Kinokuniya revamps foreign books section

Business / Corporate May 29, 2014

Kinokuniya revamps foreign books section

by Magdalena Osumi

One of Tokyo's largest bookstores relaunched its foreign books section Thursday after doubling its capacity and offering what it says is the largest selection of non-Japanese titles available nationwide. The Takashimaya Times Square branch of Kinokuniya Co. near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo offers about 120,000 ...

Duolingo chief shakes up language learning

National May 23, 2014

Duolingo chief shakes up language learning

by Tomoko Otake

While in his teens, growing up in a family running a candy factory in Guatemala, Luis von Ahn said he often fantasized about creating a gym anyone could join for free. Now 34, von Ahn, an IT entrepreneur and associate professor of computer science at ...

Baffled foreign tourists get little help on trains

National | CHUBU CONNECTION May 23, 2014

Baffled foreign tourists get little help on trains

Although Asian tourists are flocking to Japan in greater numbers, many are at a loss in railway stations, where few signs are written in languages other than Japanese and English. Several railways, including East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), are making modest efforts to present ...