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Japan to Attract More People to Snow Resorts (News)

Tokyo (Jiji Press)—The Japan Tourism Agency plans to launch model projects in early December to consider ways to attract more people, including foreign tourists, to the nation's snow resorts amid the declining skiing and snowboarding population. The skiing and snowboarding population in Japan fell by some 40% to 7.4 million in 2015 after peaking at 18 million in 1998. The decline apparently …

Toward Safer Roads for Foreign Rental Car Drivers

The number of foreigners renting cars in Japan has surged in recent years. With the number of accidents involving foreign drivers increasing in popular tourist destinations, the Japanese government has set its sights on trying to curb car accidents.

JR Group Firms to Operate Joint Across-Japan Luxury Train Tour (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)—The seven Japan Railways Group companies said Tuesday they will offer a special across-Japan sightseeing tour plan using 24 select trains including the Cassiopeia overnight limited express, whose regular operations ended in March last year. The joint project is one of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the privatization of the Japanese National Railways, through …

Japanese Magazine Cover Sparks Media Storm in TaiwanSumiki Hikari

A recent cover of the Japanese magazine Brutus had Taiwanese media outlets up in arms, upset at the representation of their country. Brutus is well known in Taiwan among followers of the latest trends. It can be found in virtually every bookshop and café, and within arm’s reach of almost every creator. It is an essential publication guiding young Taiwanese people’s consideration of their own cu…

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Record 13.34 Million Foreigners Enter Japan in First Half of 2017 (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)—The number of foreigners who entered Japan in the first half of 2017 jumped 16.4% from a year earlier to 13.34 million, the highest level ever on a half-year basis, the Justice Ministry said Thursday. The result is partly attributed to new Japan-connected airline routes, mainly opened by low-cost carriers, and a loosening of visa requirements for people from Southeas…

Electric-Scooter-Sharing Service to Be Tested on Southern Japan Island (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)—Sumitomo Corp. said Thursday that it will test an electric scooter-sharing service on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture starting by the end of March next year. The Japanese trading house will carry out the test in a partnership with the Ishigaki city government. The sharing service is designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that are increasing in line wit…

Bubble Era Disco Maharaja Reopens in Kyoto (News)

Kyoto, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)—Maharaja, a popular disco during Japan's bubble economy era in the 1980s, reopened in Kyoto's Gion district this month. The nightclub aims to attract people who enjoyed the asset-inflated bubble economy, as well as foreign tourists, by making use of Gion's position as the site of a number of sightseeing spots. In the 1980s and 1990s, there were some 60 Maharaja d…

Visitors to Japan Top 20 Million for Second Straight Year (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)—The estimated number of visitors to Japan this year exceeded 20 million on Friday, surpassing the threshold for the second straight year, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Tamura Akihiko said Wednesday. The 20-million mark, which was reached about six weeks earlier than last year, was achieved due chiefly to sharp growth in the number of tourists from mainland China…

A Trip to Ninja Country: Three Museums Dedicated to the Master Spies

Iga and Kōka, two cities in western Japan, are celebrated for their association with ninja. Visitors today can learn more about these legendary figures and reenact some of their deeds at museums here.

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