The operator of Kansai Airport said Friday that it will expand services to meet the dietary and prayer needs of Muslim customers, in response to rises in its number of Muslim visitors from the Southeast Asia.
New Kansai International Airport Co. will open three new prayer rooms of 50-120 square meters at a terminal building by March 2014, while closing the existing one.
The new prayer rooms, separated inside for men and women, will be open 24 hours a day and have facilities for users to purify their bodies before prayers.
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)