Rail Service Down Sunday Morning For Safety Checks

Rail service down Sunday morning for safety checks

Railway operators in greater Tokyo will halt shinkansen and most local train services on Sunday morning for safety checks in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis.

East Japan Railway, or JR East, says all of its local lines will be out of operation at least until around noon.

Kepco Chairman Steps Down Over Gift Scandal

KEPCO chairman steps down over gift scandal

The Chairman of Kansai Electric Power Company has bowed to pressure over a cash-and-gift scandal. Makoto Yagi said he is stepping down on Wednesday to take responsibility for the affair.

Yagi and President Shigeki Iwane held a news conference on Wednesday after the KEPCO board approved Yagi's resignation at an extraordinary meeting.

Jr Online Ticket-reservation System Down

JR online ticket-reservation system down

Japan's largest rail operator is reporting problems with its online reservation system that may be related to the tax hike. Officials at East Japan Railway Company haven't pinpointed the cause. But they say it could have something to do with the new rate or an ongoing system upgrade.

The officials say customers are unable to receive tickets ...reserved on the "Eki Net" website ... from machines at train stations.

Nissan Ceo To Step Down

Nissan CEO to step down

Nissan's CEO Hiroto Saikawa will resign on September 16, according to the chair of the automakers' board. The announcement came after a board meeting about the overcompensation of Saikawa and other executives.

Typhoon Faxai Bears Down On Eastern Japan

Typhoon Faxai bears down on eastern Japan

Japanese weather officials are advising people to be on full alert as Typhoon Faxai bears down on eastern parts of the country.

The Meteorological Agency says Faxai is expected to approach the Tokyo and nearby regions from Sunday evening through Monday. The storm will likely maintain its intensity.

Arrivals At Narita From S. Korea Down In August

Arrivals at Narita from S. Korea down in August

The number of people arriving at Narita Airport east of Tokyo from South Korea during Japan's mid-August holiday period was down sharply from a year before amid worsening of the two countries' ties.

According to the Narita Airport branch of Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau, more than 1.05 million people used the airport for international flights during the "bon" holidays from August 9 through 18. The figure is up 4.6 percent from the same period last year.

Youtube App For The Nintendo 3ds Will Be Shutting Down In September

YouTube App For The Nintendo 3DS Will Be Shutting Down In September

Nintendo’s 3DS is more than just a handheld gaming console. The console also comes with support for some apps, such as the YouTube app that allows gamers to watch videos on their consoles, a nice break from just playing games all day. However, if you do use the YouTube app quite a bit, you might be disappointed to learn that the app will be going away in September.

In an announcement on its website, Nintendo confirmed that the YouTube app for the 3DS will be officially shutting down on the 3rd of September. They note that the YouTube app will continue to exist for both the Nintendo Switch and the Wii U, although we can’t imagine that support for the Wii U will continue much longer either given the focus on the Switch these days.

Japan's Population Down For 10th Straight Year

Japan's population down for 10th straight year

The population of Japanese nationals has fallen for the 10th straight year, while the ratio of foreign residents topped 2 percent for the first time.

The internal affairs ministry says the number of Japanese living in the country was over 124.7 million as of January 1 this year. The number has been dropping since it peaked in 2009.

Japanese Workers Down On Economy

Japanese workers down on economy

A Japanese government survey says business sentiment among workers fell in June for the second month in a row.

The Economy Watchers Survey was released on Monday. It questioned some 2,000 workers on the state of the economy.