September 28, 2008 |
Japan's transport minister has resigned over a string of gaffes, according to Kyodo News agency. Nariaki Nakayama's resignation will be a major blow to Prime Minister Taro Aso, who took office Wednesday. Nakayama handed in his resignation before a Cabinet meeting today. He had called Japan's largest teachers union "a cancer" and described people who opposed the construction of Narita international airport as "more or less squeaky wheels," according to local reports.
October 28, 1993 |
At least 27 passengers were injured when a Northwest Airlines Boeing 747 hit turbulence over the Pacific on Wednesday, a Japanese official said. The official at Narita international airport, northeast of Tokyo, said the plane, carrying 117 passengers and 13 crew, ran into turbulence and dropped sharply about 40 minutes after it left the Pacific island of Saipan for Tokyo.
June 3, 1988
A Boeing 747 jumbo jet is scheduled to touch down Sunday at Tokyo's Narita International Airport laden with an unusual cargo: 9,720 cases of Coors beer. The shipment is the first planned by Adolph Coors Co. to meet what it describes as an unexpected demand for Coors beer. The Golden, Colo., brewery said it will ship 3 million pounds of beer to Japan this summer because its Japanese licensee, Ashai Breweries Ltd., can't make enough.
August 23, 1985 |
A Northwest Orient Boeing 747 from Los Angeles blew eight of its 16 tires after landing at Narita International Airport today but stopped safely with no injuries to the 386 passengers and crew aboard, police said. Several hours earlier, a Japan Air Lines DC-10 bound for Seoul developed engine trouble as it was preparing to take off from Osaka, but none of the 271 passengers and crew was injured. The flight was canceled and the passengers flew to Seoul on another plane.
December 29, 2000 |
Japan's first survey of "economy class syndrome" found Thursday that 25 passengers have died of the condition at Tokyo's Narita airport in the last eight years, a figure likely to put pressure on airlines to tackle the issue. According to the study by a clinic at Narita airport, 100 to 150 passengers arriving in Tokyo on long-distance flights are treated each year for the problem, believed to be caused by immobility and cramped seating on long flights.
July 1, 2008 |
Tokyo Customs punished three of its officers for secretly slipping drugs into travelers' luggage more than 160 times at Narita International Airport to train dogs, an official said. In May, one of the officers slipped cannabis resin into an outside pocket of luggage belonging to a traveler from Hong Kong, but a dog failed to detect it, agency spokesman Kazutoshi Takahashi said. Once the officer realized the drugs and unsuspecting traveler had left the airport, he panicked and told his bosses.
March 1, 1990 |
Paul McCartney, in Tokyo to perform for the first time in 24 years, told reporters today he has no hard feelings about Japan's 1980 decision to bar him for a drugs offense. McCartney last visited with the Beatles in 1966. He was arrested at Tokyo's Narita Airport in January, 1980, after customs officers found marijuana in his luggage. He was held for nine days before leaving the country. Japan normally bans foreigners with drug convictions from re-entering the country.
February 1, 2001 |
Two Japan Airlines jetliners with nearly 700 people aboard narrowly avoided an in-flight collision Wednesday after at least one of the planes dived quickly to get out of the other's path. Thirty-five people were injured, three seriously. One pilot, Makoto Watanabe, filed a report saying the distance between the two planes was only about 35 feet, said Yoshihito Nakatsuji, an official at the Safety Inspection Division of the Ministry of Transportation.
January 3, 1999
In Travel Insider ("A Ride That Isn't Much Costlier Than Cab Fare," Dec. 27), Douglas S. Heller writes about using a private car service to go to and from the airport at major cities, comparing the availability and prices at several major airports around the world. These services are almost never cost-effective for business travelers, let alone the cost-conscious leisure traveler. Interestingly, he starts off with an example using Narita airport in Tokyo, describing a trip in which he used a private car for the 90-minute trek into the city, but doesn't mention how much it cost him. I bet it cost at least a hundred bucks.