Overnight Stays By Foreign Tourists Dived In March

Overnight stays by foreign tourists dived in March

The Japan Tourism Agency says the number of foreign visitors who stayed at hotels and inns in Japan in March plunged 85.9 percent from a year earlier to 1.18 million.

Agency officials say it was the sharpest fall ever, topping an 81.3-percent fall in April 2011, just after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan.

Foreign Visitors To Japan Down 93% In March

Foreign visitors to Japan down 93% in March

The coronavirus pandemic sharply decreased the number of foreigners visiting Japan last month.

Japanese tourism officials say the figure for March was 193,700, down 93 percent from a year earlier.

Job Placement Centers To Advise Foreign Workers

Job placement centers to advise foreign workers

Japan's labor ministry says job placement centers will offer counseling to foreign workers to prevent unfair treatment by employers hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The ministry plans to deploy 40 counselors at job placement centers in areas with large numbers of foreign residents. The counselors will handle complaints from foreign workers and give advice to their employers.

Foreign Residents Seek Consultation Amid Outbreak

Foreign residents seek consultation amid outbreak

Foreign residents in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo are turning to a medical facility offering service in six languages for help amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Staff at the Kobayashi International Clinic in Yamato City can respond to patients in six languages, including English, Korean and Tagalog.

Foreign Media Questions Japan Over Disembarkation

Foreign media questions Japan over disembarkation

Foreign media are expressing doubts and concerns over the Japanese government's treatment of people who are disembarking the coronavirus- hit cruise ship. Japan is allowing those people to use public transportation and to return to their homes.

People started leaving the ship on Wednesday and will continue to disembark on Thursday and Friday.

Japan Sees Fewer Foreign Visitors In January

Japan sees fewer foreign visitors in January

Foreign visitor numbers to Japan have fallen again for a fourth straight month. Figures for January show a steep decline in tourists from South Korea.

Tourism operators are also preparing for the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. That's expected to hit the industry from February onwards.

Hotline For Foreign Tourists On Virus Concerns

Hotline for foreign tourists on virus concerns

The Japan National Tourism Organization is offering phone consultation services for foreign tourists who are concerned about the new strain of coronavirus.

The Japan Visitor Hotline offers 24-hour services in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

Videos Show Japanese Customs To Foreign Tourists

Videos show Japanese customs to foreign tourists

The Japan Tourism Agency has made video clips showing manners and customs of the country amid the rise in the number of foreign travelers.

The ten one-minute videos seek to cope with a phenomenon known as "over-tourism," which causes tensions between visitors and residents.

Govt. Mulls Japanese Protection On Foreign Ships

Govt. mulls Japanese protection on foreign ships

Japan is considering authorizing the Self-Defense Forces to take safety measures for foreign-registered ships with Japanese nationals on board if they come under attack in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet is expected to approve a plan as early as next week to send a destroyer and a patrol plane to the region. It is aimed at helping ensure the safe navigation of commercial ships.

Japan, S.korea Foreign Ministers Meet

Japan, S.Korea foreign ministers meet

The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea are believed to have discussed Seoul's decision to maintain a bilateral intelligence-sharing pact, known as GSOMIA.

Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha met in the central Japanese city of Nagoya on Saturday afternoon on the sidelines of a G20 foreign ministerial meeting.

Japan, S.korea Foreign Officials Hold Talks

Japan, S.Korea foreign officials hold talks

Senior Japanese and South Korean foreign ministry officials have met in Tokyo to discuss the issue of wartime labor and an intelligence-sharing pact that is set to expire next week.

Shigeki Takizaki, the Director-General of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and his counterpart, Kim Jung-han, the Director-General for Asian and Pacific affairs, met on Friday morning for the first time since last month.

Abe Meets Visiting Foreign Dignitaries

Abe meets visiting foreign dignitaries

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has held meetings with foreign guests visiting Japan for Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony on Tuesday.

Representatives of about 180 countries, territories and international organizations will be attending the ceremony.