Japan's major travel agencies are canceling planned tours to Egypt, after growing tension in the country resulted in a military coup.
Although the financial damage from the cancellations is relatively small, travel agencies are disappointed. Sales from tours to Egypt had finally started to recover after the Arab Spring prodemocracy uprising in 2011.
For major travel agencies, most Egypt tour customers are retirees or senior citizens. A typical package tour costs around 200,000 to 300,000 yen for 7-10 days, including air tickets, hotels and escorted sightseeing.
According to JTB, July and August are considered off-season for Egypt tours, as local temperatures can go above 50 degrees Celsius during the day.
The probability for the Kanto region to be hit by a powerful earthquake - lower 6 or higher on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 - within 30 years has risen, the government panel's latest quake probability map showed Friday. (The Japan News)
A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells. (Japan Today)
The Niigata prefectural government started clearing a section of National Highway Route 405 in Tsunan in the prefecture on Friday, after a landslide mixed with snow blocked off about 50 meters of the road the night before. (The Japan News)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)