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Legoland Japan Considered Boon to Local Tourism (News)

Nagoya, March 30 (Jiji Press)—Local government and business officials pin high hopes on an outdoor Legoland theme park set to open in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, on Saturday. Legoland Japan is considered to be a boon to tourism in the Chūbu central region as it is expected to attract two million visitors a year. "We hope the theme park will become a tourism destination," a city …

Toshiba Warns of ¥1 Trillion Annual Loss on Westinghouse Bankruptcy (News)

Tokyo, March 29 (Jiji Press)—Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday its consolidated net loss for the current business year could total ¥1.01 trillion, far exceeding its February estimate of ¥390 billion, due to its debt guarantee for US subsidiary Westinghouse Electric Co., which filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors with the bankruptcy court in New York the same day. Toshiba Nuclear Energy Hol…

Japan Team Conducts World’s First Transplant of Donor iPS Cells (News)

Kobe, March 28 (Jiji Press)—A team led by Japanese government-affiliated research institute Riken said Tuesday that it has carried out the world's first surgery to transplant into a patient retina cells created from donor iPS cells. By using a stockpile of induced pluripotent stem cells at Kyoto University, not iPS cells made from the patient's own mature cells, the team, including Kobe City Me…

Narita Airport to Introduce Self-Service Baggage Drop Machines (News)

Narita, Chiba Pref., March 28 (Jiji Press)—Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, on Tuesday unveiled self-service baggage drop machines for international flights. Narita Airport unveils its new self-check-in baggage machine on March 28, 2017. (© Jiji) Set to be introduced on Thursday, the baggage machines, along with self-check-in devices, are expected to help sho…

Japan Adopts Action Plan for Work Style Reform (News)

Tokyo, March 28 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government on Tuesday adopted an action plan for its work style reform, including the introduction of an overtime cap of less than 100 hours per month and the promotion of equal pay for equal work. The action plan was approved at a meeting of the government's Council for the Realization of Work Style Reform. After a review of the plan by the Labor Po…

Japan Could Block Toshiba Chip Business Sale to Foreign Firm (News)

Tokyo, March 28 (Jiji Press)—With embattled Toshiba Corp. looking for a buyer of its prized flash memory , the Japanese government plans to put any bid by a foreign company or fund under close scrutiny. As a result of a screening under the foreign exchange and foreign trade law, the government could seek to block the sale of the strategic business to a company from China, Taiwan or South Korea …

Osaka Bidding Committee for World Expo 2025 Launched (News)

Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)—A public-private committee on Osaka's bid to host the 2025 World Exposition was launched on Monday with the government seen submitting the western Japan city's candidacy as early as April. "Once we raise our hand, we must win the race," Sakakibara Sadayuki, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, said at the inaugural meeting of the bidding committ…

Honda to End 50-Year History of Monkey Motorcycle (News)

Tokyo, March 24 (Jiji Press)—Honda Motor Co. said Friday that it will cease the production of the Monkey, a 50-cc motorcycle, at the end of August, putting an end to its 50-year history. A special edition of the Monkey produced to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The model will be discontinued in August 2017. (Courtesy Honda Motor Co.; © Jiji) The Japanese company made the decision as th…

5,805 Foreigners Refused Entry to Japan in 2016 (News)

Tokyo, March 24 (Jiji Press)—The number of foreign visitors who were refused entry to Japan in 2016 rose 25.9% from the previous year to 5,805, the Justice Ministry said Friday. The figure surpassed 5,000 for the first time in eight years. By nationality, 1,683 Indonesians were turned away, the largest group, up 86.8% after inflows of visitors from the country surged under a visa waiver prog…

Japanese Firms Aiming to Spark European “Toilet Revolution” (News)

Frankfurt, March 24 (Jiji Press)—Japanese companies are boosting efforts in Europe to expand the use of high-tech toilet seats equipped with warm-water shower units that are popular in Japan. Toilet makers Toto and Lixil aim to revolutionize how Europeans use the lavatory by increasing the diffusion rate of such seats, which sits below 1% in Europe, compared to roughly 80% in Japan. Kitamura…

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