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One of Japan's largest travel agencies will start marketing vacation packages to Israel this October, JTB President Takashi Sasaki told Tourism Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch last week in Japan. Aharonovitch met with Sasaki over the weekend to discuss ways of encouraging Japanese tourism to Israel. For the past five years, Japanese travel agencies have not offered vacation packages in Israel. Sasaki said he would encourage the Japanese government and airlines to start running regular flights between the two countries, and that he believed there would be a high demand for such services. Currently, there are no regular direct flights from Israel to Japan. (Irit Rosenblum)

Startup Cellebrite was sold to the Japanese Sun Corporation and its California-based FutureDial subsidiary for $17.5 million. But what is different about this story is that the money is not going to a venture capital fund, but instead will go to the workers and entrepreneurs - without their having invested anything. Cellebrite, founded in 1999, specializes in mobile content transfer and backup solutions. It has 45 employees - 35 in research and development in Israel, and the rest in sales in the U.S. (Guy Grimland)

Internal flights to the North of Israel will resume soon, as a breakthrough agreement is expected soon between Tamir Aviation and Victor Hajaj, the operator of the airfield in Kiryat Shmona. Tamir - winner of the tender to operate such flights - and Hajaj have been in court over Hajaj's demands for what Tamir considers excessive payments. Tamir also has filed a personal suit against Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz and the ministry's director general, Gideon Siterman. The company says that it is ready to resume flights immediately. (Zohar Blumenkrantz)



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