Articles tagged “japan”

Japan’s Tourism Gains Offset by Tensions With South Korea

Japan’s Tourism Gains Offset by Tensions With South Korea

Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg

Japan has made a big push to grow its tourism industry with a slew of high-profile sporting events. But tensions with its neighbor South Korea are diminishing the tourism gains it's otherwise making.

2 days ago

Japan’s Wake-Up Call on Climate Change: Flooded Bullet Trains

Japan’s Wake-Up Call on Climate Change: Flooded Bullet Trains

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

The reality is that countries at risk must prepare for natural disasters of increasing frequency and intensity. Governments need to grapple with investment in emergency preparedness and infrastructure built to withstand events like Typhoon Hagibis that, while extremely costly, can no longer be neglected.

3 days ago

Japan’s Narita Moves to Accommodate Late-Night Airport Arrivals

Japan’s Narita Moves to Accommodate Late-Night Airport Arrivals

Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg

It's about time Narita became friendlier to international travelers, who are favoring flying in and out of Haneda, which is much closer to Tokyo.

2 months ago

Travel Winners and Losers in Northeast Asia’s Conflicts

Travel Winners and Losers in Northeast Asia’s Conflicts

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Current conflicts in Northeast Asia do not stop people from traveling to and from the region, but they do redirect tourism flows, benefiting some destinations and hurting others.

2 months ago

Look Who’s Issuing Travel Advisories Now for the U.S. Since Dayton and El Paso

Look Who’s Issuing Travel Advisories Now for the U.S. Since Dayton and El Paso

Rosie Spinks, Skift

In the wake of the mass shootings that claimed 31 lives in early August, several authorities have issued travel alerts for travelers headed to the U.S. Whether it's a statement or a matter of safety — or both — it's significant.

2 months ago

#BoycottJapan Trending in South Korea, Impacting Travel

#BoycottJapan Trending in South Korea, Impacting Travel

Heejin Kim and Jihye Lee, Bloomberg

It's not the first time political tensions in north Asia have an impact on travel. Remember China's curb on trips to South Korea in 2017? Now Japan's tourism industry can expect a fall in arrivals from South Korea, where Instagrammers are flagging their flight cancellations for others to follow.

3 months ago

Japan’s Ridehailing Ban Forces Uber to Think Up Unique Strategies

Japan’s Ridehailing Ban Forces Uber to Think Up Unique Strategies

Takahiko Hyuga and Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

Uber wants to grow in Japan, home to its biggest investor. But ridehailing is banned there. What's a person to do? Come up with innovations, some of which it can carry globally. Here's how.

3 months ago

Airbnb Says Japan Listings Have Soared Back After Last Year’s Freeze

Airbnb Says Japan Listings Have Soared Back After Last Year’s Freeze

Pavel Alpeyev and Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Airbnb invested $30 million to return the number of listings year-ago levels, before Japan implemented the Minpaku law. Good that it did this well before the 2020 Olympics. But there’s more competition now as hotel supply has increased. Even disruptive players such as Oyo Hotels and Homes are in the ring.

4 months ago

Japan Wants Its Tourism Revenues to Match Increasing Visitor Numbers

Japan Wants Its Tourism Revenues to Match Increasing Visitor Numbers

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Japan wants to attract more luxury travelers. That sounds rich, considering a Japan holiday is for most people a luxury trip. But having more arrivals without a corresponding increase in tourism dollars is indeed vexing — just ask Singapore — and Japan is right in trying to redress it.

4 months ago

Japan Tests the World’s Fastest High-Speed Train

Japan Tests the World’s Fastest High-Speed Train

Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg

Japan competes with China in building the world's fastest trains. Around 2030, JR East’s Alfa-X bullet train may become Japan's fastest-ever bullet train in service, capable of speeds of as much as 400 kilometers (249 miles) per hour. But expect China to respond in kind.

5 months ago

Japan-Built Mitsubishi Regional Jet Finally Set to Take Flight

Japan-Built Mitsubishi Regional Jet Finally Set to Take Flight

Masatsugu Horie, Bruce Einhorn, and Kyunghee Park

Japan finally breaks into the regional jet market with the much-delayed debut of Mitsubishi’s MRJ aircraft. Its timing is quite favorable, following rival Bombardier's sale of its C Series airliner project to Airbus last year.

6 months ago

What Retailer Muji Gets Right With Its New Flagship Hotel in Tokyo

What Retailer Muji Gets Right With Its New Flagship Hotel in Tokyo

Colin Nagy, Skift

More travelers want a lower price point without sacrificing aesthetics and vibe. Much can be learned from Muji's example in Tokyo, particularly the product integration and room design.

6 months ago