Japan’s inbound tourism growth boosts retailers, railroad operators – Yahoo Finance
opened on December 10 Kansai Tourist Information Center Shinsaibashi (KTICS) in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi district, a popular shopping and entertainment spot among overseas visitors to Japan. KTICS is located on the third floor above the Tommy Hilfiger store. Kansai Tourist Information Center Website (English): http://www.tic-kansai.jp/sc/ The number of overseas visitors to Japan has been on the rise in recent years. Their travel styles have diversified from traveling in package tours or small groups to traveling as free independent travelers (FIT). The Kansai region in western Japan in particular can expect further increases in visitor numbers as low-cost carriers (LCC) are opening new routes between Kansai International Airport and airports in Asia and other parts of the world. Taking into consideration the changing international travel climate and great tourist spots how best to serve overseas visitors to the Kansai region, JTB Western Japan made the decision to establish KTICS. About Kansai Tourist Information Center Shinsaibashi (KTICS) Business objectives KTICS will provide one-stop services, including offering information on sightseeing spots and travel arrangements, enabling overseas visitors to the Kansai region to get the maximum enjoyment and excitement out of their visit by experiencing the region’s nature, culture and history and interacting with local residents.
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Vincent. The HFPA did get a little wacky with its love for Tim Burtons Big Eyes, giving props to both Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz for their performancesa surprising choice, since the film has received some mixed reviews. They also got a little wonky when it came to theBest Picture vs. Best Director race. While bestowing love on Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel), Duvernay, Alejandro Inarittu (Birdman) and Richard Linklater (Boyhood), they also chose David Fincher (Gone Girl), a solid choice for a film that has grossed over $330 million worldwide and received high marks for Finchers approach. However,Gone Girldidnt make the Best Picture cut, even though it earned nods for director, screenplay, and actress Rosamund Pike.
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Railroad companies are among the stocks that investors say benefited. Keisei Electric Railway Co, which connects Tokyo’s downtown and the Narita Airport, hit a 23-year high recently and is up 43 percent this year, compared to a 5.3 percent rise in the Nikkei share average. Central Japan Railway Co, which runs bullet trains between Tokyo and cities in Western Japan including Kyoto, a major tourist attraction, has hit a multi-year high, and is up 37 percent this year. Other beneficiaries include Oriental Land Co, which operates Tokyo Disney Resort, which hit a record high this month and is up 74 percent year-to-date. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) that invest in hotels are also booming.
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Golden Globe Nominations: From ‘Budapest’ to ‘Selma,’ Which Films Got an Oscar Boost? – Yahoo News
The best director and best screenplay Globe categories are always interesting because they each contain only five slots and can therefore provide clues about which of the 10 best picture nominees have the strongest shots in their respective categories more so with the drama category (the last time a film won it without also being nominated for best director was 22 years ago, with Scent of a Woman) than with the musical or comedy category (the last time a film won it without also being nominated for best director was just two years ago, with Les Miserables). See more Golden Globes: 24 of the Biggest Film and TV Snubs This year’s best picture-nominated drama Boyhood and musicals/comedies Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel each landed director and screenplay noms, as well; the same cannot be said for The Imitation Game (only screenplay) and Selma (only director), not to mention Foxcatcher, Into the Woods, Pride, St. Vincent or The Theory of Everything. Gone Girl, meanwhile, was nominated for those two prizes but not best picture. Read into that what you will. As for the acting races… Foxcatcher’s Steve Carell, The Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch and The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne were joined in the best actor (drama) category not by Cooper, Downey, McConaughey or Pitt, but by the stars of two smaller films, one a big name, Nightcrawler’s Jake Gyllenhaal, and the other not (yet), Selma’s David Oyelowo.
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