Japan's National Consumer Affairs Center called for caution by users of low-cost carriers Thursday following a sharp rise in complaints about their services and urged such airlines to make improvements.
In the year that ended in March, the consumer body's number of consultations related to LCCs more than quadrupled from the previous year to 579.
In many cases, those budget airlines offered no final confirmation screens on their Web sites for reservations, and consumers who completed bookings without final confirmations were forced to pay unexpected charges for changing names and baggage fees.
After a week of speculation, law enforcement said on Tuesday that Japan's largest crime syndicate has chosen to expel 13 affiliate groups, a move that essentially results in the dissolution of the gang, reports the Kobe Shimbun (Sep. 1). (Tokyo Reporter)
Kenjiro Sano, whose logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was scrapped Tuesday, stood by his design but said he decided to retract the logo because he felt his design did not have the support of the public and was marring the image of the Tokyo Olympics. (Japan Times)
Chiba Prefectural Police on Wednesday busted a hostess club in Chiba City for licensing violations, with the business being a source of revenue for organized crime, reports TBS News (Sep. 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
HIROSAKI, Aomori - The tower of Hirosaki Castle, a state-designated important cultural asset, is being towed dozens of meters away from its original location as part of a project to repair its stone walls. (The Japan News)