Aug 21, 2014

Japan logs record 1.27 million foreign visitors in July

About 1.27 million foreigners came to Japan in July, surging 26.6 percent from a year ago and the highest figure ever for a single month, government data show. The 7.53 million visitors received in the first seven months of the year also constitute a ...

Aug 15, 2014

Don Quijote to boost duty-free sales with dedicated paperwork counters

Major discount chain Don Quijote Holdings Co. plans to boost duty-free sales for foreign tourists in October, when consumable goods will be added to tax-free items, company officials said. The company will create dedicated counters where visitors from other countries can complete the procedures ...

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 ...