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Apr 17 Tokyo Station platform roof to be replaced
The entire roof of a JR Tokyo Station platform will be removed and replaced for first time since the station opened in 1914, according to East Japan Railway Co. (The Japan News )
Apr 17 Spectacular snow walls
People enjoy viewing the 15-meter snow walls of the Yuki no Otani (Great Snow Valley), along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that passes through the Northern Japan Alps to link Toyama and Nagano prefectures. (The Japan News )
Apr 16 Mt. Hiyori regains status as shortest mountain
Mt. Hiyori in Miyagino Ward, Sendai, has regained its status as "the shortest mountain in Japan" for the first time in 18 years. (The Japan News )
Apr 15 Visa waiver eyed for tourists from Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam
The government and the ruling coalition are making arrangements to waive visas for tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam as one of the initiatives in a revised action plan due out in June to make Japan a tourism-oriented country, government sources said Monday. (Kyodo )
Apr 15 Spring festival in Takayama starts
The Takayama Spring Festival in central Japan kicked off on Monday with its traditional float parade. (NHK )
Apr 13 600 million dreamers
Mickey Mouse and friends celebrate the 600 millionth visitor to Tokyo Disney Resort's two theme parks (The Japan News )
Apr 13 'Galaxy train' aims to boost Tohoku area
East Japan Railway Co. launched a special train service on the JR Kamaishi Line in Iwate Prefecture on Saturday, using a restored C58 steam locomotive in a bid to help revive the local economy hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (The Japan News )
Apr 12 AirAsia to return to Japan 'like Caesar' in 2015, Ibaraki a potential base
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said the group would return to Japan "like Caesar", adding the group has found "fantastic partners" who are "bright in technology, can talk to the government on equal terms, and revolutionalise the Japanese market". (centreforaviation.com )
Apr 11 Carry-on liquids allowed on connecting flights at Narita
Transit passengers arriving at Narita Airport will be allowed to bring alcohol and other liquids on board from Thursday if they undergo advanced security checks before transferring to another international flight. (The Japan News )
Apr 10 Kyoto Imperial Palace opened to public
The Kyoto Imperial Palace has been opened to the public for its annual spring showing. (NHK )
Apr 08 Delivery begins for Hokuriku Shinkansen cars
Brand new bullet train cars are on their way to a train yard on the Sea of Japan in preparation for the launch of a new Shinkansen line. (NHK )
Apr 07 400-year-old cherry tree in full bloom
A 400-year-old weeping cherry tree is in full bloom at a Buddhist temple in Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan. (NHK )
Apr 06 Tsunami-Hit Sanriku Railway Set for Full Service Restart
Sanriku Railway Co. in Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, is on the verge of fully restoring its operations that were disrupted by the tsunami from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011. (Jiji Press )
Apr 05 Palace street opened to public view
Known for its beautiful cherry trees, Inui-dori street in the Imperial Palace was opened to the public Friday for the first time ever during cherry blossom season. (The Japan News )
Apr 04 Japan to stop advising pregnant women to avoid hot springs
The Japanese Environment Ministry will remove an advisory recommending pregnant women avoid using hot springs, concluding it has no scientific basis, officials said Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 04 Tokyo police launch antiterror unit at Haneda Airport
Tokyo police launched an antiterrorism unit on Thursday to be prepared for possible hijackings and other terror attacks targeting Tokyo International Airport at Haneda. (Jiji Press )
Mar 31 Jumbo makes last domestic flight
The Boeing 747 is making its final domestic passenger flight in Japan on Monday. The "jumbo" jet made its debut in this country more than 4 decades ago, giving rise to an era of mass air travel. (NHK )
Mar 31 Tokyo's Haneda Airport expands international flights
The number of takeoff and landing slots for international flights increased at Tokyo's Haneda airport Sunday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 30 Govt. to expand stay for foreign workforce
The Japanese government plans to allow foreign trainees in a government-sponsored technical internship program in the construction sector to extend their stay as a temporary measure. (NHK )
Mar 29 Japan to bid farewell to 747 'jumbo'
Japanese plane buffs will say a fond farewell to the "jumbo jet" this month as the Boeing 747 makes its final scheduled flight in the country. (channelnewsasia.com )
Mar 27 ANA gives Boeing a boost with 777X order
ANA Holdings Inc (9202.T) restored Boeing Co's (BA.N) momentum in a Japanese market it has long dominated by ordering 20 new generation 777X wide-body jets after a stinging defection by Japan Airlines Co (9201.T) last year to rival Airbus Group NV (AIR.PA). (Reuters )
Mar 27 Finding Japan's hidden punk scenes in their natural environments
Finding music in Japan can be a nightmare, and the live-music scene in particular is notoriously difficult to penetrate. (Japan Times )
Mar 27 Spring Airlines to take off in summer
The Japanese unit of Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines has said it will launch services on June 27, linking Narita International Airport with three cities in western Japan. (The Japan News )
Mar 26 Spring arrives in Japan with first cherry blossoms
Spring officially arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday when Japan's weather agency announced the start of the cherry blossom season. (Global Post )
Mar 24 Cherry blossom festival kicks off in Washington
The annual Cherry Blossom Festival has begun in Washington to celebrate the arrival of spring and friendship between Japan and the United States. (NHK )