Bureaucrat's rap video pitching Akita city goes viral

Aug 17, 2016

Bureaucrat's rap video pitching Akita city goes viral

An elite central government bureaucrat on loan to the municipal government of Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, is generating a buzz by appearing in the city’s PR video dressed like a rapper. In it, Nobuyuki Fujii, 34, an internal affairs ministry official who has served as ...

Daily lets Mount Fuji hikers publish, appear in own 'newspaper'

Aug 14, 2016

Daily lets Mount Fuji hikers publish, appear in own 'newspaper'

Tourists going to Mount Fuji can enjoy the fun of making a newspaper to chronicle their visit to the world heritage site, thanks to the daily Yamanashi Nichinichi Shimbun. The newspaper in Yamanashi Prefecture, which shares the 3,776-meter volcano with Shizuoka Prefecture, uses newspaper ...

Aug 13, 2016

Few fliers using fast-lane immigration service at Narita

Few passengers are using the fast-lane immigration service at Narita International Airport, four months after Tokyo’s main gateway became the first airport in Japan to introduce the service, the transport ministry and the airport’s operator said Saturday. The average number of daily users stands ...

Osaka travel agency offers Muslim-friendly Japan tours

Aug 12, 2016

Osaka travel agency offers Muslim-friendly Japan tours

A travel agency based in Osaka city is offering tours catering specifically to Muslim visitors — a growing segment of inbound travelers from abroad — featuring a visit to a mosque, halal food and an attendant who adheres to Islam. Miyako International Tourist Co. ...

Aug 10, 2016

Japan mulling three-year extension of aircraft fuel tax cut

As part of efforts to support the domestic tourism industry, the transport ministry plans to extend a temporary cut in the aircraft fuel tax for three years beyond the end of fiscal 2016, when it is currently scheduled to expire, informed sources said Wednesday. ...