Japan to Promote Tourism through Multilingual Information Centers and Free Public WiFi

The Land of the Rising Sun is already known worldwide as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. In recent years, the Japanese government even aims to further augment the number of inbound tourism as well as foreign workers in the country by relaxing its stringent immigration laws as a measure to address the chronic labor shortage in some of Japan’s key labor sectors and industries.


Since the workforce in Japan is continuously plummeting as a result of its aging population and low birthrate, the government has decided to find ways to entice more and more international tourists and encourage foreign nationals to seek employment opportunities in the country. Most of the globetrotters and travel enthusiasts who visit Japan have concerns regarding the lack of accessible multilingual information centers as well as free public WiFi.


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Despite the tremendous influx of foreign tourists in Japan, its government aspires to attract even more travellers in the coming years by setting up multilingual information centers to guide tourists and free public WiFi on three hundred public transportation routes.


In view of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in March 2020, the Japanese government seeks to establish foreign language assistance areas and public WiFI on board a hundred local bus and train routes between airports and famous tourist spots as their first step to promote inbound tourism.


The government also intends to put up high tech equipments in order to ensure smooth flowing immigration processes at Haneda airport, Hakata port in Fukuoka prefecture and Hitakatsu port in Nagasaki prefecture during the course of the Tokyo Olympics.


These are just a few of the many measures to be undertaken by the Japanese government to achieve its objective of attracting around forty million foreign visitors by 2020 when Japan will be hosting the momentous Olympic games. As of 2018, records show that about thirty one million international travellers visited Japan.


Reference: Japan to expand language assistance, free Wi-Fi for foreigners


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