National Feb 7, 2020

Taiwan cruise ship gets OK to go home after turned away by Japan

Taiwan authorities confirmed Friday that a cruise ship off Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, that was not allowed to dock in Japan due to coronavirus concerns will be allowed to return to Keelung, near Taipei, according to local media. The approval came a day after Taiwan's ban ...

Cruise ship passengers dip for first time since '13

National Jan 18, 2019

Cruise ship passengers dip for first time since '13

The number of visitors to Japan by cruise ships in 2018 dropped 3.3 percent from the previous year to 2,446,000, the first fall since statistics began in 2013, the transport ministry said Friday. The decline came chiefly because the number of visitors departing from China, ...

Diet enacts law to upgrade ports for cruise ship boom

National Jun 2, 2017

Diet enacts law to upgrade ports for cruise ship boom

The Diet enacted a law Friday for upgrading key ports across Japan to attract more tourists on cruise ships under joint efforts by the public and private sectors. The amendment of the existing port law allows cruise ship operators to use piers on a priority ...

Business Mar 20, 2017

Luxury cruise ship planned for Kyushu and Okinawa in 2020

Ryobi Holdings Co. is considering launching a luxury cruise ship service that operates in the Kyushu area and Okinawa as early as 2020, the company's top official said Monday. The cruise ship would be designed by Eiji Mitooka, the industrial designer who also designed the ...