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5:24 pm - 10/13/2011

Japan Times version: 10,000 to get free flights to Japan + another possibilities for Uni student

Staff writer

The Japan Tourism Agency said Tuesday that 10,000 foreigners will be given free round-trip tickets to the country in the next fiscal year as part of a campaign to reverse the plunge in tourists since the March 11 disasters and amid a prohibitively high yen.

The agency said it will open a website to solicit applicants. They will be required to answer questions on postquake tourism in Japan and what their travel goals are in the country.

The successful applicants will receive return air tickets but will have to pay for their accommodations and other expenses, said Shuichi Kameyama, head of the agency's international tourism promotion division.

The agency has requested ¥1.1 billion in the fiscal 2012 budget to cover the campaign, he said.
During or after their visits, the agency will ask the recipients to post on blogs or other online social media about their stay in Japan, hoping positive feedback will lure more visitors.

Officials said fear of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and the soaring yen are discouraging foreigners from visiting and it may take years before international tourism rebounds to the prequake level, let alone achieves the agency's goal of drawing 30 million foreign travelers a year. Officials agree that promoting tourism is vital for Japan to help offset domestic demand and to revitalize regional economies.

"First and foremost, we will need to show (the world) that Japan is a good place to visit," Kameyama said.

The agency said it came up with the idea after an online survey of 2,000 people around the world in August indicated many would trust what their fellow countrymen say about traveling in Japan.

Free trip aims to reassure intl students

The education ministry plans to invite 150 foreign university students who are interested in studying in Japan to join free "trial study trips" to this nation, it was learned Wednesday.

The about-two-week trips, which will include visits to areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, were conceived as a response to the trend of foreign students canceling plans to study in Japan since the March 11 disaster.

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry plans to invite 150 students from resource-rich countries--including some in the Middle East--as well as the United States and European countries, where interest in nuclear power issues is high, according to ministry sources.

According to the ministry, of 5,600 foreign students who were scheduled to study in Japan this year, 600 canceled their plans.
The ministry has allocated 100 million yen to the program in a third fiscal 2011 supplementary budget, which is to be submitted to the next extraordinary Diet session. After the budget is passed by the Diet, the program will be implemented.

The program will enable the foreign students to converse with local government officials involved in reconstruction efforts in disaster-hit areas, shop owners, and members and officials of fishery cooperatives and nonprofit organizations. The program will also likely include exchanges with Japanese university students, the sources said.

The ministry hopes the foreign students who take part in the program will see that progress is being made toward bringing the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant under control, and that studying in Japan thus involves no safety concerns, the sources explained.

The ministry expects that after the students return home, they will provide others in their countries with accurate information by reporting on what they saw and heard in Japan, the sources said.

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....I shall kick myself on the butt for not sending that scholarship application to Japan. My own fault :3 Well, hope the program succeeded *cross fingers*
the other version of this news, that I posted before, is here

riapi 13th-Oct-2011 11:33 am (UTC)
i wanna~!!!!
oh, and will we be welcomed by the tourism ambassadors there?? :> fufufu
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katzsong 13th-Oct-2011 11:41 am (UTC)
well, I wish I was a uni student again XD. I think we shall wait for more news/details. I'll let you know/post again if I find more :)
zomboid 13th-Oct-2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
You should apply for JASSO! (Although if you get into Sophia as an intl, they should already apply for you... so make sure to talk with the counselor about that!) Jasso is a 60,000yen monthly stipend to help with your bills. :D It helped me a lot when I studied abroad there.
lovely_tunes 13th-Oct-2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
the application site can't open soon enough, but damn, what are the odds to get in?

no one really says 'No' to free stuff after all
hazel_darlene 13th-Oct-2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
how do you apply for the trip to japan?
katzsong 13th-Oct-2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
Idk about the uni student. That still wait for more news.
Meanwhile for the 10.000 trips, still wait for budget approval. hopefully it will go through. You can check the updates here:
naoki_aizawa 13th-Oct-2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
thanks god i'm still a uni student :3
how to apply it? really want to apply OMG!! >_
minam_shi 13th-Oct-2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
I'm really looking forward more details about the 10 000 trips.
I hope I could apply because I want to go in Japan in August 2012 but I will be only 18, I wonder if they prefer someone older to make a better repport :o
I also want to study one or two semester in Japan when I will study languages in University but I'm still in Highschool now and I will probably study in Japan in 2013 or 2014, I guess this probably will end before ^^'
mintceres 13th-Oct-2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
okay, sucks that I'll be graduating in ~ july 2012 unless I flunk my exams which I dont hope.
rebirthreborn 13th-Oct-2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
potetofurai 13th-Oct-2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a really cool thing for uni students! If I wasn't already going in March then I'd apply!!!

I was one of those 600 students who had to cancel. My school canceled for me bawww
solarplexis 13th-Oct-2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
So for the 10,000 tickets, it's only for the return flight, not round-trip?
kinenbi 13th-Oct-2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Is this only for British students?
go_chan2011 13th-Oct-2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh my I want this so badly!! >_
rhosking 13th-Oct-2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
I hope they will have something for doctoral students, I'm currently having to apply within my own earthquake devastated University here in New Zealand for funding so I can spend time as a visiting researcher there next year :/
bonbon_berry 13th-Oct-2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
Right, those 600 students canceling their plans had everything to do with the earthquake and nothing to do with the 1000$ air plane ticket or 30,000$ proof of financial stability you gotta show to even be accepted for a student visa.

kat_desu 13th-Oct-2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
too bad I already graduated. >_<'
but still waiting for that free trip.... *-*
aishayue 14th-Oct-2011 12:34 am (UTC)
I wanna~~~~~ T^T OMG!!!
mint_choco21 14th-Oct-2011 01:49 am (UTC)
I just read this:

Regarding articles that "JAPAN OFFERS 10,000 FREE FLIGHTS TO FOREIGNERS"

Thank you very much for your interest in visiting Japan.

Recently a number of media outlets have publicized reports about ”Japan offering 10,000 free flights to foreigners”.  However, this initiative to be carried out from April 2012 onwards is still under examination for government budgetary approval and is at this moment undecided.

If the initiative is confirmed and put into operation, Japan Tourism Agency will officially announce details on this website.

Warning: There have been reports in some countries about acts of fraud related to this media report. The Japanese government has not committed to provide free flight tickets to Japan to anybody. Please be careful not to get caught up in this kind of fraud.

katzsong 14th-Oct-2011 06:51 am (UTC)
Yes, I know. That's why in my previous post, I did put the JNTO website link.

Thanks for reminding us ^^
blahblah Japan Times version: 10,000 to get free flights to Japan + another possibilities for Uni student14th-Oct-2011 11:25 am (UTC)
I want to go!!!
Thanks for sharing the info~
kuzechan 14th-Oct-2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
I wanttt. :( too bad I just graduated in May. T_T
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