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Japanese firms improve earnings on back of yen’s decline

Posted on 30 April 2013 by admin

Major Japanese companies’ earnings reports for fiscal 2012 indicated their earnings improved thanks to the yen’s downturn against other major currencies since late last year, SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. said Tuesday.

For 186 nonfinancial companies that are listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and have released earnings for the year to March, consolidated pretax profit rose 14.0 percent from the previous year to 5ሶ trillion yen, the securities firm said.

Improvements were conspicuous for export-oriented companies benefiting from the yen’s depreciation, despite a sluggish European economy under the sovereign debt crisis and a Chinese boycott of Japanese products due to a bilateral territorial row, the firm said.


May 01
Mt. Fuji to become World Heritage site Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji has been recommended for registration as a World Heritage site by an advisory panel to UNESCO, the government said Tuesday. (Kyodo )
May 01
Putin mentions even split of disputed territory in talks with Abe: source Russian President Vladimir Putin has mentioned to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Russia has previously settled some of its border issues with other countries by splitting the disputed areas evenly, a Japanese delegation source said Tuesday. (Kyodo )
May 01
Japan Crown Prince, Princess attend Dutch King’s inauguration Visiting Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended Tuesday a ceremony to inaugurate Crown Prince Willem-Alexander as the new king of the Netherlands after Queen Beatrix abdicated earlier in the day. (Jiji Press )
Apr 30
Japan household spending surges as ‘Abenomics’ gains momentum Japan’s household spending surged in March at the fastest pace in nine years in a sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold efforts to end two decades of stagnation are lifting consumer confidence and setting the stage for an economic revival. (chicagotribune.com )
Apr 30
Tokyo Gov. Inose backtracks, apologizes for remarks on Istanbul Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Tuesday for remarks he admitted were “inadequate” about rival 2020 Olympic bidder Istanbul during a recent interview with The New York Times, just a day after claiming his words were taken out of context by the newspaper. (Kyodo )
May 01
17 crows, 1 pigeon found dead on Yokohama street Health authorities on Tuesday were trying to determine what killed DZ crows and one pigeon whose bodies were found on the street in Yokohama earlier in the day. (Japan Today )
Apr 30
Japan Crown Prince attends banquet hosted by Dutch Queen Japan’s Crown Prince Natuhito attended a banquet hosted by the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix on Monday evening, ahead of the coronation of her eldest child, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, as new king on Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 30
Teenage masseuses at Tokyo JK massage joints come under scrutiny On April 1, Tokyo Metropolitan Police began implementing a new tactic for cracking down on so-called joshi kosei (high-school girl) “reflexology” massage parlors. (Tokyo Reporter )
Apr 30
2 climbers still missing on mountain Two climbers remained missing Monday after an an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mount Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture on Saturday morning. (Japan Today )
Apr 30
Infants and sumo wrestlers star in Japan’s annual Crying Baby Contest At Naki Sumo, babies get a chance to wail for a crowd instead of just for mom and dad. The annual tradition is meant as a prayer for the childrens’ healthy growth. (ottawacitizen.com )
Apr 29
Thousands march in Japan’s first ‘Rainbow Week’ parade Thousands of people marched in Tokyo on Sunday at the start of Japan’s first “Rainbow Week”, a series of events aimed at supporting sexual minorities. (rawstory.com )
Apr 29
WWII vet who provided flag on Iwo Jima has died Alan Wood, a World War II veteran credited with providing the flag used in the famous flag-raising on Iwoto, formerly known as Iwojima, has died. He was 90. (guardian.co.uk )
Apr 28
Missing climber found dead after avalanche in Nagano Pref. The body was found Sunday of a woman missing since an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mt. Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture the previous day, police said. (Kyodo )
Apr 28
Japanese woman dies after heavy-set police officer sits on her A possible cause of the HIE is suspected to have been the 100kg (220lbs) police officer who had sat on the woman’s back like one would on a pony. (rocketnews24.com )
Apr 27
Police believe man arrested in Aichi may be serial arsonist Police said Friday that a man arrested for setting fire to a tire in a housing complex in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, may also be responsible for other cases of arson. (Japan Today )

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Japan Crown Prince, Princess attend Dutch King’s inauguration

Posted on 30 April 2013 by admin

Visiting Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended Tuesday a ceremony to inaugurate Crown Prince Willem-Alexander as the new king of the Netherlands after Queen Beatrix abdicated earlier in the day.

