Picture
Nintendo is readying an array of video games for the holidays in an aggressive attempt at catch-up for lost time from the sales delay of the 3DS portable machine last year. Nintendo Co., which makes the Wii home console and Super Mario and Pokemon games, showed some of the gaming titles featuring glasses-free three-dimensional technology at a packed Tokyo event hall Tuesday.


 
 
Picture
Local governments and businesses in western Japan will launch special sales events in the Kansai region this autumn and winter to attract foreign tourists, especially from China, by promoting shopping attractions in the region, organizers said. The campaign is aimed at reviving travel to the region by foreign tourists, whose numbers nose-dived in the aftermath of the March earthquake and tsunami and ensuing nuclear plant disaster in northeastern Japan.

 
 
Picture
Beginning in early November, Suntory will for the first time, introduce their internationally renowned blue rose APPLAUSE in North America. With nearly 100% blue-pigmented petals, blue rose APPLAUSE is the world's first blue rose, a technically sophisticated and wondrously stunning flower with a delicate blue color. The hue of the dawn sky, with a refined and colorfully refreshing scent, blue rose APPLAUSE captivated the international audience when it first went on sale in Tokyo in 2009.


 
 
Picture
NTT DoCoMo Inc. has taken the wraps off two tablet computers that will be compatible with Xi, its high-speed data communications service. The gadgets should hit the market next month. The Galaxy Tab boasts a 10.1-inch display and a thickness of just 8.6 mm, while the waterproof Arrows Tab can be used in the bathtub.


 
 
Picture
Visitors to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea increased on a year-on-year basis in August, recovering from the sharp dropoff following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the president of operator Oriental Land Co. said in a recent interview. Oriental Land will be able to book a profit for the business year to next March despite a loss of ¥3.8 billion in the April-June first quarter "if the number of visitors continues to increase," Kyoichiro Uenishi said.