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.

Children Try To Help Foreign Tourists In English

Children try to help foreign tourists in English

Elementary and junior high school students in Japan's northern prefecture of Miyagi have practiced helping foreign tourists visiting a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

About 250,000 people visit the Hitome Senbon-zakura area every year, where there are many cherry trees along the Shiroishi riverside. More and more foreign tourists are visiting the cherry blossom spot from Thailand, Hong Kong and other countries.

Foreign Games Officials To Get Residency

Foreign games officials to get residency

Japan's Justice Ministry plans to grant resident status to foreign officials who will make long-term stays in the country to work for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

The ministry hopes that the measure will enable smooth preparations and management of the games and the handover to the 2024 Games in Paris.

Emperor's Last Meeting With Foreign Dignitaries

Emperor's last meeting with foreign dignitaries

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have met with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela and his wife at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
This was the last meeting the Emperor held with heads of states and foreign dignitaries before his planned abdication on April 30.

The first couple of Panama arrived at the palace on Thursday afternoon. The Imperial couple welcomed the guests at the entrance.

8,400 Foreign Kids May Fail To Attend School

8,400 foreign kids may fail to attend school

NHK has discovered that as many as 8,400 foreign children living in Japan may not be attending school.

These children are not covered by annual surveys on school attendance conducted by central and local governments. Nine years of education, from elementary to junior high school level, are compulsory only for Japanese citizens.

Survey Highlights Harsh Labor For Foreign Interns

Survey highlights harsh labor for foreign interns

Japan's Justice Ministry has found more than 700 new cases of suspected labor law violations involving employers of foreign technical interns who fled their work.

The ministry reexamined the results of interviews with 5,218 interns who left their workplaces between January 2017 and last September.

Ministries Probe 700 Missing Foreign Students

Ministries probe 700 missing foreign students

Japan's government has investigated a university in Tokyo where hundreds of foreign students remain unaccounted for.

Officials from the education and justice ministries on Tuesday inspected the offices at Tokyo University and Graduate School of Social Welfare's campus in Kita ward.

Ministry May Ease Restrictions On Foreign Trainees

Ministry may ease restrictions on foreign trainees

The labor ministry is considering easing the restrictions on technical trainees from other countries.

Under the current program, employers have to compile a detailed job description for each foreign trainee. But small and medium-sized firms often require workers to carry out multiple tasks.

Izumo Hopes New English Website Will Woo More Foreign Tourists

Izumo hopes new English website will woo more foreign tourists

IZUMO, Shimane Prefecture--It's "the land of the gods," and home to Izumo Taisha shrine, where all Japan's deities are said to assemble each October, but this city still isn't on the radar for most foreign tourists.

To convey the charms of the city connected to a myriad of myths and legends, Izumo's city government created "Ancient Japan, Izumo," its first English-language website, and enlisted two foreigners to write for it.

Japan To Conduct Nationwide Foreign Resident Study

Japan to conduct nationwide foreign resident study

The Japanese government will conduct a nationwide survey of foreign residents as part of preparations to accept more foreign workers beginning in April.

The Justice Ministry plans to conduct the study in anticipation of an increase in the number of foreigners living in Japan.