This week on Japan News Roundup, a famous Japanese bike route makes the cut, the U.S. and Canada finally get a Japanese blockbuster hit, and the Ghibli Museum has reason to celebrate, and more.
Shimanami Kaido Bike Route Takes Spot in World’s Top 50 Bike Routes List
This famous, breath-taking biking trail runs along the Shimanami Kaido, otherwise known as the Nishiseto Expressway and ‘island-hops’ across multiple isles starting at Onomichi, Hiroshima and ending in Imabari, Ehime. The Lonely Planet series of travel books has recently published a book for the world’s best 50 bike route in which this scenic route nabbed four pages to itself and is the only Japanese bike route to be included.
Mitsubishi Electric had recently come under fire as they had been found to have forced an employee to work more than 60 hours of overtime in a month, 60 being the maximum allowed in the contract. But strides are being made in Japan’s work force as the recent events at Dentsu, Inc. mixed with Prime Minister Abe’s pressures on businesses to better the image of Japan’s work culture are successfully making companies seek reformations and positive change.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli Museum Hits 10 Millionth Visitor Milestone
The Ghibli Museum which celebrates the works of Studio Ghibli films and features screenings of shorts has just served it’s 10 Millionth customer as a family of four came to visit on January 14th. The museum has been open since 2001 and continues to sell out, warranting advance reservations and limitations on daily guests.
After 3 Years of Service, U.S. Ambassador Kennedy to Japan Set to Leave
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, secured and strengthened ties between a liberal President Barack Obama and conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, along with their respectful nations. She served for three years during Obama’s presidency and despite some early mishaps, she leaves Japan as popular as ever, leaving behind people who show their gratitude with gifts and farewell messages for the causes she helped bring attention to such as women’s and LGBT rights in Japan.
“your name” Anime To Get Theater Release in U.S., Canada
“your name”, directed by Makoto Shinkai (also the author of the original novel by the same name), has been critically and publicly acclaimed. It is the 4th highest grossing film in Japanese history and the highest grossing anime film in the world at the box office coming in at over $330 million USD. Fans of anime are going to want to look out for this one coming to at least 200 theaters on April 7th, according to distributor, Funimation.
That’s it for this week’s Japan News Roundup!