News Briefs

UK-Japan News July 2020

Osaka hotel picks top London talent

Palace Hotel Co. Ltd., which plans to open Zentis Osaka—the first property of its new hospitality brand—in the third quarter of this year, has turned to UK designer Tara Bernerd of Tara Bernerd & Partners to create modern interiors. (Hospitality Net, 16 June)

Aeon plans new eco drive

British firm Loop, which delivers products from popular food brands in reusable packages, is collabo­rating with retail giant Aeon Co., Ltd. to bring the service to Japan. The campaign will start in Tokyo before being rolled out to about 400 Aeon stores on Honshu and Shikoku in 2021. (The Guardian, 15 July)

Scots star signs with NTT rugby team

The Japanese Top League’s NTT Shining Arcs will be the new home of former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw when rugby play resumes in January 2021. The current season has been cancelled due to Covid-19. (The Guardian, 6 July)