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Aug 08
All Nippon Airways launched the world's first regular flight service using a Boeing 787-9 passenger jet Thursday. (The Japan News)
Aug 07
The Great Buddha statue in the ancient capital of Nara, western Japan, has been cleaned in an annual mid-summer ritual. (NHK)
Aug 05
Tests for a facial recognition system were launched at two international airports in the Tokyo area on Monday, as part of efforts to smooth immigration control procedures going into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Jiji Press)
Aug 05
The transport ministry has decided to request that airport business operators voluntarily run criminal background checks on employees before issuing entry permits to restricted areas at airports. (The Japan News)
Aug 05
In response to a growing number of Muslim visitors, Japan will survey the nation's halal certification process to help ensure that halal food offered by domestic restaurants complies with Islamic tenets. (Nikkei)
Aug 05
About 80 trees are at risk of falling down and damaging cultural properties in the UNESCO World Heritage-designated "Shrines and Temples of Nikko," due to rotten trunks or other problems, according to a recent survey. (The Japan News)
Aug 04
Seeking romance worthy of a fairy tale, young women from across Japan visit Imamiyajinja shrine here in Kyoto's Nishijin district to buy a lucky amulet that might help them snag a rich husband. (Asahi)
Aug 04
The Nihonbashi district prospered as Japan's financial and trade center after shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu moved the capital to Edo, the old name for Tokyo, in the early 17th century. (Japan Times)
Aug 03
One of Japan's biggest summer festivals has kicked off in the northeastern city of Aomori. (NHK)
Aug 02
The Japanese unit of Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines Co. opened three Japanese routes Friday following two postponements caused by training delays. (Japan Times)
Jul 31
Tokyo sightseeing bus operator Hato Bus Co. said Wednesday it will offer more of its popular bus and boat tours to famous "haunted" places with a professional storyteller. (Japan Times)
Jul 29
People prayed for good health as they walked through a giant wreath at a temple in the ancient capital of Nara. (NHK)
Jul 28
Japanese officials plan to call on local banks and convenience store chains to install automated teller machines that accept bank and credit cards issued abroad. (NHK)
Jul 27
An express train service from Narita International Airport to Kawaguchiko Station in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji began on Saturday. (Japan Today)
Jul 27
A tank re-creating the conditions in the sea near the Kerama Islands in Okinawa Prefecture is now on display in front of the Sony Building in Tokyo's Ginza district. (The Japan News)
Jul 27
Four hundred rail fans had an opportunity to take a look at the inside of a rare, almost mythical, version of the bullet train nicknamed "Doctor Yellow" for the first time ever Saturday. (Japan Times)
Jul 24
Colorfully decorated floats have paraded through the streets of Japan's ancient capital Kyoto in the climax of the monthlong Gion Festival. (NHK)
Jul 24
The end of the rainy season is typically marked by the staging of summer festivals around the nation. Though such festivities were once suspended in areas hit by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, local people are again putting on their festivals, with some festivities similar to pre-disaster days. (The Japan News)
Jul 23
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in the first half of 2014 hit a record high of 6.26 million thanks to the yen's weakness and increased international flights at Tokyo's Haneda airport, a government body said Wednesday. (Nikkei)
Jul 22
Excitement is building as the month-long Gion Festival, one of the nation's most celebrated festivals, prepares over the next few days to revive a tradition for the first time in 49 years. (Asahi)
Jul 22
As geisha numbers continue to dwindle, performers in western Tokyo's Hachioji are stepping out of the shadows of their private "floating world" and into the public domain. (Asahi)
Jul 22
As comedian and noted lover of cinnamon rolls and burritos Jim Gaffigan famously said, going whale watching is kind of boring. It's a handful of hours of waiting around, a brief glimpse of "something I wouldn't even watch on television," and then your most likely drunk tour captain whisking you back to shore in time for happy hour. (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 19
A capsule hotel catering to those who take early morning flights is scheduled to open Sunday in a parking garage adjacent to Narita International Airport's Terminal 2. (Japan Times)
Jul 19
A new model of the Tokyo Monorail's 10000 series leaves Haneda Airport Terminal 2 Station in Ota Ward, Tokyo, on Friday morning, as Rino Sashihara of the idol group HKT48, second from left-appointed stationmaster for a day-and other station staff members give the signal. (The Japan News)
Jul 19
The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry Friday called for steps to be taken to shorten waiting time for immigration examinations at two of the country's four major international airports. (The Japan News)
Jul 18
