Tag - foreigners



Aug 11, 2019
Most municipalities nationwide expecting more foreign visitors due to 2020 Tokyo Olympics: survey
Municipalities across Japan are expecting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year to bring more foreign visitors to their tourist attractions, a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 17, 2019
Half of foreign nationals in Tokyo experience discrimination, survey shows
Nearly half of foreign nationals living in Tokyo have experienced racial discrimination, according to a survey released Tuesday by a civic group.
Japan Times
Jan 30, 2019
Ahead of 2020 Olympics, government to strengthen steps to help foreign visitors in event of massive quake
Ahead of the 2020 Summer Games, the transport ministry said Tuesday it plans to strengthen measures to help foreign visitors in the event of a massive earthquake in the Tokyo area.
Japan Times
Dec 10, 2018
Language skills among foreign care workers a concern for nursing home officials
While a new visa system approved by the Diet, set to take effect in April, has been welcomed by Japan's labor-short nursing care businesses, questions remain about how to provide sufficient Japanese-language education for foreign workers.
Japan Times
Aug 3, 2018
Driver's licenses in Japan to start showing expiration date using Western calendar
Japan's driver's licenses will start to indicate their expiration date using the Western calendar instead of the Japanese calendar, a draft of revised traffic law regulations showed Thursday.
Japan Times
Jul 27, 2018
Hiroshima's foreign residents detail rain disaster, call for support in multiple languages
Miho Ariadny Izumi, 19, risked her life to help save a couple whose house was destroyed by a massive landslide on July 6 just outside the city of Hiroshima.
Japan Times
Jul 24, 2018
Foreign residents extend helping hand to Hiroshima amid ongoing disaster-relief efforts
Foreign residents braved scorching temperatures and joined hundreds of volunteers in Hiroshima Prefecture over the weekend to help deal with the aftermath of the recent rain disaster, an effort they said was meant to show gratitude for the hospitality they have received living in Japan.
Japan Times
May 7, 2018
More of Japan's non-Japanese are living on welfare
The number of non-Japanese here relying on social welfare has grown significantly over the past decade, a labor ministry official said Monday, as the elderly in their ranks increase at a rapid pace.
Japan Times
Dec 31, 2017
Japan's need for foreign labor to get dire as 2050 nears
As the nation struggles with a shortage of workers and an aging population, experts expect Japan to develop a severe labor shortage around mid-century.
Japan Times
Dec 21, 2017
Japan welcomes 26 million foreign visitors from January to November, up 19% from 2016
The number of visitors to Japan from January to November this year has been estimated at 26,169,400, up 19.0 percent from a year earlier, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Aug 1, 2017
IMF urges Japan to boost foreign, female and elderly labor participation
The International Monetary Fund has called on Japan to promote the use of foreign workers and the participation of women and elderly people in the labor market as part of efforts to achieve firmer and sustained growth.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 5, 2017
Japan's population falls for eighth straight year but number of foreign residents rises
Japan's population fell last year at the fastest pace since the current survey started in 1968. As of Jan. 1, there were 125,583,658 Japanese nationals, down a record 308,084 from a year earlier.
Feb 3, 2017
Homestays at 500 farms and fishing ports eyed to reach new tourism goal
The government aims to establish 500 areas for homestays at farms and fishing communities nationwide as it attempts to get 40 million visitors a year visiting Japan by 2020, according to a draft of the action plan.
Jan 23, 2017
Japan to simplify residency process for foreign nationals with online service
The government opts to launch an online service allowing foreigners to apply and update their residency status from fiscal 2018.
Japan Times
Jul 31, 2016
Tokyo NPO founder shows foreign residents how to survive disasters
No one can truly be prepared for a calamity like the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, even for Japanese who have gone through disaster drills regularly since childhood to learn how to react.
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 21, 2016
Overseas investors dump Japan stocks for first time in four years
The ratio of Japanese stocks held by foreign investors at the end of fiscal 2015 was down 1.9 percentage points from a year earlier at 29.8 percent, data showed Monday. It was the first decline in four years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 20, 2016
Multilingual labor advisory services lacking in 20 prefectures
Foreign workers with labor gripes have nowhere to turn to in 20 prefectures where bilingual government advisory services are nonexistent, it is learned.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Feb 28, 2016
In referendum, Swiss voters seen rejecting expulsion of foreigners who break the law
Swiss voters were forecast to reject a referendum proposal that foreign law-breakers be deported, according to initial projections from an exit poll by Swiss broadcaster SRF on Sunday.
Nov 3, 2015
Rumsfeld, Van Rompuy among thousands getting Japanese awards
The government this week will honor 3,964 of the country's most distinguished citizens while also conferring orders on a record 89 foreigners from 38 nations, including former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, officials said Tuesday.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 15, 2015
Justice Ministry unveils eased refugee-recognition criteria but critics quick to cry foul
A wide-ranging review will cover everything from accepting more highly skilled non-Japanese workers and revising the foreign trainee program to cracking down harder on visa overstayers.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on