to be hiked 100-fold to ¥100 million ($875,000). The revision follows a ski bus accident in Nagano Prefecture earlier this year that ...

Iwate city gets creative in quest for public feedback

National Nov 30, 2016

Iwate city gets creative in quest for public feedback

Efforts by a city in Iwate Prefecture to improve local bus services via customer input on cleverly designed questionnaires is garnering positive feedback on social media sites. The city of Takizawa has been distributing questionnaires that resemble bingo cards to passengers in the hope of ...

National Oct 18, 2016

Tougher rules sought for charter buses based on fatal Nagano crash

Responding to a fatal ski bus crash in Nagano Prefecture last winter, the government said Tuesday it wants to make charter bus companies renew their business license every five years. Other change in the road transportation law sought by the government would raise the maximum ...

Kintetsu offers tour of Osaka by double-decker bus

National Jul 2, 2014

Kintetsu offers tour of Osaka by double-decker bus

Kintetsu Bus Co. unveiled to the media on Wednesday a double-decker bus tour service of the city of Osaka that will start July 10. The tour, the first featuring a double-decker, will give visitors a convenient way to explore the city's landmarks, including Japan's tallest ...