National Aug 12, 2015

Bon summer holiday exodus peaks across Japan

The annual rush of travelers during Japan's Bon summer holidays peaked Wednesday, with roads, railway stations and airports packed with people headed for their hometowns and abroad. According to Japan Railway group companies, reserved seats on the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains connecting Tokyo and Osaka ...

Japanese head abroad as Bon exodus begins

National Aug 8, 2015

Japanese head abroad as Bon exodus begins

Tens of thousands of vacationers flew abroad from airports in the Tokyo and Osaka areas as Japan's summer exodus began Saturday. The number of international travelers passing through Narita airport is expected to total 871,500 during the 10 days of the Bon holiday season from ...

Dotonbori hopes 3,000 join Bon dance in Guinness record bid

National Jun 9, 2015

Dotonbori hopes 3,000 join Bon dance in Guinness record bid

The Dotonbori shopping district in Osaka is planning a Bon dance festival with 3,000 participants on Aug. 16, in a bid to break the Guinness world record for the number of such dancers performing at the same time. The event will celebrate the 400th anniversary ...

National Aug 20, 2014

Traffic deaths at record low over Bon

Police data show this year's Bon summer holiday period was the safest in terms of the number of traffic deaths. The death toll came to 93, down by nine from a year before, falling below 100 for the first time since records began in 1970, ...

Business / Corporate Aug 15, 2014

Chip makers skip summer break to meet smartphone demand

While much of Japan relaxes during the Bon summer holiday period, its top semiconductor makers are keeping their factories running to meet fierce demand from China for the technology that runs smartphones. Demand is expected to heat up even more with the launch of Apple ...