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Japan Tourism Agency

Source: Japan Tourism Agency

In an effort to ease anxieties that tourists to Japan might have concering radioactivity or radiation exposure, the Japan Tourism Agency released this report based on the estimated radiation exposure or the amount of radioactivity that would be found in a typical three-meal day.


The findings were provided in 4 languages: English, Chinese, (both traditional and simplified) and Korean, and these translations will be used in future for promoting tourism from abroad.

LCC

Source: TravelVision

Air Asia X (D7) is planning to offer flight services in 2013, through both Narita international, Kansai international, and some local Japanese airports in an effort to expand Japan's flight routes. We were able to grab an exclusive interview with CEO Azran Osman-Rani and D7 Japan branch president, MR Tsubokawa.

New service

Source: Sankei news

On July 4, Kyoto city announced the new arrival of [KYOTO_WiFi], a free wireless LAN access setup in 630 locations, for tourist use. Now, both domestic and international visitors to the city can gain Internet access and 'tourist hotspot' intel from various locations such as bus stops, metro stations, convenience stores and so on. Fukuoka city has adatped the same program, however, Kyoto is the nation's first to offer over 100 locations.

Japan Tourism Agency

Source: Japan Tourism Agency

Japan Tourism Agency to work together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and cooperating more strongly with JNTO offices overseas and other government establishments overseas. The plan is to coordinate 48 events and exhibits throughout 23 oversea markets. The idea is to make use of strengths and resources held by government establishments overseas in order to achieve an effective and efficient inbound promotion.

http://www.mlit.go.jp/kankocho/news08_000114.html

New facilities

Source: asahi.com

Saitama city started a service where interpreters are on call on 119 dial, emergency call for medical and fire incidents, serving foreigners 24 hours 365 days. The old automatic guidance system has been replaced by this new system with translators due to the fact that detailed information could not be obtained and there had been feedback from foreigners that a more detailed service was in need.

http://mytown.asahi.com/saitama/news.php?k_id=11000001206100002

Media

Source: Record China

The 7th Journalist conference between Japan and China was held between June 2nd and 6th in Okinawa. On June 3rd, 10 Chinese journalists, participants of the conference, visited the Prefectural museum for another meeting. They talked about the attractive points of Okinawa from the view of Chinese tourists.

http://www.recordchina.co.jp/group.php?groupid=61846&type=

New facilities

Source: asahi.com

Travelex Japan, the Japanese branch of Travelex, opens a new currency exchange outlet in Echika situated in Ginza. This store will also offer Western Union International Remittance Service soon. Travelex Japan will have opened 6 new shops in Japan this year, a total of 65 so far.

http://www.asahi.com/business/pressrelease/PRT201206060068.html

Regional inbound activities

Source: SankeiBiz

The newly opened café "Komorebi" has been a new popular spot for tourists. This café was once an old wooden ryokan which had closed in Toyooka hot spring area last year. Komorebi was opened to provide foreign tourists a restful place during hot spring hunting around the town.

http://www.sankeibiz.jp/econome/news/120605/ece1206051655000-n1.htm

Source: Minna no kuko Shinbun

On May 30th the new low cost airline "Air Asia Japan", a joint investment of ANA and Air Asia, released the prices of 3 domestic routes due to start next August.

http://airportnews.jp/headline/953/

New facilities

Source: SankeiBiz

Tokyo Sky Tree, opening on May 22, is estimated to welcome 32 million people in its first year. The huge complex in the less developed part of Tokyo is likely to change tourist behavior in the area. With the "tree" effect, the area has already seen many visitors enjoying the old part of the town.

http://www.sankeibiz.jp/compliance/news/120522/cpd1205220902010-n1.htm

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