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Japan to Install Wireless LANs at National Parks (News)

Tokyo, July 24 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Environment Ministry will set up public wireless LAN services at national parks by the end of fiscal 2017, hoping to draw more overseas tourists. Under a project announced last week by the ministry, free wireless connectivity will be available in 63 visitor information centers within the parks, excluding those in Oze and Minami Alps national parks, and in two…

Rakuten Joins Hands with US Rental Lodging Website Operator (News)

Tokyo, July 3 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese cybermall operator Rakuten Inc. said Monday that it has reached through an affiliate a business tie-up agreement with HomeAway Inc. of the United States, which operates one of the world's largest rental lodging websites. Rakuten hopes to expand its minpaku rental lodging business by providing HomeAway with information on related properties across Japan…

Japan Ranks Fifteenth in Number of Foreign Visitors (News)

Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)—Japan ranked 15th in the world in terms of the number of visitors from abroad last year, a government white paper said Tuesday. The number of visitors to Japan grew 21.8% from the previous year to 24.04 million, according to the 2017 white paper on tourism. Nine of the country's 10 regions saw an increase in the total number of foreign visitors who stayed at accomm…

Park Worker Punished for Not Collecting Fees from Foreigners (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 20 (Jiji Press)—The Environment Ministry said Friday that it has punished a 71-year-old part-time worker at Shinjuku Gyoen National Park in central Tokyo for neglecting to collect entry fees from some non-Japanese speakers. According to the ministry, the worker claimed that he was not familiar with foreign languages and had been traumatized by trouble with a foreign visitor. The …

Getting Serious About International TourismNagai Tomomi

With the 2020 Olympics approaching, the Abe government has laid out ambitious plans to turn Japan into one of the world’s top tourist destinations. What will it take for this island country to triple tourist arrivals over the next 15 years?

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