Feb 13, 2018

Airbnb to maintain Japanese properties for owners

U.S. online vacation home-rental service Airbnb Inc. will start maintaining private properties for tourist stays in Japan, sources said. Airbnb and similar firms are trying to tap into the country's growing minpaku (private lodging services) market, following the rise in the number of foreign visitors. ...

New group to promote agricultural tourism in rural Japan

Feb 9, 2018

New group to promote agricultural tourism in rural Japan

An association has been set up to promote minpaku private lodgings in farming, mountain and fishing villages in Japan. The Japan Countryside Stay Association said at a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday it will establish a system in which visitors rate the service quality ...

The top business news stories of 2017

Dec 27, 2017

The top business news stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected these economy and technology stories as the most important of 2017. 1. Morass of data scandals: Kobe Steel Ltd., Mitsubishi Materials Corp. and Toray Industries Inc. were all swept up in data falsification scandals, damaging Japan's reputation for high-quality production. In ...