For Crown Princess Masako, the ceremony, which took place at New Church in central Amsterdam, was the first official event since her arrival here on Sunday.

The Crown Princess skipped the banquet hosted by the Queen on the previous night due to concerns about her health on her first official overseas trip in over 10 years.



May 01
Mt. Fuji to become World Heritage site Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji has been recommended for registration as a World Heritage site by an advisory panel to UNESCO, the government said Tuesday. (Kyodo )
May 01
Putin mentions even split of disputed territory in talks with Abe: source Russian President Vladimir Putin has mentioned to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Russia has previously settled some of its border issues with other countries by splitting the disputed areas evenly, a Japanese delegation source said Tuesday. (Kyodo )
May 01
Japan Crown Prince, Princess attend Dutch King’s inauguration Visiting Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended Tuesday a ceremony to inaugurate Crown Prince Willem-Alexander as the new king of the Netherlands after Queen Beatrix abdicated earlier in the day. (Jiji Press )
Apr 30
Japan household spending surges as ‘Abenomics’ gains momentum Japan’s household spending surged in March at the fastest pace in nine years in a sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold efforts to end two decades of stagnation are lifting consumer confidence and setting the stage for an economic revival. (chicagotribune.com )
Apr 30
Tokyo Gov. Inose backtracks, apologizes for remarks on Istanbul Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Tuesday for remarks he admitted were “inadequate” about rival 2020 Olympic bidder Istanbul during a recent interview with The New York Times, just a day after claiming his words were taken out of context by the newspaper. (Kyodo )
May 01
17 crows, 1 pigeon found dead on Yokohama street Health authorities on Tuesday were trying to determine what killed 17 crows and one pigeon whose bodies were found on the street in Yokohama earlier in the day. (Japan Today )
Apr 30
Japan Crown Prince attends banquet hosted by Dutch Queen Japan’s Crown Prince Natuhito attended a banquet hosted by the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix on Monday evening, ahead of the coronation of her eldest child, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, as new king on Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 30
Teenage masseuses at Tokyo JK massage joints come under scrutiny On April 1, Tokyo Metropolitan Police began implementing a new tactic for cracking down on so-called joshi kosei (high-school girl) â��reflexology” massage parlors. (Tokyo Reporter )
Apr 30
2 climbers still missing on mountain Two climbers remained missing Monday after an an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mount Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture on Saturday morning. (Japan Today )
Apr 30
Infants and sumo wrestlers star in Japan’s annual Crying Baby Contest At Naki Sumo, babies get a chance to wail for a crowd instead of just for mom and dad. The annual tradition is meant as a prayer for the childrens’ healthy growth. (ottawacitizen.com )
Apr 29
Thousands march in Japan’s first ‘Rainbow Week’ parade Thousands of people marched in Tokyo on Sunday at the start of Japan’s first “Rainbow Week”, a series of events aimed at supporting sexual minorities. (rawstory.com )
Apr 29
WWII vet who provided flag on Iwo Jima has died Alan Wood, a World War II veteran credited with providing the flag used in the famous flag-raising on Iwoto, formerly known as Iwojima, has died. He was 90. (guardian.co.uk )
Apr 28
Missing climber found dead after avalanche in Nagano Pref. The body was found Sunday of a woman missing since an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mt. Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture the previous day, police said. (Kyodo )
Apr 28
Japanese woman dies after heavy-set police officer sits on her A possible cause of the HIE is suspected to have been the 100kg (220lbs) police officer who had sat on the woman’s back like one would on a pony. (rocketnews24.com )
Apr 27
Police believe man arrested in Aichi may be serial arsonist Police said Friday that a man arrested for setting fire to a tire in a housing complex in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, may also be responsible for other cases of arson. (Japan Today )

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Putin mentions even split of disputed territory in talks with Abe: source

Posted on 30 April 2013 by admin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has mentioned to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Russia has previously settled some of its border issues with other countries by splitting the disputed areas evenly, a Japanese delegation source said Tuesday.

Putin, however, did not touch on the past settlements clearly in connection with a long-standing territorial dispute between Russia and Japan over a group of four islands when he met with Abe in Moscow on Monday, according to the source, but the remarks may be interpreted as a potential approach that the president has in mind to resolve the row.

