Analysts say online booking is a growing and promising sector in Japan where many eat out. And on top of that the rising number of foreign tourists could boost demand further. Channel NewsAsia interviews newcomer Tableall, who aims to make a mark in the online booking world.
The road to recovery for the affected towns and residents who survived the Mar 11, 2011 tsunami has been a tough one.
Tourists are steadily returning to Fukushima six years after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown, forcing thousands to evacuate. But some areas have decided that rather than wait for visitors to return, they would find other sources of income to survive.
From the "Rocky" theme to cash handouts and early "Premium Friday" finishes, a small but growing number of companies in workaholic Japan are getting creative with the ways they're getting employees out the door early.
One manga artist is creating a comic starring Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew.This is the first time Toshiki Takii is portraying the history of Singapore in his work.
The number of Japanese tourists visiting Singapore has not seen any meaningful growth in recent years, even as more Singaporeans see Japan as one of their favourite travel destinations.
In a few short years, chocolate became more popular than wagashi, the traditional Japanese sweet, exceeding sales of more than US$4 billion in 2015. Michiyo Ishida reports.
Abe is expected to propose new cabinet level US-Japan talks on trade, security and macroeconomic issues, including currencies, during their meeting on Friday, a Japanese government official involved in planning the summit said.
Feb 8 this year marks a darker side of Japan-Singapore relations - it is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese occupation of Singapore. Channel NewsAsia's Michiyo Ishida asks university students in Japan how much they know about Japan's actions in Singapore during the war.
'In order to tackle this issue which has not made any progress towards a resolution for the past 71 years, we need a new, forward way of thinking and deliberation about the future of the islands rather than just clinging to the historical argument,' Abe said.