Tuesday, 15 December 2009

View from Japan 2.0

Thank you for visiting View from Japan on Blogspot. View from Japan continues at its new location http://simoncpitt.com

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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Japan keeps Anne of Green Gables close to its heart.

Canada promotes new movie, a love story rooted in a Canadian classic, to boost travel to PEI.

The Japanese love affair with all things Anne of Green Gables shows no sign of abating. Following on successful campaigns in 2008, Tourism Prince Edward Island is to promote a new movie, “Looking for Anne,” in Japanese cities and towns for the next twelve months.

The story centres on Anri. Her grandmother, a huge fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel, has just passed away and Anri decides to visit Prince Edward Island. There, she discovers that granny was in love with a Canadian soldier when she was young. So Anri decides to track him down, meeting many locals along the way. The movie is a joint Canadian/Japanese production of Zuno Films and Grand Jeté.



The film comes hot on the heels of Before Green Gables (Konnichiwa, Anne),the animated TV series based on Budge Wilson’s prequel penned in 2008. Here, the tale focuses on Anne’s travails at Nova Scotia orphanages and foster homes before she lands at Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert’s farm in Avonlea.

Anne of Green Gables continues to have a powerful resonance with the Japanese, as shown by the 70% surge in visitor numbers to Prince Edward Island in 2008 the year of the book’s centenary.

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Monday, 2 November 2009

JAL Alters Course, Aims To Scrap 16 Loss-Laden Routes By June

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Japan Airlines Corp. plans to revise its current flight overhaul plans to first eliminate by next June a total of 16 domestic and international routes that are bleeding red ink, The Nikkei learned Sunday.

The beleaguered airline operator, which is seeking business rehabilitation support from the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corp. of Japan (ETIC), seeks to discontinue eight international routes, including flights between Narita airport and Mexico, as well as eight domestic routes, such as a link between Tokyo's Haneda airport and Kobe airport.



JAL's board is expected to approve the plans this week for submission to the Transport Ministry.



On Sept. 15, JAL submitted a business improvement plan to the ministry calling for the elimination of 50 money-losing domestic and international routes through the end of fiscal 2011. A task force reporting to Transport Minister Seiji Maehara later revised the number to around 45 routes. But with ETIC slated to spearhead the turnaround process, JAL's plans were sent back to the drawing board.



By presenting a fresh route-reduction proposal, the airline hopes to underscore its commitment to the rebuilding process and quickly draw on ETIC's support.



(The Nikkei Nov. 2 morning edition)

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