TRAVEL

Aug 01
Foreign visitors in Japan spent more than 880 billion yen, or seven billion dollars, in the April-June period. (NHK)
Jul 29
A Japan Airlines aircraft nearly tried to take off from a taxiway at Singapore’s Changi Airport on July 12 as pilots mistakenly thought the Boeing 767 jet was on a runway, an act that could have led to a crash with other planes, JAL said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Jul 29
The Japanese government is set to put forward the island of Okinoshima in Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, and related ancient sites in the region for UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2017. (Jiji Press)
Jul 29
The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry decided Monday to launch in fiscal 2016 a certification program to make cycle roads more attractive for trips around the country. (The Japan News)
Jul 27
One day in June, a group of 17 people, mostly women wearing colorful outfits, got together at a scenic lakeside area at the foot of Mount Kita-Yatsugatake in Nagano Prefecture. (Japan Times)
Jul 27
About 200 vendors and wholesalers turned out at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market on the morning of July 27 for the unveiling of a board showing the countdown to the market’s relocation in the Toyosu waterfront in Koto Ward. (Asahi)
Jul 27
Tropical storm Halola has become a tropical depression over waters north of Japan’s western island of Kyushu. (NHK)
Jul 26
A strong typhoon brought fierce winds, heavy rain and high waves to Okinawa and a nearby island chain in southwestern Japan on Saturday, causing dozens of flights to be cancelled. (Kyodo)
Jul 25
Tens of thousands of spectators have packed the streets of Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto, to watch a parade of colorfully decorated floats in the annual Gion Festival. (NHK)
Jul 24
Typhoon Halola remained on a west-northwest track, as it has for most of the week. Its latest forecast track edges it slightly away from Okinawa and the southeastern Korean peninsula and a tad closer to Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southwestern Japan, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. (stripes.com)