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The Jpn gov't to invite 10,000 travelers to Japan for free

UPDATE: (Dec 27, 2011): Japan Tourism Agency announced that the program has been cancelled since it didn't pass as a governmental draft budget of FY 2012 as I mentioned in this article.

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Show your support, get organized or contact your local Embassies or Consulates of Japan and tell them that you are sorry about the disapproval of the plan and you would like it to be re-considered.


On Monday, October 10, 2011, Yomiuri reported that Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) is planning to invite 10,000 travelers to Japan for free in 2012 in order to revive the tourism industry of Japan.

They will submit the budget for Fiscal Year 2012. Then, the National Diet of Japan needs to approve the budget.

Since East Japan Great Earthquake, the number of the tourists sharply dropped. The Japanese tourism industry is still suffering from the loss.

If approved, they will start accepting the applications via online.

The applicants must submit their travel plan in addition to the passport information. The Japanese government will judge the plan, and investigate if the applicant has the intention to overstay ilegally or not. If the applicant passes, she or he will given a free round-trip ticket to Japan.

After the trip, the winner may be asked a survey and asked to give suggestions to JTA.

JTA is hoping that the winners would help promoting Japan tourism by using social media and/or blogs.

Let's hope that the Diet of Japan will approve the plan. YokosoNews will give you more updates once they make more announcements.

Katz Ueno
As the Editor-in-chief & Producer of YokosoNews, Katz wants to show Japan to the rest of the world. Read more ยป