Tag - postal-services



Postage rates in Japan are set to increase to ¥110 from ¥84 for standard-size letters weighing 25 grams or less and to ¥85 from ¥63 for postcards.
Jun 14, 2024
Japan Post announces October postage hike
Rates will increase to ¥110 from ¥84 for standard-size letters weighing 25 grams or less, and to ¥85 from ¥63 for postcards.
Postage rates for sealed letters and other documents are expected to be raised by 30% as early as October, the first rise in 30 years aside from when prices increased along with consumption tax hikes.
Jun 7, 2024
Postage rate hikes seen denting New Year's card tradition in Japan
The tradition of sending New Year's greetings on postcards began in 1873 with the introduction of postcards.
Fujitsu apologized for its role in the wrongful conviction of more than 900 subpostmasters in the U.K. who used its accounting software.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 1, 2024
Fujitsu promises better quality control after U.K. scandal
The Tokyo-based technology company is the subject of an inquiry into a glitch in its Horizon accounting software used by the U.K. Post Office.
A Japan Post delivery truck. Certain parcels will take longer to arrive under changes set to begin in April.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 31, 2024
Japan Post announces delayed timeframes for express deliveries
The changes come as part of an effort to cope with stricter regulations on truck drivers’ working hours.
Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni at the Italy-Africa summit in Rome on Monday
WORLD / Politics
Jan 30, 2024
Overwhelmed by debt, Italy sells stake in Post Office 'crown jewel'
The government has a long way to go to reduce its debt, which currently amounts to 140.2% of GDP.
Paul Patterson, Fujitsu's European head, leaves after giving evidence to the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry in central London on Friday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 20, 2024
Fujitsu says Post Office knew about Horizon bugs from the start
Errors from the firm's software led to the wrongful conviction of hundreds of people for theft and false accounting.
A video still shows current Fujitsu Services Director Paul Patterson giving evidence to a hearing of the Business and Trade Select Committee in the House of Commons, in London on Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 17, 2024
Fujitsu says it will pay compensation in U.K. Post Office scandal
The firm said it has a "moral responsibility” to contribute to redress for sub-postmasters who suffered as a result of its faulty software.
The Horizon IT system, built by a U.K. company Fujitsu acquired in the 1990s, resulted in hundreds of post office managers in the U.K. being wrongly convicted for theft and false accounting between 1999 and 2005.
Jan 15, 2024
Fujitsu’s silence is making a tech scandal worse
Top-level executives at Fujitsu have so far stayed mum about the firm's involvement in the U.K. Post Office scandal, letting public outrage shape the narrative, unimpeded.
A Post Office sign at a branch in a local convenience store near Ascot, England, on Friday. The Post Office scandal, where some 980 U.K. Post Office workers were wrongfully convicted of theft and false accounting, was triggered by faults in a Fujitsu computer system called Horizon that was used by U.K. Post Offices and inaccurately reported shortfalls in their accounts, resulting in private prosecutions of innocent branch managers for theft.
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Jan 13, 2024
It took a TV show to bring justice in U.K.’s Post Office scandal
After a two-decade struggle, it was a TV drama that finally prompted the government to promise a swift end to the saga in favor of the victims.
Between 1999 and 2015, more than 700 people, including post office managers, were falsely charged with fraud or embezzlement following the discovery of discrepancies between cash balances at counters and accounting records at post offices that introduced Fujitsu's Horizon accounting system.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 12, 2024
Co-CEO of Fujitsu Europe to testify over U.K. Post Office scandal
He will be questioned on what more can be done to deliver "full, fair and fast compensation" for post office managers falsely charged due to the tech firm's faulty software.
British lawmakers are calling for billions of dollars of government contracts with Fujitsu to be reexamined amid public outrage over the scandal, ignited by a hit TV drama aired last week.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 11, 2024
Japan tech firm Fujitsu in firing line over U.K. Post Office scandal
Its faulty software had resulted in hundreds of local post office managers being wrongly convicted for theft and false accounting between 1999 and 2005.
The planned increases for Japan's postal fees will be the first in 30 years, apart from revisions made in relation to consumption tax hikes.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 18, 2023
Japan plans stamp price hike for letters to ¥110 from ¥84
Japan Post's standard postcards will also have their price increased from ¥63 to ¥85 under government's proposed plan in response to losses.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2023
Japan Times 1923: Youth ’fired’ for improving hotel, now he manages Tokyo Imperial!
A young upstart in 1923 shows his former employer at a hotel by rising up the ranks, while, 50 years later, a Japanese hotel opens in New York.
Japan Times
Mar 9, 2023
Many shuttered post offices have reopened since 2011 disaster
The disaster caused the temporary closure of 159 post offices, after they were destroyed or washed away. Of those, 120 had been reopened by last year.
Japan Times
Feb 26, 2023
Rural post offices begin hosting unmanned shops to help older residents
Some 3,000 of the roughly 24,000 post offices nationwide have embraced the service, stocking vegetables, daily necessities and other items.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2023
Japan Post retiring cheap postcards amid digital shift
For years, the company's international aerograms and postcards have allowed senders in Japan to convey messages to people abroad for just ¥90 and ¥70, respectively.
Japan Times
Feb 12, 2023
Japan eyes stockpiling disaster supplies at post offices
The government is considering using post offices to stockpile emergency supplies with an eye to delivering them to evacuation areas in the event of disasters.
Japan Times
Aug 5, 2022
Work stoppages and no chatting at lunch: Japan Inc. grapples with COVID
Relief for Japan's companies and the wider economy could be in sight as health experts project this wave of infection to peak early this month.
Japan Times
May 20, 2022
Japan Post resumes airmail services to Ukraine
Japan Post on Friday resumed accepting Express Mail Service and airmail bound for Ukraine after securing cargo space on aircraft.
Japan Times
Mar 11, 2022
Japan Post halts shipments by air to parts of Europe and Africa due to Ukraine war
Japan Post has announced that it will temporarily stop accepting letters to be sent by plane to 18 countries in Europe and Africa as the war in Ukraine hits air shipments.


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