Putin, who is keen to settle the dispute over the Russian-controlled islands off northern Japan and sign a postwar bilateral peace treaty, has told Abe that Moscow resolved its border dispute with China in 2008 by evenly dividing the contested islands on the Amur River, the source said.



May 01
Mt. Fuji to become World Heritage site Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji has been recommended for registration as a World Heritage site by an advisory panel to UNESCO, the government said Tuesday. (Kyodo )
May 01
Putin mentions even split of disputed territory in talks with Abe: source Russian President Vladimir Putin has mentioned to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Russia has previously settled some of its border issues with other countries by splitting the disputed areas evenly, a Japanese delegation source said Tuesday. (Kyodo )
May 01
Japan Crown Prince, Princess attend Dutch King’s inauguration Visiting Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended Tuesday a ceremony to inaugurate Crown Prince Willem-Alexander as the new king of the Netherlands after Queen Beatrix abdicated earlier in the day. (Jiji Press )
Apr 30
Japan household spending surges as ‘Abenomics’ gains momentum Japan’s household spending surged in March at the fastest pace in nine years in a sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold efforts to end two decades of stagnation are lifting consumer confidence and setting the stage for an economic revival. (chicagotribune.com )
Apr 30
Tokyo Gov. Inose backtracks, apologizes for remarks on Istanbul Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Tuesday for remarks he admitted were “inadequate” about rival 2020 Olympic bidder Istanbul during a recent interview with The New York Times, just a day after claiming his words were taken out of context by the newspaper. (Kyodo )
May 01
17 crows, 1 pigeon found dead on Yokohama street Health authorities on Tuesday were trying to determine what killed 17 crows and one pigeon whose bodies were found on the street in Yokohama earlier in the day. (Japan Today )
Apr 30
Japan Crown Prince attends banquet hosted by Dutch Queen Japan’s Crown Prince Natuhito attended a banquet hosted by the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix on Monday evening, ahead of the coronation of her eldest child, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, as new king on Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 30
Teenage masseuses at Tokyo JK massage joints come under scrutiny On April 1, Tokyo Metropolitan Police began implementing a new tactic for cracking down on so-called joshi kosei (high-school girl) “reflexology” massage parlors. (Tokyo Reporter )
Apr 30
2 climbers still missing on mountain Two climbers remained missing Monday after an an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mount Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture on Saturday morning. (Japan Today )
Apr 30
Infants and sumo wrestlers star in Japan’s annual Crying Baby Contest At Naki Sumo, babies get a chance to wail for a crowd instead of just for mom and dad. The annual tradition is meant as a prayer for the childrens’ healthy growth. (ottawacitizen.com )
Apr 29
Thousands march in Japan’s first ‘Rainbow Week’ parade Thousands of people marched in Tokyo on Sunday at the start of Japan’s first “Rainbow Week”, a series of events aimed at supporting sexual minorities. (rawstory.com )
Apr 29
WWII vet who provided flag on Iwo Jima has died Alan Wood, a World War II veteran credited with providing the flag used in the famous flag-raising on Iwoto, formerly known as Iwojima, has died. He was 90. (guardian.co.uk )
Apr 28
Missing climber found dead after avalanche in Nagano Pref. The body was found Sunday of a woman missing since an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mt. Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture the previous day, police said. (Kyodo )
Apr 28
Japanese woman dies after heavy-set police officer sits on her A possible cause of the HIE is suspected to have been the 100kg (220lbs) police officer who had sat on the woman’s back like one would on a pony. (rocketnews24.com )
Apr 27
Police believe man arrested in Aichi may be serial arsonist Police said Friday that a man arrested for setting fire to a tire in a housing complex in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, may also be responsible for other cases of arson. (Japan Today )

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Mt. Fuji to become World Heritage site

Posted on 30 April 2013 by admin

Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji has been recommended for registration as a World Heritage site by an advisory panel to UNESCO, the government said Tuesday.

The highest mountain in Japan is expected to be formally listed in June when the World Heritage Committee of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization meets in Cambodia.

But the advisory panel, known as the International Council on Monuments and Sites, or ICOMOS, rejected a request from the Japanese government to add a group of cultural assets in the ancient city of Kamakura to the World Heritage list.



