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16.3 mil. foreigners visit Japan this year – Japan likely to hit 2020 tourism goal early

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/18/2015

Foreign tourism in Japan over 16 million

Japan Likely to Hit 2020 Tourism Goal Early, Thanks to Chinese Visitors – In the first 10 months of the year, 16.3 million foreign tourists have visited, beating prior full-year record
Date: Nov 18, 2015
Source: The Wall Street Journal by Jun Hongo

TOKYO — Chinese tourists have pushed Japan within reach of its ambitious tourism target—five years ahead of schedule.

Japan has attracted 16.3 million foreign tourists already this year, beating its previous full-year record of 13.4 million as the number of Chinese visitors has more than doubled, according to data released Wednesday by the Japan National Tourism Organization.

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Japan Tourism Agency select 7 routes for foreign travelers to visit more destinations

| Kyushu News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/13/2015

Japan's 7 Routes Map for Foreign Tourists

7 routes to be promoted to foreign tourists
Date: June 12, 2015
Source: The Japan Times

For the first time, the Tourism Agency on Friday selected seven regional sightseeing routes within the nation for foreign tourists. The agency aims to encourage foreign tourists — who primarily tend to visit the Tokyo metropolitan area, an area surrounding Mt. Fuji and the Kansai area — to visit attractive sightseeing spots in regional areas linked to specific themes.

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Foreign visitors to Japan hit monthly record in February 2015

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 03/18/2015

Foreign Visitors to Japan in Feb 2015

February sees record number of foreign visitors
Date: Mar. 18, 2015
Source: NHK World

Foreign tourists have been making a beeline for Japan, mainly drawn by the weaker yen. Their numbers spiked last month during the Lunar New Year holidays, setting a single-month record.

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Japan’s largest department store group, Isetan Mitsukoshi, to further expand hospitality for foreign visitors

| Travel and Tourism News | 09/24/2014

Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings - for Foreign Visitors

Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, Japan’s largest department store group, to further expand hospitality for visitors from abroad following revision to tax exemption system on Oct. 1
Date: Sep 24, 2014
Source: Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.

The Isetan Mitsukoshi group, the largest department store group in Japan, will expand its hospitality services for the growing number of foreigners visiting Japan, including setting up or enlarging duty-free counters to expedite procedures for tax-exempt purchases and offering multilingual catalogs to make shopping more convenient and enjoyable, Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. announced Sept. 24.

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Japan receives record 1.27 mil foreign visitors in July. 26.6% up from last July

| Travel and Tourism News | 08/20/2014

foreign visitors jul 2014

Japan receives record foreign visitors in July
Date: Aug 20, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japanese government officials say nearly 1.27 million foreign tourists visited Japan in July. The figure marked a record for a one-month period, topping the 1.23 million set this April.

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Business hotel operator, Toyoko Inn, plans to open hotels in Germany, France and possibly US

| Travel and Tourism News | 08/20/2014

Toyoko Inn

Toyoko Inn to open business hotels in Europe, US
Date: Aug 21, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — As part of its Western expansion, business hotel operator Toyoko Inn plans to open hotels in Germany and France and possibly the U.S.

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Sunrise Inn Iwaki to open in Fukushima after Great East Japan Earthquake

| Travel and Tourism News | 08/19/2014

Sunrise Inn Iwaki - Rooms

Fukushima Hotelier’s Commitment to Local Business Gets Support – Juichiya Company’s Sunrise Inn Iwaki Opens in Iwaki City on August 19 -
Date: Aug 18, 2014
Source: Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation

Local hotelier, Juichiya Company Ltd., opens the doors of Sunrise Inn Iwaki to guests on Tuesday August 19. The opening of this brand new accommodation in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture is being made possible through 50 million yen in loan support from the Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation (MCDRF).

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Japan plans to increase duty free products and shops for foreign tourist

| Travel and Tourism News | 08/14/2014

Duty Free Shop

Japan to ease rules to lure foreign shoppers
Date: Aug 15, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — Japan plans to loosen regulations to encourage shopping by foreign tourists, streamlining the tax exemption process and making it easier for merchants to set up stands catering to cruise ship passengers.

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Japanese students learn how to guide tourists at 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

| Sports and Health News, Travel and Tourism News | 08/07/2014

Tokyo Olympics 2020

Students learn how to guide tourists at 2020 Games
Date: Aug 6, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japanese students are learning how to welcome foreign tourists and offer them hospitality (Omotenashi) in preparation for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

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New onsen hotel “Ofunato Onsen Hotel” to open in tsunami-devastated Iwate prefecture

| Travel and Tourism News | 07/24/2014

Ofunato Onsen Hotel

Ofunato City Unveils New Landmark
Date: Jul 23, 2014
Source: Mitsubishi Corporation

- Ofunato Onsen Hotel to give locals relaxation space and revitalize tourism product -

Local hotelier, Kairakuso, Ltd opens a new hotel in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture on July 31. The opening of the hotel, Ofunato Onsen, is being made possible through a contribution of 50 million yen in loan funds from the Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation (MCDRF). These funds complement support already being provided by The Bank of Iwate, a local financial institution.

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Japan railway company JR East to launch new luxury sleeper train in spring 2017

| News, Reports, Travel and Tourism News, Vehicles & Transportation | 06/04/2014

JR East Luxury Sleeper Train - Concept Design: Exterior

JR East to launch new luxury sleeper train
Date: Jun5, 2014
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun

East Japan Railway Co. is ramping up efforts to increase the number of passengers who travel by train for sightseeing purposes. The company will launch a luxury sleeper trains service for affluent individuals as early as spring 2017. Also, JR East will develop and create travel products for foreign visitors to Japan in cooperation with Japan Airlines.

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Japanese cuisine “Washoku” added to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

| Awards and Honors, Culture and Society News, Foods and Drinks News, Foods and Drinks Reports, News, Reports, Travel and Tourism News | 12/04/2013

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UNESCO picks Japanese cuisine as cultural heritage
Date: Dec 4, 2013
Source: NHK WORLD

UNESCO has added Japanese cuisine and food culture to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

The world body’s intergovernmental committee made the decision at a meeting in Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Japan filed an application with UNESCO in March last year, following a request by a Japanese civic group.

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Japanese Luxury Cruise Train “Seven Stars” Makes First Appearance

| Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 09/13/2013

Seven Stars

Kyushu Railway unveils luxury sightseeing train
Date: Sep. 13, 2013
Source: NHK WORLD

A railway operator in Kyushu, southwestern Japan, has unveiled a luxury sightseeing train that will debut next month.

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