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, ...

Aug 27, 2014

Agency plans big data survey to gauge foreign tourists' needs

The Japan Tourism Agency plans to use big data to conduct a survey on foreign tourists’ behavior so that local governments and tourism industries can develop tours and events that meet their needs, NHK reported Wednesday. For foreign visitors who agreed to cooperate, the ...

Lawson, Suntory execs to join casino push

Jan 27, 2014

Lawson, Suntory execs to join casino push

Business leaders, including top executives at Lawson Inc. and Suntory Holdings Ltd., are joining forces to back the legalization of casinos in Japan, a proposal that could open up what is estimated to be the world’s second- largest gaming market. Lawson Chief Executive Officer ...

Tourism goal within reach, JTA chief says

Jun 22, 2013

Tourism goal within reach, JTA chief says

by Kazuaki Nagata

The rapid drop in the yen helped lure a record 3.17 million tourists to Japan from January to April, but achieving the government’s goal of 10 million this year will require more work, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Norifumi Ide said. The first quarter was ...

Mar 22, 2013

Sake makers to get prominent boost from JTA

by Hiroko Nakata

The Japan Tourism Agency wants to promote sake breweries to foreign tourists to tap the drink’s growing popularity abroad and bolster regional economies, the agency said Thursday. At a meeting Tuesday, JTA will urge sake makers, tourism bodies and transportation companies to network and ...