Tag - parks



Japan Times
Jan 23, 2017
Japan to double number of national park rangers in nature tourism drive
The Environment Ministry will double the number of rangers operating the nation's 33 national parks to around 200 by fiscal 2020 as part of government efforts to attract more foreign visitors to nature tourism, a source close to the matter said Monday.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Dec 17, 2016
Sonya Park: The styling of Arts & Science
Pajamas may sound like an unlikely creative catalyst for a business. For Sonya Park, however, it made perfect sense: She was determined to create a pair of comfortable, luxurious pajamas that she would want to wear herself.
Japan Times
Dec 17, 2016
Theme park rapped for embedding fish in skating rink to close in 2017
An amusement park in Fukuoka Prefecture that sparked a flood of criticism for inserting thousands of frozen fish into its ice skating rink said Friday it will close next year.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2016
Fishy bid to lure more skaters prompts Kitakyushu rink to cut bait
A barrage of online criticism prompted the an amusement park in Kitakyushu to close a skating rink Sunday where about 5,000 dead fish had been frozen into the ice — a design the operator originally believed would lure more skaters to visit.
Japan Times
Nov 13, 2016
Government targets eight of Japan's national parks to draw more overseas tourists
The Environment Ministry will introduce new measures to draw more foreign tourists to eight of Japan's national parks by 2020, when the country will host the Summer Olympics, according to ministry sources.
Oct 4, 2016
Amami Islands eyed as 34th national park
The Environment Ministry is planning to designate the Amami Islands between Okinawa and Kyushu as the country's 34th national park, according to government sources.
Aug 25, 2016
Obama declares Maine forest new monument ahead of National Park Service centennial, draws GOP flak
President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated 87,500 acres in Maine's North Woods as a national monument, as the administration prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 21, 2016
Deadly fish parasite forces closures on Yellowstone River and other waterways
Closures on a 183-mile (295-km) stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways could continue for months while biologists try to prevent the spread of a parasite believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2016
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura: the samurai era in town and country
A friend I've known for more than 20 years is now president of the Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura cultural theme park in the Kinugawa Onsen area of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture.
Japan Times
Jul 25, 2016
Pilot project aims to attract more overseas visitors to Japan's national parks
Eight of the nation's 32 national parks have been selected by an Environment Ministry panel for a pilot project aimed at attracting more foreign tourists to sites of natural beauty.
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jun 10, 2016
AKB48 spends summer vacation at USJ
Visitors to USJ will be able to see the AKB girls in the flesh from July 21 through Sept. 4, just in time for summer vacation for students.
Japan Times
May 30, 2016
Yomiuri Land fun park adds factory-themed attraction to make more sales
In Japan's aging society, amusement parks are struggling to stay in business.
May 12, 2016
USJ cancels planned theme park in Okinawa
The operator of Universal Studios Japan has canceled plans for a theme park in Okinawa, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. He said USJ will instead focus investment on its existing USJ park in Osaka.
Japan Times
May 2, 2016
Kumamoto garden's spring-fed pond dries up
A traditional garden in Kumamoto landscaped around a spring-fed pond has mostly dried up since earthquakes started rocking Kyushu in April.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Feb 13, 2016
Trust robots to keep the kids occupied
'Can we go to the park?" In our household, this refrain is heard almost as frequently as "I want ice cream" and "I don't want to go to bed."
Oct 16, 2015
Belgian tourist dies after falling into Chilean geyser
A Belgian woman who suffered burns on 80 percent of her body after falling into a boiling hot geyser last week in northern Chile died on Thursday, the Santiago hospital where she was receiving treatment said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 20, 2015
Hokkaido's Mount Apoi added to global geopark list
The 810-meter-high Mount Apoi in Hokkaido becomes Japan's eighth geopark, a natural area with geological or geomorphological features of scientific importance.
Japan Times
Aug 3, 2015
Tsukuba voters overwhelmingly vote 'no' on ¥30.5 billion park
More than 80 percent of the people in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, who voted in Sunday's referendum on whether to build a massive park voted against the project.
Japan Times
Jul 25, 2015
America still rules the world of Japan's theme parks
The success of Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Japan has a lot to do with their business models and the way they've exploited their appeal to certain demographics in Japan.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 28, 2015
Universal Studios Japan plots return to TSE
The operator of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has applied to return to the Tokyo Stock Exchange six years after the theme park's delisting, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan