Japanese travel agency JTB says a record number of people are planning to travel within Japan this summer.
The agency says more than 76-million people are expected to travel domestically for at least 2 days between July 15th and August 31st. That's up just over 2-percent from a year ago, and will be a record high for the period.
The company says Mount Fuji, recently chosen as a World Heritage site, is proving especially popular.
A team of about 70 rescue experts from Japan was set to arrive in the Nepalese capital on Monday afternoon to provide rescue and assistance following the devastating earthquake which has killed over 3,200 people. (Wall Street journal)
Japan's 140-member supergroup AKB48 is holding its second annual draft next month, in which sub-teams will choose new members from a draft of 48 young hopefuls. And among the finalists is one of the youngest potential members the group has ever seen. (Japan Today)
If you're tired of receiving vacant smiles and flippant customer service at your local grocery store, you may want to make a trip to Japan, where the customer always comes first and every transaction is concluded with a graceful bow. (rocketnews24.com)
Robots and dinosaurs mingled with cosplayers as Japan's largest video-sharing website Niconico on Saturday opened its two-day meet-up gala which is expected to attract more than 100,000 fans for the offline get together. (Japan Today)
Survivors and bereaved families of victims on Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of a fatal train derailment in western Japan that took the lives of 107 people, hoping such an accident never happens again. (Kyodo)
Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Friday took the acting chairman of the Kudo-kai organized crime group into custody for a shooting death that took place seven years ago, reports the Sankei Shimbun (April 24). (Tokyo Reporter)