May 01
Mt. Fuji to become World Heritage site Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji has been recommended for registration as a World Heritage site by an advisory panel to UNESCO, the government said Tuesday. (Kyodo )
May 01
Putin mentions even split of disputed territory in talks with Abe: source Russian President Vladimir Putin has mentioned to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Russia has previously settled some of its border issues with other countries by splitting the disputed areas evenly, a Japanese delegation source said Tuesday. (Kyodo )
May 01
Japan Crown Prince, Princess attend Dutch King’s inauguration Visiting Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended Tuesday a ceremony to inaugurate Crown Prince Willem-Alexander as the new king of the Netherlands after Queen Beatrix abdicated earlier in the day. (Jiji Press )
Apr 30
Japan household spending surges as ‘Abenomics’ gains momentum Japan’s household spending surged in March at the fastest pace in nine years in a sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold efforts to end two decades of stagnation are lifting consumer confidence and setting the stage for an economic revival. (chicagotribune.com )
Apr 30
Tokyo Gov. Inose backtracks, apologizes for remarks on Istanbul Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Tuesday for remarks he admitted were “inadequate” about rival 2020 Olympic bidder Istanbul during a recent interview with The New York Times, just a day after claiming his words were taken out of context by the newspaper. (Kyodo )
May 01
17 crows, 1 pigeon found dead on Yokohama street Health authorities on Tuesday were trying to determine what killed 17 crows and one pigeon whose bodies were found on the street in Yokohama earlier in the day. (Japan Today )
Apr 30
Japan Crown Prince attends banquet hosted by Dutch Queen Japan’s Crown Prince Natuhito attended a banquet hosted by the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix on Monday evening, ahead of the coronation of her eldest child, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, as new king on Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 30
Teenage masseuses at Tokyo JK massage joints come under scrutiny On April 1, Tokyo Metropolitan Police began implementing a new tactic for cracking down on so-called joshi kosei (high-school girl) “reflexology” massage parlors. (Tokyo Reporter )
Apr 30
2 climbers still missing on mountain Two climbers remained missing Monday after an an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mount Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture on Saturday morning. (Japan Today )
Apr 30
Infants and sumo wrestlers star in Japan’s annual Crying Baby Contest At Naki Sumo, babies get a chance to wail for a crowd instead of just for mom and dad. The annual tradition is meant as a prayer for the childrens’ healthy growth. (ottawacitizen.com )
Apr 29
Thousands march in Japan’s first ‘Rainbow Week’ parade Thousands of people marched in Tokyo on Sunday at the start of Japan’s first “Rainbow Week”, a series of events aimed at supporting sexual minorities. (rawstory.com )
Apr 29
WWII vet who provided flag on Iwo Jima has died Alan Wood, a World War II veteran credited with providing the flag used in the famous flag-raising on Iwoto, formerly known as Iwojima, has died. He was 90. (guardian.co.uk )
Apr 28
Missing climber found dead after avalanche in Nagano Pref. The body was found Sunday of a woman missing since an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mt. Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture the previous day, police said. (Kyodo )
Apr 28
Japanese woman dies after heavy-set police officer sits on her A possible cause of the HIE is suspected to have been the 100kg (220lbs) police officer who had sat on the woman’s back like one would on a pony. (rocketnews24.com )
Apr 27
Police believe man arrested in Aichi may be serial arsonist Police said Friday that a man arrested for setting fire to a tire in a housing complex in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, may also be responsible for other cases of arson. (Japan Today )

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Guide to the Best of Southwest Ireland

Posted on 30 April 2013 by admin

Ireland may have a reputation for rainy weather but without the storm clouds, the spacious green fields wouldn’t be nearly as vibrant. This is particularly true in Southwest Ireland, a region featuring contrasting landscapes and a mild climate.

Home to the picturesque Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, and Blarney Castle, this countryside escape is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

The Ring of Kerry

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The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail that starts in Killarney and passes through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Killorglin. The trail makes a triangular loop and offers highly scenic views in every direction. Due to narrow roads, busses are required to make the journey in a counter-clockwise direction, starting in Killorglin and ending in Kenmare while car drivers take the clockwise route.

Travelers on a time crunch can make The Ring of Kerry a day trip. There are several bus companies that offer transportation as part of an official group tour. If you’ve rented a car and are going at your own pace, stretch your legs along Kerry Way. This walking and cycling path offers the same views as the main road minus the traffic.

Killarney National Park

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Killarney spans an impressive ȉ square miles and includes various natural attractions including three lakes that cover roughly one-third of the park. The area is also home to Ireland’s only native herd of Red Deer in addition to salmon, trout, and an extensive variety of plant vegetation.

