Articles tagged “japan”

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Japan Reduces Number of Incoming Guest Workers Despite Labor Shortage

Japan Reduces Number of Incoming Guest Workers Despite Labor Shortage

Emi Urabe and Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg

The hotel and restaurant industries may rely on guest workers, but in Japan, fewer of them will be available and people are watching how companies treat those workers as well.

5 months ago

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013

Jeff Sutherland, Bloomberg

With the Japanese government determined to rapidly grow tourism ahead of the fast-approaching 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we can be sure officials are doing what they can to make sure visitor numbers don't continue to tumble.

6 months ago

Japan’s Torrid Tourism Growth Loses Steam Due to Natural Disasters

Japan’s Torrid Tourism Growth Loses Steam Due to Natural Disasters

Gearoid Reidy, Bloomberg

Some tragic natural disasters in recent months have led to the slowest growth in Japanese tourism in more than 5 years. But let's keep perspective. Japan is still likely to enjoy record tourism this year and next.

8 months ago

Japan Is Joining the Crowded Race to Develop Flying Cars

Japan Is Joining the Crowded Race to Develop Flying Cars

Ma Jie and Kiyotaka Matsuda, Bloomberg

Japan is jumping into the flying car quest a little late, but its multifaceted approach seems sound. Still, as we've pointed out in the past, in the near term this solution is unlikely to be useful for the masses.

8 months ago

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.

8 months 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.

9 months 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.

9 months 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.

9 months 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?

10 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.

11 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.

11 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.

1 year ago