Nov 3, 2015

Rumsfeld, Van Rompuy among thousands getting Japanese awards

The government this week will honor 3,964 of the country’s most distinguished citizens while also conferring orders on a record 89 foreigners from 38 nations, including former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, officials said Tuesday. Rumsfeld, 83, and former European Council President Herman ...

Oct 17, 2015

Japan mulls paperless receipts for duty-free after refund gripes

The Japan Tourism Agency is considering a paperless tax refund system for foreign visitors, informed sources said, following a surge in the number of tourists. Foreigners can obtain tax refunds at the shops where they purchase goods but are required to show customs officers ...

Jul 15, 2015

Foreigners could be subject to death penalty under new Thai anti-graft law

Thailand has enacted a new anti-corruption law that extends a maximum penalty of capital punishment to foreigners. Previous legislation provided various punishments, including a possible death penalty, for Thai officials convicted of bribery, though apparently no one was ever executed for the crime. The ...

Jun 18, 2015

Inbound tourism boom

The goal of having 20 million people visit Japan annually by 2020 appears to be within reach thanks to a tourism boom.

Apr 30, 2015

Spending by foreign tourists broke record in January-March quarter

Tourist spending in Japan in the January-March quarter hit a record ¥706.6 billion ($5.95 billion), up 64.4 percent from a year earlier, the government said Thursday. The Japan Tourism Agency attributed the rise mainly to visitors from China, who spent ¥277.5 billion in total, ...