ANA to sell wealthy Indians package tours to Japan

The Japan Times

NEW DELHI – All Nippon Airways will release package tours to Japan for wealthy families living in and around New Delhi, possibly as early as June, sources said. The new products, to be sold in cooperation with an Indian travel company, will be priced lower than tours to Europe, which are popular in the South Asian country. ANA Holdings Inc. will offer trips to Tokyo, those covering the so-called Golden Route including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, and those taking visitors to Hiroshima in addition to the Golden Route destinations. Prices are expected to stand at 80,000 to 160,000 rupees, or ¥130,000 to ¥250,000 . Japan had 134,400 visitors from India in 2017, about twice the number in 2012, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.


ANA cancels another 176 domestic flights for engine inspections, with more to come

The Japan Times

ANA Holdings Inc. will cancel another 176 domestic flights between Friday and July 22 to inspect Rolls-Royce engines on Boeing 787 aircraft after already calling off 113 flights for the same reason. The cancellations, due to the need to check the Trent 1000 engine made by the British aircraft engine manufacturer over a potential defect, are expected to continue into next month, ANA said, raising concern they might coincide with an annual exodus of travelers heading for their hometowns during the Bon holidays in mid-August. The newly canceled flights for July connect Tokyo's Haneda airport and 11 domestic airports, including those in Fukuoka, Osaka and Hiroshima, affecting around 36,000 passengers. ANA chose flights connecting big cities where alternative transportation methods such as other airlines' flights and bullet trains are available. The company plans to announce cancellations for the July 23-31 period on Thursday as well as those for August on July 17.


At least five dead, more than 1,500 taken to hospitals as heat wave hits Japan

The Japan Times

At least five people have died and more than 1,500 others have been taken to hospitals for heat exhaustion, a Kyodo News tally showed, as a heat wave rolls through Japan. The tally as of Saturday showed that five had died across five prefectures, including Hiroshima -- one of the hardest-hit prefectures by the recent torrential rains -- as temperatures there rose to between 33.5 C and 37.4 C. By prefecture, Osaka had the largest number of people, 156, sent to hospitals on the first day of the long weekend, followed by 125 in Aichi and 102 in Chiba and Tokyo. The mercury topped 38 C in some cities in Kyoto, Gifu and Mie prefectures. In Okayama, where more than 1,000 volunteers went to help clean up flooded houses and remove debris following torrential rain that caused flooding and mudslides, at least 48 people were treated for heat illness. Of 927 Meteorological Agency observation points nationwide, 613 logged highs of at least 30 C, while the temperature topped 35 C at 161 locations.


Typhoon Trami hammers Japan: Two reported dead, dozens hurt, transport snarled

The Japan Times

A powerful typhoon sliced through the Japanese archipelago early Monday after making landfall the previous evening, injuring dozens, halting transport, and bringing fierce winds and torrential rain to areas already battered by a string of recent extreme weather episodes. Typhoon Trami sparked travel disruptions in the world's third-biggest economy, with bullet train services suspended, more than 1,000 flights canceled and Tokyo's evening train services scrapped. On Monday morning, commuter train services also remained disrupted on many lines due to trees and other objects that had fallen onto the tracks. NHK reported that one man had died in Tottori Prefecture and another was missing in Kyushu. In Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, a man was found dead in a canal.


Hello Kitty bullet train to debut in Japan on June 30

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West Japan Railway Co. said Friday it will begin operating a Hello Kitty-themed shinkansen on June 30. The interior and seats of the 500-series shinkansen, to be used for daily round trips between Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka Prefecture and Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture, will feature Sanrio Co.'s Hello Kitty character, the railway operator said. The special train, to be decorated with pink ribbons like the character, will be used to promote local attractions and specialty goods, and passengers will have the chance to pose for photos with a big Hello Kitty doll. The first Hello Kitty train car, dubbed "Hello! Plaza," will introduce areas in western Japan for a limited period of time, starting with Tottori and Shimane prefectures.