Makoto Watanabe

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Less well-known regions of Japan vie for pieces of tourism pie

National Mar 20, 2016

Less well-known regions of Japan vie for pieces of tourism pie

Tourism is becoming a bright spot in the economy now that foreign visitors are venturing beyond the well-trodden "golden route" encompassing Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Oboke-Iya, a mountainous district upstream of the Yoshino River in Shikoku, has been one of the beneficiaries. Some 9,900 tourists ...

Commentary / World Jul 4, 2002

Reserved but hardly remote

The June 8 article "A right royal celebration," by former British Ambassador to Japan Sir Hugh Cortazzi, described the Golden Jubilee celebration for Queen Elizabeth II. I was happy to read that the celebration was a great success, that the respect and affection of ...