The estimated number of people who visited Japan in May jumped 31.2 pct from a year before to 875,400, topping 800,000 for the first time in the month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday.
The figure, which represents a year-on-year increase for the fourth straight month, was the third-highest monthly total ever, after 923,000 marked in April 2013 and 878,582 in July 2010, the organization said.
The weakening yen boosted the number of visitors from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand.
The U.S. dollar traded at a six-year high around the mid-108 yen level early Thursday in Tokyo amid growing speculation that interest rate hikes in the United States may come sooner than expected. (Kyodo)
Japan told a general meeting of the International Whaling Commission on Wednesday that it will continue research whaling under a new program based on an International Court of Justice ruling in March against its past hunting for scientific purposes in the Antarctic Ocean. (Jiji Press)
Following the bust of a shopping site selling shoes containing a miniature camera used to take illicit photographs, Kyoto Prefectural Police are now seeking the return of the merchandise from customers, it was revealed on Tuesday, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Sept. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko may visit Palau next year, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, to pay their respects to Japan's war dead, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
A car was partially buried due to small mudslide and three people sustained injuries after a magnitude-5.6 quake hit a wide area of Kanto region in Japan around noon on Tuesday, according to local report. (shanghaidaily.com)
The government had lifted a vehicle ban on National Route 6 through the area where residency is restricted due to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, the first time that stretch of highway has been open to automobiles since the nuclear crisis began in March 2011. (Japan Times)