Jan 14, 2015

Taxi stickers in Osaka to notify foreigners of automatic doors

A taxi industry group in Osaka Prefecture will start placing stickers in cabs starting in early February to inform foreigners they don’t need to open or close the doors themselves. The sticker, which says “Please let the driver handle the door when opening and ...

Visa overstayers launch campaign for 'legalization'

Aug 18, 2014

Visa overstayers launch campaign for 'legalization'

by Tomohiro Osaki

A group of visa overstayers launched a month-long campaign Monday in which they will ask 36 local assemblies in the Kanto region for special permission to remain in the country legally. Spearheaded by the Asian People’s Friendship Society, a nonprofit organization, the campaign includes ...

Stores looking to tourists for big sales

Mar 25, 2014

Stores looking to tourists for big sales

Many major department stores are zeroing in on foreign tourists and other visitors exempt from paying the consumption tax if they spend over a certain amount, anticipating that sales of luxury items will plunge following the sales tax hike next Tuesday. Department stores have ...

Mar 11, 2014

J. League probes 'Japanese only' banner displayed at Urawa match

The nation’s professional soccer league said Monday it was investigating after an apparently racist banner reading “Japanese only” appeared at a weekend match. The large banner, written in English, was hoisted near a gate to the stands of a stadium in the city of ...