Jun 18, 2014

Boosting visitors to Japan

The government has adopted a set of measures aimed at achieving a target of doubling the number of visitors to Japan to 20 million in 2020.

Mar 19, 2014

Tokyo to put up more multi-language signs for Olympics

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo and the central government launched on Wednesday a public-private council to come up with ways to put up more multiple-language signs for the 2020 Olympics. “It’s important to improve the environment for welcoming an influx of foreign visitors, in addition to preparing competition ...

English added to Hiroshima street signs

Jan 29, 2014

English added to Hiroshima street signs

Beginning in Hiroshima on Wednesday, the infrastructure ministry started adding English equivalents to street signs to make it easier for foreign visitors to find their way. A sign in the center of the city that read “Rijo-dori” in Roman letters now reads “Rijo dori ...

Jan 21, 2014

Foreign arrivals at Kansai hub in '13 up 29%

The number of foreign visitors entering Japan through Kansai International Airport in 2013 rose 29 percent from the year before to 4,638,311, hitting a record high for the second straight year since the airport was opened in 1994, the airport operator said Monday in ...

Chubu won't stop at just 10 million tourists

| Jan 10, 2014

Chubu won't stop at just 10 million tourists

The government achieved its target of seeing 10 million tourists in 2013, thanks largely to the easing of visa requirements for Southeast Asian travelers and the weakening of the yen to fight deflation. On Dec. 25, a special 3.6-meter signboard was set up in ...

Japan on path to achieve foreign visitor target

| Aug 22, 2013

Japan on path to achieve foreign visitor target

The government’s goal of drawing 10 million foreign travelers a year is in sight following a report Wednesday that the monthly visitor count in July hit a record high of just over 1 million. While a variety of efforts are being made both in ...

Aug 21, 2013

Visitors to Japan top 1 million for record-high month in July

More than 1 million foreign visitors came to Japan in July, a record high for any month ever, due partly to the effect of eased visa requirements for Southeast Asian nations, a government tourism body said Wednesday. The arrivals, numbering 1,003,100, eclipsed the previous ...