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 23, 2014

A Japan first: Annual foreign visitors surpass 13 million

The number of foreign visitors to Japan this year has exceeded 13 million for the first time ever, the transport and tourism ministry said Monday. The number has shot up nearly 30 percent from the year-before level chiefly thanks to the yen’s weakening against ...

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 ...