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 paper ...

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.

May 27, 2015

80% of nighttime public junior high students are non-Japanese: survey

Foreign nationals account for some 80 percent of students at Japan’s public nighttime junior high schools, according to an education ministry survey.Such schools are operated for people who were unable to finish compulsory education because of wartime and postwar turmoil, as well as for ...

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, up ...

Apr 28, 2015

Hakodate guidebook offers glimpse into past


As the city of Hakodate gears up for the launch of the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line next March, a group of local history lovers has published a new guidebook on the region.A year in the making, “In 150 Pictures — The International City of Hakodate ...