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 ...

Foreign delinquency presents special challenges

Jan 8, 2014

Foreign delinquency presents special challenges

by Tomohiro Osaki

Sitting in a dimly lit room at a training school for juvenile delinquents in Tokyo, an 18-year-old Brazilian-Japanese boy reflects on his misdeeds. Though he ended up at the reformatory about a year ago for groping a woman, the deeper story of his detention ...

Aug 29, 2013

Foreigners make up 1.5% of populace

There were 1.98 million foreign residents in Japan as of March 31, accounting for 1.54 percent of the population, with 84.28 percent of them between the ages of 15 and 64, according to the latest government figures. The data were released for the first ...

Jul 25, 2013

Municipalities not issuing non-Japanese disaster guides

by Kazuaki Nagata

Many municipalities across the country don’t offer disaster prevention guidebooks or maps in foreign languages and have no plans to do so, according to a recent survey. Okayama-based Learn-S Co., a maker of school textbooks and informational brochures for foreigners put out by local ...

Jul 23, 2013

Guide for foreigners outlines Japanese immigration law

A nonprofit organization in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, has published a guidebook written in simple Japanese aimed at helping foreigners living in Japan understand the latest revisions to immigration regulations. Mieko Suzuki, 66, leader of the organization Tochigi Times, published the book in May to ...

Overstayers need speed, lawyer says

May 17, 2013

Overstayers need speed, lawyer says

by Tomohiro Osaki

Since debuting in October as Japan’s first law office catering to foreign nationals, Tokyo Public Law Office Mita Branch — Foreigners and International Service in Minato Ward has been deluged with appointments. And lawyer Masako Suzuki believes there are more non-Japanese in dire need ...