Media stews over growing Chinese numbers in Japan

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jul 14, 2018

Media stews over growing Chinese numbers in Japan

Since last year, immigration has been dominating the news in North America and Europe. Recently, it's become a hot topic in Japan as well. Business weekly Shukan Diamond (July 7) ran a 34-page, three-part special titled "Nippon no Chugokujin: Zen kaimei" (The Chinese of Japan: ...

Implementation of minpaku laws lambasted

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jun 30, 2018

Implementation of minpaku laws lambasted

One year ago, the Kasumigaseki Watch column in the monthly business magazine Keizaikai (August 2017) noted that while the government has set an annual target of 40 million foreign visitors by 2020, the tourism ministry was unable to formulate an effective strategy due to ...

Using the internet to dig up some basics in Japanese

Bilingual Apr 30, 2018

Using the internet to dig up some basics in Japanese

Once, many, many years ago, I found a rail pass someone left behind next to a public pay phone in Hamamatsucho Station in Tokyo's Minato Ward. Before handing in the pass into the stationmaster's office for deposit in the お忘れ物承り所 (o-wasuremono uketamawari-jo, lost-and-found department), I ...