City famed for cherry blossoms deploys camera drone

Apr 21, 2016

City famed for cherry blossoms deploys camera drone

A northeastern city renowned for its cherry blossom is teaming up with a software developer to film the scene using drones, in a bid to boost tourism and assist in the upkeep of the trees. Senboku in Akita Prefecture, which boasts the cherry trees ...

Japan's revised insurance law leads to raft of new policy options

Apr 21, 2016

Japan's revised insurance law leads to raft of new policy options

There is strong demand for new inexpensive, short-term insurance plans, ranging from landlords’ death coverage to medical policies for foreign tourists. Sendai-based Prevent SAST Insurance Co. offers a legal-expenses plan named Mikata. It was introduced in response to increasing numbers of people seeking legal ...

Apr 18, 2016

Japan's film commissions put spotlight on regional cities

Japan’s regional revitalization efforts have come into the spotlight in a new way, with film commissions promoting parts of the nation through location scouting and production assistance. Usually set up as nonprofit organizations, the commissions help filmmakers obtain permits to shoot in public places, ...

Bollywood actress to shoot Japan calendar to boost tourism

Apr 9, 2016

Bollywood actress to shoot Japan calendar to boost tourism

Bollywood actress Evelyn Sharma said Friday that she, along with Miss World Japan 2015, Chika Naka-gawa, will appear in a 2017 calendar featuring photos taken at tourist sites around the nation as part of a project to attract more Indian tourists to Japan. In ...

Apr 8, 2016

JNTO to add seven more overseas offices to bolster tourism boom

Japan will set up tourism promotion offices in seven cities abroad including Manila, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi this fiscal year to reel in more foreign visitors, tourism chief Ryoichi Matsuyama said Thursday. “We particularly want to promote the attractiveness of regional destinations in ...