Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

Aug 29, 2016

Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

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In view of the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan, Fujita Kanko Inc., a Tokyo-based hotel chain, is stepping up efforts to train female staff in providing service in the style of okami at Japanese ryokan (inns). The okami is the chief female ...

Japan Post Bank to introduce 16-language ATMs

Aug 27, 2016

Japan Post Bank to introduce 16-language ATMs

Japan Post Bank plans to introduce automated teller machines that can conduct transactions in 16 different languages starting in January to meet demand from international visitors ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Jiji Press learned Saturday. ATMs that display instructions in such ...

Aug 26, 2016

Japanese firms plan new conversational English-gauging exam

Three Japanese companies said Thursday that they will launch a new test to measure the ability to take care of guests from foreign countries using English conversation. The three firms are publisher Obunsha Co., Casio Computer Co. and Mainichi Newspapers Co. They plan to ...

Narita airport saw customer traffic surge 9% during Bon

Aug 25, 2016

Narita airport saw customer traffic surge 9% during Bon

Passengers who used Narita International Airport during the Bon holidays rose 9 percent to 1,085,630 compared with the previous year, according to preliminary immigration data released Thursday. The growth reflected the increase chiefly caused by the new “Mountain Day” holiday on Aug. 11 and ...

World's longest glass bridge opens over canyon in China

Aug 22, 2016

World's longest glass bridge opens over canyon in China

Tourists who suffer from vertigo need not apply. The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened Saturday in China’s spectacular Zhangjiajie mountains — an inspiration for Hollywood blockbuster Avatar. Some 430 meters long and suspended 300 meters above the earth, the bridge spans a ...

Japan may exempt foreign tourists from liquor tax

Aug 21, 2016

Japan may exempt foreign tourists from liquor tax

As part of the effort to boost regional economies, the Japan Tourism Agency plans to seek an exemption for domestically produced alcoholic drinks such as sake from the liquor tax when purchased by foreign tourists, agency officials said Saturday. The agency will call for ...