Tokyo bringing in step-free buses ahead of Olympics

National May 29, 2018

Tokyo bringing in step-free buses ahead of Olympics

Buses with fewer steps leading to their rear seats will start operating in Tokyo later this year as the capital gears up for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokyo already had 1,464 buses with a step-free entrance as of April last year, but passengers ...

Police launch expert panel to discuss rules for autonomous vehicles

National May 22, 2018

Police launch expert panel to discuss rules for autonomous vehicles

Police on Tuesday launched an expert panel tasked with discussing driving rules for autonomous vehicles, including a potential revision to road traffic laws. Experts in law, social infrastructure and other areas will discuss specific issues to be resolved as firms move closer to commercializing self-driving ...

Iconic London double-decker bus finds new life as Nagasaki cafe

National Nov 28, 2017

Iconic London double-decker bus finds new life as Nagasaki cafe

A roadside cafe made from an authentic British double-decker bus recently opened in Nagasaki Prefecture, becoming an Instagram-friendly hit among users of the photo-sharing app. London Cafe, which opened in September in the town of Hasami, is housed in a bus that was built in ...

41 escape tour bus blaze in Aichi

National Sep 9, 2017

41 escape tour bus blaze in Aichi

A tour bus caught fire and burned up Saturday on the Shin-Tomei Expressway in Aichi Prefecture, but the driver and his 40 passengers escaped without injury. The bus left Nagoya for Tokyo at 7:45 a.m. but developed a fire near the engine about 45 minutes ...