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Cool Japan Guide / Festival season in Japan gets the mercury rising

Festival season in Japan gets the mercury rising
Japan Times - Jun 29, 2012

Across Japan, the June rainy season is about to give way to summer's searing heat that kicks in come July. That means one thing to music fans: Festival season is getting into full swing. (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120629r1.html
Many foreign tourists still steering clear of Tohoku region
Yomiuri - Jun 29, 2012

Many foreign tourists are avoiding trips to the disaster-hit prefectures of Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi due to lingering concerns about radioactive contamination and fears that another major earthquake or tsunami could strike the Tohoku region.
The number of tourists to the prefectures plunged after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Although Japanese visitors have gradually returned in growing numbers, the same cannot be said for visitors from overseas. The number of foreigners staying overnight in the prefectures nose-dived to about 90,000 in 2011 from about 330,000 in 2010. (Yomiuri)
Link: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120628004802.htm

Japan's two main airlines to launch Wi-Fi services on international flights
PC World - Jun 26, 2012

Japan's two main airlines will begin providing Wi-Fi on some international flights, with Japan Airlines to begin offering services next month.
JAL will start offering Wi-Fi from July 15 on flights between Tokyo and New York, it said. A one-hour plan will cost US$11.95, while 24 hours of access will cost US$21.95. The Wi-Fi will be offered for free through September for first class and other elite passengers. ...
(PC World)

Govt to improve intl airport services
Yomiuri - Jun 26, 2012

The Japan Tourism Agency plans to improve services at international airports in a bid to increase the number of foreign visitors to the country, agency sources said Monday.
The agency is considering establishing facilities within these airports to comprehensively offer foreigners tourism and transportation information and currency exchange services, the sources said. (Yomiuri)
Link: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120625004438.htm

JR East marks Tohoku Shinkansen Line 30 years of service
Japan Times - Jun 24, 2012

The Tohoku Shinkansen Line connecting Tokyo with northeastern Honshu marked 30 years in service Saturday, prompting East Japan Railway Co. to revive one of the original bullet trains from the Yamabiko service for a commemorative run between Saitama and Iwate prefectures. (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120624b2.html
News photo
(Rolling history lesson: An early model bullet train pulls out of JR Omiya Station in Saitama Prefecture
bound for Iwate Prefecture to celebrate the Tohoku Shinkansen Line's 30th year in operation Saturday.)

Foreign visitors jump 87% in May
Yomiuri - Jun 24, 2012

The number of people visiting Japan in May shot up 87 percent from a year before to 669,000, the Japan National Tourism Organization has said.
The surge reflects a sharp rebound from the fall a year earlier in the wake of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami and the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Yomiuri)
Link: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120623003090.htm

By TS on Jul 2, 2012
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