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Spend 1,000 Yen($10) at Shopping Malls in Odaiba, You Have Chance to Win Gift Certificate Up to 10,000 Yen($100)

| Events, Tokyo Events & Expo, Travel and Tourism Events & Expo | 07/01/2018

Tokyo Shopping Week at ODAIBA

A Summer Shopping Campaign Spread out across 4 Shopping Centers in the Odaiba Area!

Date: June 29, 2018
Source: Tokyo Shopping Week at ODAIBA Campaign Desk

TOKYO – In time for the summer holiday from August 1st to 31st, nearly 480 shops located in Aqua City Odaiba (Mitsubishi Jisho Retail Property Management), VenusFort (Mori Building), DiverCity Tokyo Plaza (Mitsui Fudosan Retail Management) and DECKS Tokyo Beach (Tokyu Land SC Management), in cooperation with Visa Worldwide, will host Tokyo Shopping Week at ODAIBA, a shopping event aimed at visitors to Japan from overseas.

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New Ideas Wanted for JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2018

| Events, Travel and Tourism Events & Expo | 06/17/2018

The JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2018 - Logo

The JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2018 Now Open for Entries!

Date: Jun 12, 2018
Source: Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

TOKYO – The JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2018 campaign organized by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is now opened for entries and submissions will be accepted until 13 July 2018 at 5pm (UTC+9). The awards ceremony will be held on 19 September 2018 at Hotel New Otani, Tokyo.

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JNTO NY Office Launch “Come to Japan” Campaign for American Traveler – Grand Prize is Round Trip Airfare to Japan!

| Events, JPOP and Culture Events & Expo | 03/06/2018

JNTO - Kizuna AI

JNTO to Launch ‘Come to Japan’ Campaign With Kizuna AI, the World’s First Virtual YouTuber

Date: Mar 05, 2018
Source: Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

NEW YORK, March 5, 2018 – The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) New York Office is launching a ‘Come to Japan‘ Campaign for American travelers.

The campaign is a digital promotion element of ‘Cool Japan’, the Japanese government’s strategy to cultivate and promote Japanese culture in other countries. The campaign features Kizuna AI, the world’s first virtual YouTuber as its ambassador. Through social media platforms, including YouTube and Instagram, this campaign engages Americans and encourages them to consider Japanese travel.

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Japan trip ranked 6th in “Top 10 2018 Destinations for Americans 55+”

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 01/24/2018

Japan's Cultural Treasures Route

Overseas Adventure Travel Announces Top 10 2018 Destinations for Americans 55+

Date: Jan. 24, 2018
Source: Overseas Adventure Travel

BOSTON, Jan. 24, 2018 – Alan E. Lewis, Chairman of Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.), the leader in small groups on the road less traveled, today announced O.A.T’s “Top 10 Destinations for 2018″ based on year-to-date bookings by O.A.T.’s travelers, who are Americans aged 55 and older. More than 15,000 (15,064) travelers have booked an adventure to one (or more) of these destinations in 2018 to-date. O.A.T. anticipates 57,012 travelers overall in 2018—up from 46,247 in 2016 and 40,266 in 2013.

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Bespoke Inc.’s AI Chat Guide “Bebot” start the concierge service of ANA Holiday Inn Sendai

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 12/01/2017

Bebot - ANA Holiday Inn Sendai

Artificial Intelligence Concierge to Launch in Sendai as Bebot Comes to ANA Holiday Inn

Date: Nov 28, 2017
Source: Bespoke Inc.

- Guests in Sendai are the latest to benefit from the rapidly expanding service of the Bebot Chat Guide -

TOKYO, Nov. 28, 2017 – Holiday Inn and Bespoke Inc. are proud to announce the launch of AI chatbot service Bebot at ANA Holiday Inn Sendai, the first hotel in Sendai to offer an AI Chat Guide.

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Fukuoka Welcome Campaign start again from Oct 1st to 31st for foreign tourists. Don’t miss discount and special benefit information!

| Events, Fukuoka Events & Expo | 09/07/2017

Fukuoka Welcome Campaign

Ctrip Global Shopping to Promote Fukuoka Welcome Campaign for October 1st Holiday

Date: Sep 7, 2017
Source: Ctrip.com International Ltd.

SHANGHAI, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Ctrip.com International, Ltd., under its Ctrip Global Shopping service announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) agreement with Fukuoka Welcome Campaign. Ctrip Global Shopping and Fukuoka Welcome Campaign will cooperate to roll out products, services, marketing and promotional activities with local merchants to promote Fukuoka, Japan as a unique tourist and shopping destination to Chinese tourists.

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Japan’s local rail company TOBU collaborate with travel agency Beauty of Japan to develop travel service for foreign tourists

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 09/05/2017

Lake Chuzenji in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Tobu Railway and BOJ (BEAUTY OF JAPAN) Strengthen Product Development Targeting Tourists from Europe, the US, and Australia

Date: September 04, 2017
Source: Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.

TOKYOTobu Railway Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 9001) (Head office: Sumida-ku, Tokyo, President: Yoshizumi Nezu, hereinafter, Tobu Railway) and BOJ Inc. (Head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President: Takahiro Noguchi, hereinafter, BEAUTY OF JAPAN) have concluded a capital and business alliance agreement for strengthening the planning and sales of tours, which utilize sightseeing resources along the Tobu Line, targeting inbound tourists from Europe, the US, and Australia.

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Japan current account surplus expanded 41.7% from a year earlier to $17.5 billion

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/06/2016

Japan logs current account surplus Apr 2016

Japan logs current account surplus in April for 22nd month
Date: 6/8/2016
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan posted a current account surplus for the 22nd consecutive month in April, the government said Wednesday, as declining crude oil prices reduced imports and a rising number of foreign tourists continued to push up a travel surplus.

The current account surplus expanded 41.7 percent from a year earlier to 1.88 trillion yen ($17.5 billion), the Finance Ministry said.

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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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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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Japan marks record high 1.05 million foreign visitors in March 2014

| Travel and Tourism News | 04/23/2014

Japan marks record high 1.05 million foreign visitors in March 2014

Foreign visitors to Japan mark record
Date: Apr 23, 2014
Source: NHK WORLD

Foreign tourism in Japan hit a record high in March, thanks to a weaker yen and eased visa requirements for visitors from some Southeast Asian nations.

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