South West Walks Ireland offers excursions through Killarney National Park for just about every skill level. Tours range from leisurely walks to challenging hikes and bike rides. After a few hours in nature, slow things down with a tour of Muckross House, a mansion dating back to 1ᘋ and built in Tudor style architecture. You can also hail a horse-drawn carriage in town and have your driver take you to Ross Castle.

Blarney Castle

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Originally a wooden structure, the Blarney Castle was later replaced by a stone structure around the year 1210 AD. After being destroyed in 1446 Cormac Laidir MacCarthy rebuilt the castle into what still stands today.

Every year thousands of tourists head to Blarney to kiss the infamous Blarney Stone, a block of bluestone built into the castle. According to legend, those who kiss the stone will receive the gift of eloquence. Doing so requires climbing to the top of the castle and leaning backwards until your lips reach the stone.

After receiving the gift of gab, make sure to walk through the surrounding gardens. Many of the natural rock formations have been given names like “Witch’s Cave,” “Wishing Steps,” and “Druid’s Circle.”

Where to Stay

If you’ve come all the way to Southwest Ireland, there’s no better place to lay your head at night than at a local bed breakfast. In fact, finding a hotel in the countryside towns isn’t nearly as easy as it is in Dublin or Cork anyway. Long before luxury hostels and home exchanges emerged as the new travel trends, most people visiting Ireland lodged at reasonably priced BBs.

Just as you would with a hotel, make sure to do research before booking your BB. It’s important to remember that you are staying at someone’s home so if you have pet allergies, this is a big question to ask before booking. All in all, this is a great way to meet locals, experience a traditional Irish Breakfast, and wake up to vibrant green fields. BB Ireland helps travelers search for nearby stays based on their budget, dates, and number of guests.

Getting There

Both Dublin and Cork are common starting points for this journey. Most international travelers fly into Dublin and either drive straight to Killarney by car or reach Cork via rail or bus.

As you might expect, Southwest Ireland doesn’t have the same level of public transportation as one finds in Dublin and Cork. Your best bet is to sign up for a group tour, or rent a car and explore the region at your own pace. To get to and from Blarney from Cork’s city center, public busses run daily and the journey takes about twenty minutes. The City Cork Hop-on-Hop-off Tour also stops at the Blarney Castle.

Photo credits: Ring of Kerry via Shutterstock; Killarney National Park via Shutterstock; Blarney Castle via Shutterstock

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Traxo Aims to Predict Weather Delays

Posted on 30 April 2013 by admin

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Weather forecasts aren’t the most reliable data sets out there. And airline operations are a challenge even on a sunny day thanks to air-traffic control delays and crowded airports overwhelmed by the number of flights they serve. But those stumbling blocks aren’t going to stop online travel organizer Traxo from trying to help predict those delays and help their customers reroute around them. The service will be based on technology provided by KnowDelay, a company focused on predicting flights delays based on weather and other factors.

Traxo allows travelers to aggregate plans from multiple providers into a single itinerary, accessed through a common interface. The site adds on additional features like tracking travel milestones and aims to provide rewards to its users based on their aggregated travel pattern rather than solely activity from any one airline or alliance. They also track slightly less spectacular milestones, like number of redeye flights, but the overall goal is to recognize the travel volume. And with their partners they can provide rewards to top travelers based on the itinerary data they aggregate from nearly 200 different partner websites.

The new partnership with KnowDelay will allow Traxo to add notifications and alerts to traveler itineraries, offering a warning of potential flight delays. “Traxo will tell you what others won’t, several days in advance,” said Traxo Founder and CEO Andres Fabris. “This new early-alert service works across-platforms, meaning it doesn’t matter where you booked your flight, or what airline you’re flying. You don’t need to have elite status in order to get this extra coverage—all Traxo members receive these advanced weather alerts for free.”

Traxo and KnowDelay will provide travelers with proactive alerts and rebooking options. By prompting travelers with information they can use to work with the airlines on accommodation the goal is to make the trips smoother or have alternatives available. “We already know there is a real need here, we estimate two-thirds of the flying public can proactively avoid weather related travel disruptions if they are provided with this kind of advance weather information,” said Fabris.

