The travel industry is stepping up efforts to cash in on Mt. Fuji's listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is expected to create "special demand" just as the summer holiday season nears.
East Japan Railway Co., in collaboration with Fujikyuko Co., will halve the fares for foreign visitors who travel by its trains and buses from Tokyo's 23 wards to the fifth station on Mt. Fuji from July 1. A similar campaign last year sold 1,600 tickets.
"We hope to improve on that figure this year," a JR East official said.
On Sunday, Prince Hotels, Inc. launched a special accommodation plan for 15 rooms at the Prince Hakone in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, that offer a view of Mt. Fuji. The room charge, 22,300 yen per night per person, is about 20 percent lower than the regular price. The "223" figure represents a play on the Japanese pronunciation for "Fujisan" when represented as numerals.
Government figures show a sharp and continuous fall-off in the number of farmers over the past five years that potentially threatens the landscape as its stewards leave the sector and are not replaced. (Japan Times)
Japan plans to boost financial aid to developing countries to help them tackle climate change by providing about ¥1.3 trillion (about $10.6 billion) a year by 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday. (The Japan News)
The Japanese government plans to tighten its energy-efficiency standards for lamps to effectively ban production and imports of fluorescents and incandescents, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
No major gangster bloodbath has occurred in the three months since Japan's largest yakuza organization, Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two rival mobs, but to say the sides are living in harmony would be an exaggeration. (Asahi)
A 60-year-old man in Tochigi Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, who claims to be an exorcist was arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing a diabetic boy by halting the administration of insulin, police said. (Japan Today)
Police and animal protection center officials captured the last of two emus, an ostrich-like bird from Australia, that escaped from a farm in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, earlier this month. (Japan Times)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested the head of an adult video (AV) label specializing in productions featuring gay men for employing an underage male actor, reports Nippon News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)