Japan

Lost in transition? Tokyo station app can help

Tokyo's giant rail and subway stations, Shinjuko and Tokyo Station can be a puzzle even for locals who need to switch among many different lines...and for visitors it's even worse. But a new app is designed to save the day for both. Released last year for Tokyo station, it now covers Shinjuku as well, and works in either English or Japanese. It uses positioning beacons inside the stations to help the app show you where you are and where you have to go. You are represented by a bright blue...

Mitsubishi takes a 1-year delay for its new regional jet

Mitsubishi's plans to get Japan's first postwar jetliner out to the flight line in 2017 have been put on hold to reevaluate and redesign some of its structural parts. The new delivery date is set for 2018. Japan has largely been out of the aircraft manufacturing business since the end of World War II, although some turbo-prop models have been marketed. Mitsubishi's experience as an aircraft manufacturer is long: it made many of Japan's World War II planes. The new MRJ, with 78 and 92...

Star Wars uses The Force on Airlines

This is the weekend that no one can escape news about Star Wars; it's all the media, social and otherwise—and TravelGumbo is no exception. Since we're a travel site, that's the focus of our round-up. Last month we reported on Air France's plan to premiere the new movie, The Force Awakens on Paris trans-Atlantic flights Thursday night, just as the film was opening in major cities. The special trip with the tiny-screen film included tickets to a giant-screen showing in Paris the next...

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