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.
Trade chiefs from 12 countries involved in an ambitious Pacific free trade initiative started a three-day meeting Saturday in Sydney in a bid to make progress toward a U.S.-proposed goal of reaching a deal by year-end. (Kyodo)
Japan will check the recent travel histories of all people arriving at international airports in the country to identify those who have visited Ebola-affected West African countries, the health ministry said Friday. (The Japan News)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)