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Low-Cost Carriers Set for 10% Domestic Flight ShareJapan Data

Low-cost carriers offering budget airfares in exchange for no-frills service and streamlined operations are finally finding a place in Japan. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism reports that LCCs averaged a 10.1% share of domestic flights through October 2015, indicating that discount airlines are on the verge of solidifying a double-digit market share just four years after they began operating in Japan.
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Timeline for April 2016Japan Timeline

The retail electricity market opens up, the G7 foreign ministers gather in Hiroshima, and Kumamoto is rocked by earthquakes. All these and more are the top stories for Japan in April 2016.
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Public Transit Smart Cards in JapanJapan Glances

Suica, Pasmo, Icoca, and other smart cards help keep Japan’s many public transport users moving. Stored credit on the cards can also be used for many ordinary transactions.
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“Ryokan” (Traditional Inns)Japan Glances

Ryokan offer guests the chance to enjoy traditional Japanese accommodation, cuisine, and other customs. Long popular with domestic tourists, they are now attracting a growing number of international visitors.
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Japan’s ¥100 ShopsJapan Glances

More than discount pavilions packed with an array of products, Japan’s ¥100 shops have forged reputations for quality items and daily necessities. Recently, stores have also gained popularity among overseas visitors.
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Donating to Support Kumamoto Earthquake Relief EffortsJapan Data

From April 14 to April 16, a series of powerful earthquakes caused more than 40 fatalities in Kumamoto and Ōita Prefectures on the island of Kyūshū. This article presents information on how to make donations to support relief efforts.
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Multilingual Information for Foreigners Affected by the Kumamoto EarthquakesJapan Data

A string of quakes centered in Kumamoto and Ōita Prefectures have severely disrupted communities throughout the region. Below is multilingual information and services for foreign residents and travelers in the area.
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Preparing for the Big One: New Earthquake Measures Unveiled for Tokyo Metropolitan AreaJapan Data

On March 29 the Japanese government rolled out a new emergency response plan in the event of a major earthquake rattling Tokyo and the surrounding metropolitan region. The strategy outlines procedures for mobilizing disaster relief personnel, transporting emergency aid, and other vital measures following a major temblor.
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Electronics Chains in JapanJapan Glances

Electronics stores in major Japanese cities can be huge, with an incredible variety of goods spread across multiple floors.
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Japanese StationeryJapan Glances

A host of stylish and inventive stationery products made in Japan have achieved success in both the domestic and global marketplace.
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Timeline for March 2016Japan Timeline

A court order forces Takahama Nuclear Power Station to halt operations, the Hokkaidō Shinkansen service starts, and the nation marks five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Here are the major news stories of March 2016.
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Japan’s Foreign Population Climbs to All-Time HighJapan Data

The population of non-Japanese living in Japan grew to a new high of over 2.23 million in 2015, boosted by a 15% increase in both foreign students and participants in a government technical trainee program.
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Rebranding the DPJ: Old Wine in a New Bottle?Japan Data

On March 27, the Democratic Party of Japan—previously the nation’s number one opposition party—merged with the smaller Japan Innovation Party in a bid to unify Japan’s badly fragmented opposition going into this summer’s House of Councillors election.
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Hokkaidō Shinkansen Guide: Routes, Trains, Fares, and SightsJapan Data

We provide an overview of the new Hokkaidō Shinkansen offering service between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Stations, including the route and fares, as well as nearby points of interest.
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Cherry Blossom ArchipelagoJapan Data

The sakura (cherry blossom) season gets into full swing in mid-March across much of Japan, with differing varieties of flowers coming into full bloom at various times and places over a two-month period.
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Supermarkets in JapanJapan Glances

Japanese supermarkets range from small neighborhood outlets stocked with daily items to sprawling stores offering a wide selection of food and other products. Many attract customers with special offers and dishes freshly made in-store.
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