Gov't Boosts Typhoon Services In Foreign Languages

Gov't boosts typhoon services in foreign languages

Japan's government is boosting information services in foreign languages about the approaching typhoon Hagibis and possible disruptions to transportation.

The move comes as Japan is attracting record numbers of tourists from overseas.

Disaster Information For Foreign Visitors Enhanced

Disaster information for foreign visitors enhanced

International visitors to Japan will have access to more information in various languages in times of disaster.

The Tourism Agency will expand its disaster information app "Safety tips" to include 14 languages by the end of March next year.

Chiba Prefecture Offers Info In Foreign Languages

Chiba Prefecture offers info in foreign languages

The Chiba Prefectural government is offering telephone consultations in 13 languages for foreign residents who may need assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Faxai.

The Chiba International Center is providing information in simple Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Nepalese, Hindi, Tagalog, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Russian and Indonesian.

Foreign Govts. Briefed On Radioactive Wastewater

Foreign govts. briefed on radioactive wastewater

Japan's government has held a briefing for foreign embassy officials on radioactive wastewater building up at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Diplomatic officials from 22 countries and regions attended Wednesday's briefing at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo. After an opening photo op, the meeting went behind closed doors.

Japan, S.korea Foreign Ministry Envoys Meet

Japan, S.Korea foreign ministry envoys meet

Senior foreign ministry officials from Japan and South Korea have met in Seoul amid strained bilateral relations over trade, wartime labor and other issues.

Director-General of the ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Kenji Kanasugi, held talks with his South Korean counterpart Kim Jung-han on Thursday.

Japan, S.korea Foreign Ministers Meet In Bangkok

Japan, S.Korea foreign ministers meet in Bangkok

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met in Bangkok on the sidelines of an international forum as bilateral relations sour over various issues.

The two top diplomats exchanged handshakes as they sat down for talks on Thursday morning, but looked stern and said nothing to reporters.

Japan-s.korea Foreign Minister Talks Expected Soon

Japan-S.Korea foreign minister talks expected soon

South Korea says the Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers will hold talks in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday.

South Korea's foreign ministry announced on Wednesday that Kang Kyung-wha and her counterpart Taro Kono will meet Thursday morning on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum in the Thai capital.

Foreign Visitors To Japan Hit Record For June

Foreign visitors to Japan hit record for June

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in June marked a record high for the month. Tourism officials point to more travelers from mainland China mainly due to the easing of visa requirements.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates that 2.88 million foreigners visited Japan last month. That's up 6.5 percent from a year earlier.

Foreign Visitors To Japan Hit Record For May

Foreign visitors to Japan hit record for May

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in May marked a record high for the month. Tourism officials attribute the increase to more travelers from mainland China due to the easing of visa requirements.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates that more than 2.77 million travelers came to the country last month. That's up 3.7 percent from a year earlier.

Tepco Told To Secure Safety For Foreign Workers

TEPCO told to secure safety for foreign workers

Japan's labor ministry has requested the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to carefully manage the safety of foreigners hired for decommissioning work.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, announced last month that it plans to allow foreigners to work at the facility through Japan's new visa program.

April Foreign Visitors To Japan Hit Monthly Record

April foreign visitors to Japan hit monthly record

The number of foreign visitors to Japan hit a monthly record in April. But year-on-year growth was moderate.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates that more than 2.92 million travelers came to the country last month. That's up 0.9 percent from a year earlier.

Tepco To Accept Foreign Workers At Fukushima Plant

TEPCO to accept foreign workers at Fukushima plant

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says it will accept foreign workers hired under Japan's new visa program for work to decommission the facility.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says it reported the decision at a meeting in late March to dozens of companies carrying out the decommissioning. The firm had not permitted foreign trainees to take part in the work.

Shinjuku Gyoen Night Event Wows Foreign Visitors

Shinjuku Gyoen night event wows foreign visitors

A national garden in central Tokyo is attracting foreign tourists by allowing them to see illuminated cherry trees and traditional performing arts during nighttime hours.

Shinjuku Gyoen usually closes for the day at 6 p.m. But in response to requests from foreign visitors, it now opens between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. for the five days from Sunday.