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Millions Evacuated in Japan After Heavy Floods and Landslides Kill Dozens

Millions Evacuated in Japan After Heavy Floods and Landslides Kill Dozens

Record rainfall continued to pound southwest Japan as officials pleaded with residents to leave their homes after flooding and landslides killed several dozen people.
“The record rainfalls in various parts of the country have caused rivers to burst their banks, and triggered large scale floods and landslides in several areas,” said Yoshihide Suda, the country’s chief cabinet secretary.
The situation is affecting eight prefectures in the region including Hiroshima and Kyoto.
Government officials …

Okura Tokyo Hotel to Open in 2019

Okura Tokyo Hotel to Open in 2019

The Okura Tokyo, which will replace the Hotel Okura Tokyo, a 1960s property that has hosted every U.S. president since Richard Nixon and that has been the site of several international summits, will open its doors to guests in September 2019, the hotelier announced on Monday.
The historic 408-room Main Wing opened in 1962 while a second wing opened a decade later.
The new hotel will also have two wings, the Okura …

Delta to Launch New Flights Between Seattle and Osaka

Delta to Launch New Flights Between Seattle and Osaka

Delta Air Lines announced that it will begin new service between Seattle and Osaka, Japan next year.
The carrier will operate the route using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, equipped with 25 lie-flat seats in Delta One, 29 seats in Delta Comfort+, the carrier’s premium economy lite section, and 171 seats in coach. Seats in Delta One are 21” wide and have a pitch of 76.5” to 81.4”.
Delta said it will announce schedule …

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines File for Antitrust Immunity as Part of Joint Venture

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines File for Antitrust Immunity as Part of Joint Venture

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines announced that the two have applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism to form a joint venture that would enjoy antitrust immunity.
The two airlines promise “significant advantages” for consumers including lower fares and additional travel options.
“This joint venture will combine two premier brands in the highly competitive Japan-Hawaii market, and travelers from both of our countries will …

ANA and Alitalia Announce New Partnership

ANA and Alitalia Announce New Partnership

All Nippon Airways and Alitalia announced what the two termed a “commercial partnership.”
The agreement includes a codeshare agreement under which ANA will place its codes on Alitalia flights from Tokyo’s Narita Airport to Milan and Rome as well as on continuing service to Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Turin, and Venice, while Alitalia will place its code on five ANA domestic flights from Narita to Fukuoka, Okinawa, Osaka, Sapporo, and Sendai.
The …

Japan Airlines’ Journey to the World of Hokusai

Japan Airlines’ Journey to the World of Hokusai

Japan Airlines held a launch event at Grand Central Terminal in New York City on Wednesday to celebrate its partnership with the Sumida Hokusai Museum with a special “Journey to the World of Hokusai” presentation.
Hokusai, who was born in 1760 in Edo (now Tokyo) and died in 1849, was a renowned artist, ukiyo-e painter, and printermaker. The museum is in the northeastern part of the city, where Hokusai spent most …

Nissan ProPilot Tech Powers Ryokan’s Slippers and Cushions

Nissan ProPilot Tech Powers Ryokan’s Slippers and Cushions

Nissan debuted its ProPilot Park Ryokan, featuring ProPilot Assist technology.
ProPilot Assist is the automaker’s semi-autonomous driver-assistance technology that helps control acceleration, braking, and steering during single-lane highway driving.
At the ryokan, however, the technology is being used to ensure that, at the push of a button, items including slippers, cushions, and tables are returned to where they belong. This is done in a manner similar to how Nissan’s ProPilot Park system …