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.
The organizing committee of next year's Tokyo Olympics says nearly 7,000 tickets may have been sold to applicants who used fake personal data to take part in the lottery.
The committee said on Friday that about 30,000 of the registered IDs for ticket purchases were obtained using false personal information.
Sources say the organizers of next year's Tokyo Olympics may hold 2 more ticket lotteries after many people came up empty in the first one.
In the first lottery, millions of people are believed to have accessed the 2020 Olympic Games ticketing website before online applications were closed on May 31.
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have set up an official website for selling tickets.
The Olympic organizing committee told a news conference on Thursday that it will accept applications for tickets through a lottery on the official site during a 20-day period from May 9. Only people who live in Japan can apply. The winners will be announced on June 20.