TRAVEL

Aug 20
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in July rose 26.6 pct from a year earlier to 1,269,700, the highest figure ever for any month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 20
Reflecting the ongoing economic recovery, the number of domestic travelers is expected to hit a record this summer, with many recently retired baby boomers hitting the road. (The Japan News)
Aug 20
East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, announced new plans on Tuesday for three train lines linking Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and key stations in the Japanese capital by building a new underground station and tunnel. (Jiji Press)
Aug 18
Trains were packed, flights full and highways congested on Sunday afternoon as the Obon holiday return rush peaked in Japan. (Japan Today)
Aug 17
The new Japanese unit of Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia plans to pick Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) in Aichi Prefecture as its main hub, AirAsia Japan President Yoshinori Odagiri said in a recent interview. (Japan Times)
Aug 16
Struggling low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines has announced drastic restructuring plans that include ending all its flights from Narita, cutting other domestic routes and raising fares, some by as high as 70%. (Japan Today)
Aug 15
Narita Airport Quarantine is strengthening measures to prevent the Ebola virus from entering Japan, in light of the deadly outbreak in parts of West Africa. (The Japan News)
Aug 14
In an attempt to prevent bird strikes, or birds flying into the engines of aircraft, Narita Airport has begun working with a professional falconer to conduct a series of tests in an effort to prevent such incidents. (Japan Today)
Aug 14
With the aim of deterring hijackings, Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department has started deploying plainclothes officers carrying guns on direct flights between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and the United States, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 13
Fireworks, the sound of cicadas and shaved ice desserts are some of the seasonal traditions this time of the year in Japan. But summer isn’t quite complete without the news of dreadful traffic congestion that takes place during the country’s Obon holiday period. (Wall Street Journal)