Japan’s Reward Point Market To Exceed Y1tln In FY09

TOKYO (Nikkei)–More than 1 trillion yen worth of shopping points will likely be issued in Japan in the current year through March 2010, with more businesses offering rewards programs for a wider range of products and services. A reward point card from Yodobashi Camera Co. With more products and services purchasable via reward points, these […]

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Canada wants to keep Emirates out of the Canadian market

As federal cabinet ministers boast about opening Canadian skies to foreign airlines, transport officials have been quietly undermining plans by one of the world’s biggest airlines to expand service to Toronto, documents obtained by the Star show. In private briefings, Transport Canada officials have gone on the offensive against Emirates Airlines’ request for greater access […]

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ANA, JAL Eyeing Return Of Fuel Surcharges On Higher Oil Prices

TOKYO (Nikkei)–All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Corp. will likely bring back fuel surcharges in October to reflect higher oil prices. ANA and JAL reassess such surcharges every three months. Owing to a downslide in crude oil prices from last summer, the airlines sharply reduced their surcharges this past January and April. And they […]

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Itochu To Acquire JAL’s Human Resources Units

TOKYO (Nikkei)–Itochu Corp. will bring two personnel services subsidiaries of Japan Airlines Corp. under its umbrella by October, shifting into high gear the trading house’s drive to strengthen its human resources business, The Nikkei learned Thursday. The deal will also enable the struggling JAL to move ahead with planned withdrawals from noncore operations in its […]

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3 Travel Agencies Cut Overseas Tour Prices 15-20% For Oct-March

TOKYO (Nikkei)–JTB Corp., Nippon Travel Agency Co. and Jalpak Co. on Thursday each unveiled overseas tour packages that cost on average 15-20% less than a year ago thanks to the strong yen and reduced fuel surcharges. Beginning Friday, JTB will gradually launch its package tours for departure between October and March, with prices down an […]

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Casio To Stop Flying Goods From China To Cut Emissions

TOKYO (Nikkei)–Casio Computer Co. will by next spring stop using airplanes to transport most finished products from its Chinese factory to Japan, in a bid to reduce carbon dioxide emissions more than 20-fold, company sources said. Casio currently sends electronic dictionaries, digital cameras and other goods from a plant in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, by air […]

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JAL To Request 30% Rise In International Cargo Charges

TOKYO (Nikkei)–Japan Airlines Corp. will seek a 30% jump in international freight rates from the middle of this month as part of drastic measures to bolster such operations. The struggling airline last implemented a full-scale cargo hike roughly a year ago. This latest increase comes on the back of rebounding demand for shipments of LCD-panel-related […]

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Expansion Of Intl Flights Seen As Y980bn Boon To Economy

TOKYO (Nikkei)–The increased number of international flights that will become possible starting in fiscal 2011 at Narita and Haneda airports is expected to have an economic ripple effect of 980.4 billion yen a year, according to a calculation released Friday by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Through the expansion of existing runways […]

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