Residents of Kyoto have paraded colorfully decorated floats through the streets of Japan's old capital, a highlight of the month-long Gion summer festival. (NHK)
Jul 16
A village in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan, has depicted Mount Fuji in a paddy using rice plants. (NHK)
Jul 16
Japan Airlines (JAL) staff at Tokyo's Haneda airport are being provided with smartwatches that work in conjunction with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, to give management a way to assign staff more efficiently and respond more swiftly to customer requests. (nfcworld.com)
Jul 16
A major Japanese real estate company has discovered a natural hot spring in the heart of Tokyo's main business district. (NHK)
Jul 16
MIYOSHI, Tokushima Prefecture--A bronze statue of a naked little boy urinating off a sheer cliff into the valley far below attests to local lore that this was once a test of courage for boys. (Asahi)
Jul 15
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka on Tuesday. The attraction, which has proved a big hit at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida, is the first Harry Potter themed area outside the United States. (Japan Today)
Jul 15
Narita International Airport is expecting a 5 percent fall in cross-border passengers in the upcoming summer vacation period from a year earlier, due largely to airlines having shifted some flights to Haneda, the other international gateway closer to central Tokyo, according to the airport operator. (Kyodo)
Jul 15
East Japan Railway plans to build by the mid-2020s a new line linking Haneda Airport and downtown Tokyo that would slash travel time to roughly 20 minutes, helping to make it a more convenient Asian hub for travelers. (Nikkei)
Jul 14
The $444 million (¥45 billion) Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction that opens July 15 at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka is predicted to bring in an extra two million admissions annually to the park. (hollywoodreporter.com)
Jul 14
It began with a massive eruption at least 90,000 years ago at the nearby Mount Aso, Japan's largest active volcano. Water from the Gokase River then took its time eroding the lava to carve out one of the most scenic spots in Japan - the Takachiho Gorge. (straitstimes.com)
Jul 13
People in Tokyo on Saturday walk on newly built tracks between Akihabara and Kanda stations. (The Japan News)
Jul 13
Todaiji temple is set to make its first repairs in 20 years to two more than 800-year-old wooden Nio statues that stand guard at the famed Nandaimon gate. (Asahi)
Jul 12
The government plans to recommend a group of Christian churches and related sites in the country's southwest to be registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2016, officials said Thursday. (The Japan News)
Jul 09
Eighty-four masterpieces, including Manet's "The Fife Player," are on display at an exhibition titled "The Birth of Impressionism-Freedom in Painting: Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay," at the National Art Center, Tokyo in Roppongi district. (The Japan News)
Jul 09
Japan Airlines is to introduce an inflight internet service (JAL Sky Wi-Fi) on domestic routes. (Japan Today)
Jul 08
A new space museum, TeNQ, opens Tuesday at the Tokyo Dome City commercial complex in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. (The Japan News)
Jul 08
The standard vehicle models for taxis are expected to switch from sedans to minivans with a ceiling height 18 to 45 centimeters higher, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
Jul 08
Low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia X said Monday that its direct flights to Japan's Narita and Kansai airports from Bangkok will start on Sept. 1, and it is offering the first 50,000 seats booked online for a promotional price of 2,990 baht ($92) one-way. (Nikkei)
Jul 06
Akiruno City in Tokyo is home to a theme park called Tokyo Summerland. Covering a huge area in the Akigawa Hills, it features an amusement park called "Thrill Mountain" and two water parks: the indoor "Adventure Dome" and the outdoor "Adventure Lagoon". (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 05
An annual festival showcasing Japanese culture and cuisine is drawing huge crowds in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (NHK)
Jul 05
Although six months have passed since the Tokyo metropolitan government began its 24-hour bus service between the Shibuya and Roppongi districts in December last year, passengers began to dwindle soon after the service got off to a good start. (The Japan News)
Jul 04
JR East plans to give its Yamanote line trains in Tokyo a new look from autumn 2015. (Japan Today)
Jul 03
Readers of a major US travel magazine have chosen Kyoto as the world's best city to visit. (NHK)
Jul 03
Every July tourists flock to the Gion Festival in Kyoto for the chance to see a parade of sumptuously decorated floats pass through the heart of the city. (nippon.com)
Jul 03
East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced Wednesday that it will begin a large-scale renovation of the square in front of Tokyo Station's Marunouchi side and its basement area ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. (The Japan News)
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