Articles tagged “japan”

Japan’s Gleaming Rail Giant JR East Endures on White-Glove Service

Japan’s Gleaming Rail Giant JR East Endures on White-Glove Service

Samantha Culp

Average train delays of 36 seconds every year? Who could complain about that kind of service? The Japanese icon JR East is one of the subjects in Skift's recent sixth anniversary book, For the Long Haul, Lessons on Business Longevity, whose chapters we are excerpting for you here in the coming weeks.

1 week ago

Instagram Gives Boost to Obscure Japanese Destinations Looking for More Tourism

Instagram Gives Boost to Obscure Japanese Destinations Looking for More Tourism

Won Jae Ko, Bloomberg

Call it the Instagram effect. The platform can be an economic driver for destinations desperate for more tourism, but many locales remain unprepared for how quickly social media can elevate their profiles.

2 weeks ago

Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling in a Boon to Resort Developers

Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling in a Boon to Resort Developers

Lisa Du and Maiko Takahashi, Bloomberg

After years of debate, Japan legalized casino gambling and created a path for three casino resorts to be built. Operators are lining up for their chance to get in on the building boom.

1 month ago

Japan is Finally Introducing Ride-Hailing Ahead of 2020 Summer Olympics

Japan is Finally Introducing Ride-Hailing Ahead of 2020 Summer Olympics

Won Jae Ko, Pavel Alpeyev, and Ma Jie, Bloomberg

Japan is slowly beginning to shed its isolated characteristics as it prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and also recently legalized alternative accommodations across the country. It will be interesting to see if taxis and successfully collaborate with ride-hailing apps, which hasn't been the case in many other countries.

1 month ago

Airbnb’s Partnership Strategy in Japan May Serve as Global Model

Airbnb’s Partnership Strategy in Japan May Serve as Global Model

Deanna Ting, Skift

Airbnb's moves in Japan are smart for its future growth. But again we can't help but wonder: Why is the company so willing to fully comply with local laws in certain regions, like Japan, but so reluctant to do the same in others, like New York City?

2 months ago

Airbnb Drops 80 Percent of Its Japan Listings Ahead of Tighter Laws

Airbnb Drops 80 Percent of Its Japan Listings Ahead of Tighter Laws

Yuki Furukawa and Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

Airbnb is the biggest of many companies affected by Japan's decision that owners must register their rentals. This move may partly lend support to some predictions that Airbnb will have fewer users worldwide this year than had been expected.

2 months ago

Uber Tests Its Service in Japan in the Hopes of Expanding Beyond Tokyo

Uber Tests Its Service in Japan in the Hopes of Expanding Beyond Tokyo

Ma Jie and Yuji Nakamura , Bloomberg

Under CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the company is pursuing its global expansion plans in a very different manner.

3 months ago

Paying to Be on the A-List

Paying to Be on the A-List

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Times are tough for legacy travel media brands and they are having to come up with more creative ways to cash in. But bringing in a charge for its A-List — no matter how this manifests itself — calls into question the idea of editorial independence.

5 months ago

Japan Resort Area Attracts Hotel Investments and Foreign Tourists

Japan Resort Area Attracts Hotel Investments and Foreign Tourists

Masahiro Hidaka, Bloomberg

Foreign tourism is up in Beppu, Japan, which is renowned for its hot springs, as domestic tourism wanes. The surge in foreign visitors has attracted hotel investment from International Hotels Group and Hoshino Resorts.

5 months ago

Japan Bullet Train Passengers Carrying Luggage Signaled Tourism Growth

Japan Bullet Train Passengers Carrying Luggage Signaled Tourism Growth

Livia Yap and Abhishek Vishno, Bloomberg

Japan's bullet trains have succeeded in getting travelers to use them. Tourism growth throughout the country has had a positive economic impact.

5 months ago

Uber’s Asia Expansion Strategy May Lead to Conflict With New Investor SoftBank

Uber’s Asia Expansion Strategy May Lead to Conflict With New Investor SoftBank

Yuji Nakamura, Bloomberg

Despite the advice of new investor SoftBank, Uber's CEO seems intent on taking a shot a new markets, such as Japan. The odds may be stacked against Uber in such locales, but the ridesharing company is exploring partnerships as entry points.

6 months ago

Japan Is Upping Its Tourism Game Before the 2020 Olympics

Japan Is Upping Its Tourism Game Before the 2020 Olympics

Laura Powell, Skift

Japan lags far behind its Asian tourism competition in attracting Western visitors. As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games approach, the country is adopting a new strategy for landing on the region's tourism medal stand.

6 months ago