Apr 28, 2016

Surge in foreign visitors boosts profits of ANA, JAL in fiscal 2015

Robust demand from foreign travelers to Japan boosted profits of the country’s two major airlines in fiscal 2015, according to their earnings reports released Thursday. ANA Holdings Inc. reported a record group net profit of ¥78.17 billion ($723 million) for the year through March ...

Foreign visitor stays surged to 66.37 million in 2015

Mar 1, 2016

Foreign visitor stays surged to 66.37 million in 2015

Hotel stays by foreign visitors to Japan rose 48.1 percent in 2015 to a record 66.37 million, government has shown, in the wake of a weak yen and measures such as tax-free shopping and the easing of visa rules. Visitor stays are estimated by ...

Jan 21, 2016

Number of passengers through Narita airport hits record high in 2015

The number of domestic and international passengers using Narita International Airport near Tokyo hit a record high in 2015 for the second consecutive year, the airport’s operator said Thursday. The figure increased 5 percent from the previous year to 37.32 million, reflecting a surge ...

Japan revamps map symbols that baffle tourists

Jan 12, 2016

Japan revamps map symbols that baffle tourists

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The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) has released a set of new standard symbols for foreign-language maps after criticism that some of its current pictograms are hard to understand or are even offensive. The most notorious of these is the swastika-like symbol for ...