Why is Tokyo burying bikes?

In Tokyo, 14% of commuting traffic is on bike, according to the Japanese Transport Ministry. But you'd never guess it. That's because the Japanese capital is burying thousands of bikes in underground parking vaults, in a bid to keep its sidewalks tidy. ( read original story ...)

IOC Chair to meet Tokyo governor to discuss venue for 2020 Games

TOKYO - International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is set to meet Tokyo's outspoken governor pushing for changes to some of the planned venues for the 2020 Games. Bach arrived Tuesday in Japan amid growing tension between Olympic organizers and ... ( read original story ...)

Light earthquake: M4.4 quake has struck near Katsuura in Japan

A light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) strikes 161 km ESE of Katsuura, Japan (100 miles) on Friday. Exact location of earthquake, 141.8436° East, 34.4322° North, depth 10 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). A tsunami warning has ... ( read original story ...)

Sompo Japan to refine quake insurance premiums

TOKYO -- Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance will tailor corporate earthquake premiums to 948 areas nationally instead of to entire prefectures, a revision that likely will raise rates in tsunami-prone coastal sections and reduce premiums for inland regions. ( read original story ...)