Photo credit: Stormy weather at airport via Shutterstock

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Disney Cruise Line Updates Disney Magic Ship

Posted on 30 April 2013 by admin

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Disney’s first entry into the cruise-ship business began when the Disney Magic was launched in 1998. The ship, whose design harkens back to a more gracious period in cruising, is about to enter dry-dock in September for her first major renovation since her launch 15 years ago. Disney “Imagineer” Joe Lanzisero met with groups of journalists to give us a preview of what to expect when she emerges later this fall.

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New to the line (and for the moment unique to this ship) will be the Marvel Avengers Academy, a part of the revitalized Disney’s Oceaneer Club. The space will offer hands-on workshops as well as a few items that may make some parents jealous: a life-size Iron Man suit, Captain America’s shield, and Thor’s hammer, all on display in the area. But that’s not the only change coming to the kids club. Younger kids will be able to play in Andy’s Room (from Toy Story); princesses-to-be will be able to dress up in Pixie Hollow; and a new Mickey Mouse Club area will be introduced to coincide with the introduction of new Mickey Mouse cartoons that are coming to theaters near you.

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Up on deck, one of the more popular additions is likely to be a new AquaDunk thrill slide, which will have a countdown followed by a 30-foot plunge followed by trip out and over the side of the ship. The AquaLab water playground and the Nephews Splash Zone will also be added to Disney Magic.

Adults aren’t left out of the additions. The entire nightlife area of the ship is being redesigned, and several new bars and clubs are being added, including Keys (a piano bar), Fathoms (a nightclub with live music and dancing), and O’Gills (an Irish pub). The Senses Spa Salon and Palo restaurant are also getting major facelifts.

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Needless to say the cabins are also being redecorated and storage added, and the most expensive suites are getting a complete makeover. And the Animator’s Palate restaurant will get the same splashy “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” shows that are found on Disney’s newest ship, Disney Fantasy.

In all, the line is aiming to brighten and freshen up the ship with more contemporary designs that reinforce nautical motifs. When it emerges on October 10, almost every aspect will have been touched in some way—even the buffet, which is being redecorated and redesigned to focus more on action cooking stations.

Photo credits: Courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

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What to Pack: Tokyo

Posted on 30 April 2013 by admin

This East Asian city has endless wow factor. Visitors come on sushi pilgrimages, to peep fantastic street style, and to experience Tokyo’s neon-lit hustle. Curiosities abound here, and particularly when it comes to fashion. So, we tossed some key style picks into your proverbial carry-on.

Women

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Daikanyama Days

Leave the black and neutral pieces at home. Instead, take a cue from the locals and try taking some fashion risks. Colors, natural and graphic prints, and sparkle are all fair game. To keep the look approachable, think of adding a feminine shape like this hot pink floral top with flirty peplum ($156.75) over a pair of black skinny jeans and funky plastic flatforms ($238 by Kenzo). Or opt for classics with a twist, like a light sweatshirt in a color wash ($59.90 at Zara), cigarette-cut jeans in a bold black and white stripe ($198 by 7 for All Mankind), or modest espadrilles gussied up in glittering gold ($241)

And of course, accessories like a statement cabochon necklace ($98 by Juicy Couture) are a smart way to pump any look, especially when packing space is tight. Prada’s spring collection is inspired by Japanese motifs, like this flower-dabbled document holder ($2ȿ), which can double as a wallet. Sunglasses also get a boost when done in sassy pink ($115).

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Ginza Nights

Depending on where you’re going, eveningwear can really run the gamut. Chances are, like most major metropolises, a dress that can go from day to night is your best bet. Japanese designer brand Sacai offers cool shapes and interesting construction. This royal blue t-shirt dress has just the right about amount of style and ease ($331.13). If your trip falls during the humid summer months, a pretty and ethereal sun dress ($150 at Aloha Rag) will offer sweet contrast when worn with a distressed denim vest ($220 by Rag Bone) and futuristic wedge sneaker sandals ($174.95 by Ash). For cocktail bars or nightclubs, try a fitted graphic look like this blue and white knit dress ($39.99 at Mango), perhaps layered with an open-knit sweater ($149.50) and paired with this splurge: a fun “Hold Me” speech bubble leather clutch ($450)

Men

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Tsukiji by Day

Tokyo guys don’t slouch in the style department. Up your game with a few select pieces. This vintage hula girl print button-down by local label Engineered Garments ($220) is a tongue-in-cheek take on the usual vacationer look. Wear with blue-green Levi 501s ($45) or slim green chinos ($69.50 by Club Monaco). Even with sportswear, look for a more thoughtful design, such as this Raf Simons blue and orange print tee with a structured fit ($365), Nike zip jacket in a vintage look ($80), and black sneakers with clean lines ($65). And tote your iPad around, maybe in this bright blue iPad case by the Japanese avant-garde label Comme des Garcons ($64).

