English-language services debut at two key police boxes in Tokyo

Oct 1, 2016

English-language services debut at two key police boxes in Tokyo

The Metropolitan Police Department on Friday launched English-language services at two police boxes in the capital to help deal with the tourism surge in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics. The foreigner-friendly police boxes are in the Kabukicho entertainment district in Shinjuku Ward and ...

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Sep 30, 2016

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed cases linking the sickness and the birth defect. The announcement could affect Thailand’s key tourism industry, one the ...

'Pokemon Go' players deter suicides in Fukui

Sep 30, 2016

'Pokemon Go' players deter suicides in Fukui

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Another unintentional side effect of “Pokemon Go” fever has emerged — and it’s not in the form of traffic violations or accidents. Instead, the smartphone app is playing a positive role at one of the nation’s notorious suicide spots, discouraging people from killing themselves. ...

Six railway operators launch English map for tourists

Sep 30, 2016

Six railway operators launch English map for tourists

East Japan Railway Co. and Tokyo Metro Co. are among six railway operators that have created an English railway map to help tourists reach major sightseeing spots in and around Tokyo. Shown on the front side of the A3-size map, called Tokyo Sightseeing Map, ...

Sep 29, 2016

Pay-by-fingerprint system to be tested at tourism hot spots

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is set to test a system allowing travelers to make payments at popular tourist spots using only their fingerprints. The trial, to start in popular destinations such as Hakone and Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, will be part ...

New 3,500-meter runway proposed for Narita International Airport

Sep 28, 2016

New 3,500-meter runway proposed for Narita International Airport

A public-private council is proposing that a 3,500-meter-long runway be added at Narita International Airport. The new runway was part of plans adopted at a meeting of the council Tuesday in the city of Chiba that brought together officials from the central government, Narita ...

Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination

Sep 22, 2016

Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination

Bangkok has beaten London to be crowned the world’s most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking by global payments and technology company Mastercard released on Thursday. Tourism has been one of the rare bright spots for Thailand, Southeast Asia’s second-largest ...