TRAVEL – 4

Mar 06
An amusement park themed on the world of Finland’s Moomin fairytale characters will open on March 16 in Saitama Prefecture, its operator said Tuesday. (Japan Today)

Mar 05
Japan’s transport ministry has installed a body scanner at a subway station in Tokyo on a trial basis to check for dangerous objects.
(NHK)

Mar 02
The operator of Narita International Airport near Tokyo said Thursday it will introduce in spring 2020 a facial recognition technology-based system that enables passengers to board planes, after check-in, without showing their passports or boarding passes.
(Japan Times)

Mar 01
The estimated number of foreign guests at hotels and other types of accommodations in the country hit a record 88.59 million in 2018, the Japan Tourism Agency said Thursday. (Japan Times)

Feb 27
The international terminal at Haneda airport in Tokyo will be renamed Terminal 3 in March 2020 as part of large-scale renovations to cope with an increase in international flights ahead of the Olympics and Paralympics, sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Feb 27
Hokkaido in the winter is cold and if you go to the very north coast along the Sea of Okhotsk, you’ll find Abashiri (網走市) 260km / 165mi north of Sapporo. (ONLY in JAPAN)

Feb 26
Power outages disrupted train services between Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture for more than four hours on Monday morning, affecting about 280,000 commuters.
(NHK)

Feb 25
Japan’s transport ministry says it will be testing body scanners at a busy Tokyo subway station next month. The scanners will screen dangerous objects hidden beneath clothing.
(NHK)

Feb 25
Purchases by foreign tourists at department stores in Japan have dropped, despite a record number of overseas visitors. It marks the first decrease in more than 2 years.
(NHK)

Feb 23
All Nippon Airways said Friday it was forced to delay a domestic flight earlier this week after a co-pilot failed an alcohol breath test despite new rules. (Japan Today)