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Roppongi by Night

There’s no shortage of exciting, young Japanese menswear designers like Undercover’s Jun Takahashi (see: a paneled multi-color cotton jersey sweater for $450) or Taka Hayashi’s collaboration with Vans (blue and brown sneaks for $171). Perhaps a varsity jacket is jazzed up in lightweight goldenrod ($275) or light purple button-down is made of vintage Japanese print ($168). Men’s accessories are worth exploring too, like a stylish brown leather strap watch ($228), painted Levi’s vintage belt ($198), or handmade camouflage card case by Maison Takuya ($181.10). Lastly, pull on your toiletries together in his handsomely handmade Roberto Dopp kit, which will last you this trip and then some ($195).

Where to Stay

Tokyo is a vast and complex city, so picking a neighborhood to call home base is a big part of the equation. Shopping hounds will delight in upscale Ginza, where you can book the Four Seasons in the Marinouchi business district. The Peninsula Tokyo hotel is also about a 5-minute walk from Ginza, as well as other major sights.

For travelers who like to be in the thick of things, look no further than the Shibuya district. The Park Hyatt is the top of the heap in the area. Request a high floor if possible and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views. Though it’s tough to find a bargain in this pricey city, the Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo apartment-hotel is rather affordable with rates from $125. However, despite its name, the hotel is actually on the fringes of the district and is quite a walk from some of the popular restaurants and attractions. Another no-frills option is The Agnes Hotel and Apartments. The rooms are on the small side, but some offer kitchenettes.

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Tokyo regrets Inose’s controversial remarks on Istanbul

Posted on 30 April 2013 by admin

Tokyo’s bid committee for the 2020 Olympics expressed regret Monday about remarks made by Gov. Naoki Inose during a recent interview with the New York Times, which accused him of criticizing rival bidder Istanbul.

The IOC prohibits bid candidates from criticizing or comparing themselves with the other cities. Tokyo is vying with Istanbul and Madrid for the right to host the 2020 Summer Games, and the winner will be announced on Sept. 7 at the IOC assembly in Buenos Aires.

In the interview published Friday, Inose said, “Well, compare the two countries where they have yet to build infrastructure, very sophisticated facilities.”

“So, from time to time, like Brazil, I think it’s good to have a venue for the first time. But Islamic countries, the only thing they have in common is Allah and they are fighting with each other, and they have classes.”

“I don’t mean to flatter, but London is in a developed country whose sense of hospitality is excellent. Tokyo’s is also excellent. But other cities, not so much.”



Apr 30
Japan household spending surges as ‘Abenomics’ gains momentum Japan’s household spending surged in March at the fastest pace in nine years in a sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold efforts to end two decades of stagnation are lifting consumer confidence and setting the stage for an economic revival. (chicagotribune.com )
Apr 30
Russia and Japan create joint investment pot with $1bn entry ticket Russia and Japan have launched a new tool for the development of mutual investments. The new Russo-Japanese investment platform involves injections starting from $1 billion and is aimed at boosting Russia’s Far East. (rt.com )
Apr 30
Tokyo Gov. Inose backtracks, apologizes for remarks on Istanbul Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Tuesday for remarks he admitted were “inadequate” about rival 2020 Olympic bidder Istanbul during a recent interview with The New York Times, just a day after claiming his words were taken out of context by the newspaper. (Kyodo )
Apr 30
Japan Crown Prince attends banquet hosted by Dutch Queen Japan’s Crown Prince Natuhito attended a banquet hosted by the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix on Monday evening, ahead of the coronation of her eldest child, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, as new king on Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 29
Japanese comedian Shinji Maki dies in apparent suicide Japanese stand-up comedian Shinji Maki died after falling into a river in Tokyo in an apparent suicide shortly past Sunday midnight. He was 78. (Jiji Press )
Apr 30
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2 climbers still missing on mountain Two climbers remained missing Monday after an an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mount Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture on Saturday morning. (Japan Today )
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Missing climber found dead after avalanche in Nagano Pref. The body was found Sunday of a woman missing since an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mt. Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture the previous day, police said. (Kyodo )
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Police believe man arrested in Aichi may be serial arsonist Police said Friday that a man arrested for setting fire to a tire in a housing complex in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, may also be responsible for other cases of arson. (Japan Today )
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Japan household spending jumps; unemployment eases

Posted on 30 April 2013 by admin

Japan’s household spending surged in March, while the unemployment rate eased, the Finance Ministry reported Tuesday, with both results surpassing economists’ expectations.

