Japan's All Nippon Airways says it plans to revise a television commercial that drew objections over its portrayal of Caucasians.
A spokesman for ANA, Ryosei Nomura, said Monday the airline intended for the ad to encourage Japanese to be more international. But he said the carrier would change it after receiving negative comments and phone calls.
The ad pokes fun at the reserved image of Japanese as two characters discuss plans for more international flights out of Tokyo's Haneda International Airport. But it ends with one donning a long, pointy nose and blond wig apparently meant to portray a Westerner.
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)
Sales of special Suica cards to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station were canceled soon after they began Saturday, as a large crowd of people flooded the area. (The Japan News)
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)