Jul 24, 2014

Foreign tourists shatter first-half record

A record 6.26 million people visited Japan in the first half thanks to the yen’s weakness and a jump in international flights to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, a government estimate says. “If this pace continues for the remaining months of the year, we can expect ...

Jul 24, 2014

Kintetsu department store woos foreign shoppers

Kintetsu Department Store Co. wants more foreign customers to shop at its flagship store, which opened in Japan’s tallest skyscraper in March, President Keiji Takamatsu said. In a recent interview, Takamatsu said the Osaka-based company wants to raise 3 percent of its overall revenue ...

Keikyu using new app for foreign visitors

Jul 16, 2014

Keikyu using new app for foreign visitors

by Masaaki Kameda

Keikyu Corp., a major private railway serving the Tokyo area, began trial operations Wednesday for a service in which staff members use tablet computers to translate information for customers in 27 languages. Employees at the Keikyu Line’s stations in Shinagawa and Haneda Airport International ...

Jul 4, 2014

Kobe ties free Wi-Fi access offer to passports

Officials in Kobe said Friday the city will launch a free wireless Internet service for foreign tourists from the end of this month. The service is aimed at improving services for tourists visiting the city while encouraging them to share their experiences instantly on ...

Son commits to Wi-Fi spots for foreign visitors

Jun 20, 2014

Son commits to Wi-Fi spots for foreign visitors

by Kazuaki Nagata

SoftBank Corp. CEO Masayoshi Son said Friday the company will offer free Wi-Fi to foreign tourists in Japan. Son was replying to a question from an individual investor during SoftBank’s annual shareholders’ meeting on whether it will provide free wireless Internet access to international ...

Jun 13, 2014

Wi-Fi blitz planned for Olympics

The government unveiled plans Thursday to provide more foreign visitors with speedy wireless Internet access before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will promote the spread of free Wi-Fi hot spots but also “encourage” the purchase of Japanese SIM cards for incompatible smartphones bought overseas. ...

Jun 10, 2014

Officials counting on tourism boom

The government said Tuesday it will make full use of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to boost international tourism numbers. The Olympics will provide a powerful tailwind to achieve the government’s target of drawing 20 million foreign visitors a year, the 2014 white paper on ...

JR East takes the wraps off new luxury train

Jun 4, 2014

JR East takes the wraps off new luxury train

by Kazuaki Nagata

East Japan Railway Co. has unveiled the designs for a luxury train that’s scheduled to roll into operation around spring 2017. The exterior design of the lead car features a modern look, with big windows that will allow passengers a dynamic viewing range. The ...

May 23, 2014

Rent-a-room biz eyed for tourists

Major real estate agency Able Inc. has announced it will start a novel room rental service for foreign visitors to Japan that will utilize vacant private homes and apartments. The service, to be launched in October in greater Tokyo and the Kinki area in ...