Returning travelers flood planes, trains on Golden Week finale

May 6, 2015

Returning travelers flood planes, trains on Golden Week finale

Airports, trains and expressways in Japan continued to be packed on Wednesday as travelers returned from their spring getaways on the last day of the Golden Week holiday period. Reserved seats on shinkansen trains bound for Tokyo were nearly fully booked in the afternoon, ...

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, ...

Anti-dengue plague plan eyed by health ministry

Apr 29, 2015

Anti-dengue plague plan eyed by health ministry

The health ministry will soon draw up guidelines to prevent a new outbreak of dengue fever, after last summer’s incidence became the nation’s first in about 70 years. A total of 162 people were infected with the virus across 18 prefectures last year. An ...