Travel to Japan booms

February 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, Trade Talk

TOKYO, 24 February 2017: The Japan National Tourism Organisation reports visitors to Japan reached 24.04 million during 2016.

This represents the largest on record since JNTO started to keep statistics in 1964.

Over the last three years, visits have grown 2.4 times. Read more

STB and JTB sign landmark MoU

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 22 February 2017: Japanese tour giant, JTB Corporation and the Singapore Tourism Board, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote Singapore as a key destination during 2017.

This is the first MOU between STB and a commercial travel organisation in Japan.

It will focus specifically on the objective of attracting 90,000 Japanese tourists through joint campaigns. Read more

Hotel group in hot water again

February 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 16 February 2017: The operator of a Japanese hotel chain already in hot water for denying a Japanese World War II atrocity has come under fire for reported anti-Semitic remarks.

Toshio Motoya is CEO of APA Group, which calls itself Japan’s largest hotel chain, and has drawn China criticism for writing a book denying the 1937 Nanjing massacre happened and placing the book in hundreds of APA hotel rooms.

The group also runs 40 hotels in North America and its February edition of an in-house magazine for guests staying at its Canada properties contained the anti-Semitic remarks. Read more

China’s tourism leaders boycott hotel group

January 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 26 January 2017: China’s tourism authority called Tuesday for a boycott of Tokyo-based hotel group APA in an escalating row over a book by the company’s CEO denying a Japanese wartime massacre took place.

Copies of the book asserting that the 1937 massacre by Japanese soldiers in the Chinese city of Nanjing did not occur have been placed in hundreds of rooms operated by the APA hotel group, angering Beijing.

APA has so far refused to remove copies of the book, written under a pen name by its CEO Toshio Motoya, despite Chinese criticism. Read more

Demystifying the Japanese loo

January 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 19 January 2017: Japan’s toilet chiefs say they have come up with a plan to stop tourists getting their knickers in a twist over the country’s mind-bogglingly high-tech loos.

Under new guidelines, manufacturers will use the same eight pictograms to tell users which button flushes, which one fires a frighteningly accurate jet of water at the backside and what to press to close the lid.

Japan has been drawing record numbers of tourists in recent years and Tokyo is expecting millions of visitors when it hosts the Olympic Games in 2020. Read more

Peach powers up Thai service

January 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 January 2017: Peach Aviation, a Japanese low-cost airline, will introduce a new route connecting Bangkok and Okinawa in Japan next month.

The carrier will launch daily flights from Okinawa to Bangkok starting 19 February and from Bangkok to Okinawa 20 February.

Speaking at a press conference, last Thursday, the airline representative director and CEO, Shinichi Inoue, said the upcoming service would be the airline’s first route  to a destination in Southeast Asia. Read more

JNTO opens office in Hanoi

November 24, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 24 November 2016: Japan National Tourism Organisation will open its first Vietnamese representation office  in Hanoi following approval by Japan’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Local media reported the JNTO office will provide information on Japan for Vietnamese travellers and support Vietnamese travel companies that are selling trips to Japan.

It will be responsible for marketing and sales campaigns to attract more Vietnamese to visit Japan. Read more

Peach buys aircraft

November 21, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 21 November 2016: Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation said Friday it would buy 13 Airbus aircraft valued at almost USD1.4 billion as part of its expansion plans to cash in on a pick-up in demand for air travel in the country.

Peach, an affiliate of major Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA), agreed to buy 10 fuel-efficient A320neos and three conventional A320ceos, it said in a statement.

The new aircraft are to be used for Peach’s “business expansion” it said. Read more

Need a pick-me-up?

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under North Asia, Travel Logs

TOKYO, 17 October 2016: Try a lychee-flavoured coffee infused with jasmine, or a ‘Chardonnay’ espresso served in a wine glass — whatever your taste, Japan’s swashbuckling baristas are bringing some serious sex appeal to the drink.

In a country famous for its tea, the Japanese are increasingly turning to coffee as a quick-fix to help ease the daily grind. Hipster cafés are popping up everywhere, offering exquisitely curated beverages to satisfy even the fussiest of caffeine addicts.

Japan imports over 430,000 tonnes of coffee a year — behind only the United States and Germany — and boasts some of the world’s top baristas. Read more

Typhoon causes airline chaos

August 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TOKYO, 23 August 2016: A powerful typhoon struck near Tokyo on Monday, the first in 11 years to come ashore in the densely populated region, temporarily shutting down a major city airport and grounding more than 500 flights nationwide.

Typhoon Mindulle made landfall at about 1230 (0330 GMT) in Tateyama city 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

As of 1900 the storm — packing gusts up to 144 kilometres per hour — was moving through Fukushima prefecture north of Tokyo and heading north-northeast at 35 kilometres per hour, the agency said. Read more

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