foreigners in Japan

International tourists travel to Japan, spend big at top tourist spots in Tokyo

First weekend following new entry procedures sees foreign visitors picking up loads of bargains, thanks to the weak yen.

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Japan ends travel ban on individual tourists, waives visa requirements for certain countries

Travel restrictions finally set to be lifted as country returns to pre-pandemic entry procedures. 

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Japan to reexamine individual traveler ban, politician says current relaxations insufficient

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary wants foreigners to be able to visit Japan this fall and winter.

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Who the heck is this dancing foreigner advertising products in Japan?

The mystery deepens once you enter this store.

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Japan removes tour guide requirement for foreign tourists

New entry rules go into effect next month, but the borders won’t be completely open just yet.

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Japanese government wants to encourage wealthy foreigners to travel deeper into Japan, NHK says

Agency will select areas outside major cities to promote to big-spending travelers, according to report.

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Japanese prime minster wants to increase the number of foreigners studying in Japan

Calls on Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to go beyond even already successful plan.

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way: The End

All bad things must come to an end.

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way — Part 5: The second written test

Once written, twice shy.

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Weak yen should have Japan fast-tracking reopening to foreign tourists, prominent politician says

Former prime minister thinks the exchange rate is creating an unprecedented opportunity.

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Foreigners can now apply for visas to visit fiancés living in Japan

Relaxed entry procedure now in effect.

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Japanese customer service amazes foreign soccer player eight months after unfortunate taxi ride

Danish soccer player has been winning fans in Japan, and he’s become a big fan of Japan too.

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Need a place to stay in Japan? These share houses have discounts for newly arrived foreigners

Locations available in greater Tokyo area, Hokkaido, and historical Kanazawa.

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American visits Japan, wonders why McDonald’s only sells beef bowls, not burgers

A visit to this unusual branch reveals the mystery behind the burgerless McDonald’s.

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2021 saw the sharpest ever rate of decrease of Japan’s shrinking population, more records broken

Japan’s decreasing birthrate coupled with an aging population continue to spell out doom and gloom for the future of the country. 

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Osaka woman gives foreigner Uber Eats worker fake money, thought he wouldn’t know difference

But he did.

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Japan increases entry limits, offers extra financial aid for foreign students

Plan could allow all foreign students waiting for entry to be in Japan by mid-summer.

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Japanese expat remembers the words that changed his life when he started working in Australia

Having never left Japan before, he was worried his English wasn’t good enough, but a coworker knew just what to say.

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way: The first driving test a few more times

Third time isn’t such a charm after all.

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City council in Tokyo votes on proposal to give foreign residents partial voting rights

Mayor of Musashino wants to “make the most of the diversity of our city’s residents.”

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