A humanoid robot is offering boarding information to passengers at Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
Japan Airlines introduced the 60-centimeter-tall robot, which speaks 3 languages, on Tuesday. It is aimed especially at accommodating the surge of Chinese travelers during the Lunar New Year holidays.
The robot uses cute gestures to notify passengers in Chinese and English that their boarding times are approaching and to remind them about security checks.
It will operate on a trial basis through next week.
The robot currently speaks Japanese far better. It can converse in Japanese with passengers to answer up to 7 questions, such as where to board and the weather at the travel destination.
Typhoon No. 10 may become "very strong" and proceed along an unusual course to land on Honshu as early as Tuesday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways says it will cancel more than 300 flights of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet over the coming weeks due to a problem with the plane's engine parts.
Mt Fuji is increasingly becoming a popular destination for foreign tourists amid a record-breaking number of people visiting Japan from abroad.
The transport ministry will likely extend support for efforts to increase the number of foreign visitors arriving at regional airports, including cuts in landing fees or exemption from such payments, sources said.
Japanese weather officials are warning of floods, landslides and high waves as a powerful storm has made landfall on the country's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.
Visitors planning an overseas trip to Japan yesterday were hit with unwelcome news. Many of their flights had been canceled, thanks to multiple typhoons wreaking havoc over Japan.
Railways and air carriers say more people have been on the move in Japan during the mid-August summer holidays, called Obon.
All Nippon Airways Co. is considering launching tours that allow pet dogs to travel in the cabin with their owners.
Strong winds from a typhoon forced air traffic controllers to temporarily abandon the control tower at Narita International Airport on Monday, shutting down one of Tokyo's two main airports for about an hour. Hundreds of domestic flights were canceled at the city's other major airport.
Spring Airlines Japan has launched only its fifth route from Tokyo Narita (NRT). On 20 August the LCC began daily service to Sapporo Chitose (CTS) using its 737-800s.