Oct 21, 2016

Japan still a developing nation in tourism: JTA chief

Despite the visitor boom, Japan is still an “undeveloped country” when it comes to tourism, Japan Tourism Agency chief Akihiko Tamura said Friday. Inbound tourism rose around 30 percent annually from 2011 to 2015, according to agency data. But the revenue represents a mere ...

Department store closures mark end of an era

Sep 28, 2016

Department store closures mark end of an era

On a recent weekday morning, the Sogo department store in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, is unusually crowded with shoppers flocking to a closing down sale before it shuts its doors for good on Friday. Many stop to take pictures of a sign at the entrance ...

English heads for elementary school in 2020 but hurdles abound

| Sep 5, 2016

English heads for elementary school in 2020 but hurdles abound

The Japanese school system’s English-teaching regimen will undergo a major revamp in the near future as the government tries to nurture more worldly talent in an age of globalization. The biggest transformation is expected in public elementary schools, where English will be taught as ...