Spending by households of two or more people rose 5.2% from a year earlier, as housing expeditures jumped by more than 23%. The gain — marking the third straight month of increase — was well above a median estimate for a 1.8% gain, according to separate Dow Jones Newswires and Reuters surveys. The labor market also firmed, with the jobless rate for March falling to 4.1% from 4.3% in both January and February.



Apr 30
Japan household spending surges as ‘Abenomics’ gains momentum Japan’s household spending surged in March at the fastest pace in nine years in a sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold efforts to end two decades of stagnation are lifting consumer confidence and setting the stage for an economic revival. (chicagotribune.com )
Apr 30
Russia and Japan create joint investment pot with $1bn entry ticket Russia and Japan have launched a new tool for the development of mutual investments. The new Russo-Japanese investment platform involves injections starting from $1 billion and is aimed at boosting Russia’s Far East. (rt.com )
Apr 30
Tokyo Gov. Inose backtracks, apologizes for remarks on Istanbul Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Tuesday for remarks he admitted were “inadequate” about rival 2020 Olympic bidder Istanbul during a recent interview with The New York Times, just a day after claiming his words were taken out of context by the newspaper. (Kyodo )
Apr 30
Japan Crown Prince attends banquet hosted by Dutch Queen Japan’s Crown Prince Natuhito attended a banquet hosted by the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix on Monday evening, ahead of the coronation of her eldest child, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, as new king on Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 29
Japanese comedian Shinji Maki dies in apparent suicide Japanese stand-up comedian Shinji Maki died after falling into a river in Tokyo in an apparent suicide shortly past Sunday midnight. He was 78. (Jiji Press )
Apr 30
Teenage masseuses at Tokyo JK massage joints come under scrutiny On April 1, Tokyo Metropolitan Police began implementing a new tactic for cracking down on so-called joshi kosei (high-school girl) “reflexology” massage parlors. The establishments, which on the surface offer foot and hand massages, have come under scrutiny in recent years since they also provide a number of options that require highly intimate contact that violates of the Labor Standards Act regarding harmful employment. (Tokyo Reporter)
Apr 30
2 climbers still missing on mountain Two climbers remained missing Monday after an an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mount Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture on Saturday morning. (Japan Today )
Apr 30
Infants and sumo wrestlers star in Japan’s annual Crying Baby Contest At Naki Sumo, babies get a chance to wail for a crowd instead of just for mom and dad. The annual tradition is meant as a prayer for the childrens’ healthy growth. (ottawacitizen.com )
Apr 29
Thousands march in Japan’s first ‘Rainbow Week’ parade Thousands of people marched in Tokyo on Sunday at the start of Japan’s first “Rainbow Week”, a series of events aimed at supporting sexual minorities. (rawstory.com )
Apr 29
WWII vet who provided flag on Iwo Jima has died Alan Wood, a World War II veteran credited with providing the flag used in the famous flag-raising on Iwoto, formerly known as Iwojima, has died. He was 90. (guardian.co.uk )
Apr 28
Missing climber found dead after avalanche in Nagano Pref. The body was found Sunday of a woman missing since an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mt. Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture the previous day, police said. (Kyodo )
Apr 28
Japanese woman dies after heavy-set police officer sits on her A possible cause of the HIE is suspected to have been the 100kg (220lbs) police officer who had sat on the woman’s back like one would on a pony. (rocketnews24.com )
Apr 27
Police believe man arrested in Aichi may be serial arsonist Police said Friday that a man arrested for setting fire to a tire in a housing complex in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, may also be responsible for other cases of arson. (Japan Today )
Apr 27
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Apr 27
10 million sign petition for rescue of abductees from N Korea An association started by the family of Megumi Yokota who was abducted by North Korea, is preparing to present a petition calling for the rescue of her and other abductees to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Japan Today )

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