Mar 16, 2016

Number of visitors to Japan rose 36% in February

The estimated number of visitors to Japan in February increased by 36.4 percent from a year earlier to 1,891,400, marking the second-highest monthly total ever, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. The figure was second only to the 1,918,400 recorded in July 2015. ...

Nov 30, 2015

JNTO launches video contest for non-Japanese

The Japan National Tourism Organization has announced it will hold a video contest for non-Japanese tourists and residents as part of a campaign to promote the country through foreigners’ eyes. Those who wish to participate in the”My Japan Story Video Challenge” contest should post ...

Foreign tourists and their money both set records in Japan

Jan 20, 2015

Foreign tourists and their money both set records in Japan

The number of foreign visitors surged 29.4 percent in 2014 from the previous year to an estimated 13.41 million, a record high for the second straight year, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Tuesday. Factors behind the increase included the cheaper yen and easier ...

Dec 19, 2013

2012 saw number of international conferences in Japan hit 10-year high

Japan hosted 2,337 international meetings in 2012, the highest in 10 years, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. The result represents an increase of 23.5 percent from 2011, when such meetings slumped because of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in March, ...

Oct 24, 2013

Foreign tourists break record for September

The number of foreign tourists in September surged 31.7 percent over the previous year to 867,000, breaking the record for the month, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. But the number of South Korean visitors fell below 200,000 for the first time this ...

Standing up for the right to sit down in public

Oct 10, 2010

Standing up for the right to sit down in public

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A quick story about me, public seating and Japan: It’s 1994. I’ve been in Tokyo less than a week and this is my first time in Shinjuku. Lunchtime comes and my student thriftiness and Australian love of the outdoors beget a plan: I’ll grab ...