(Yomiuri: December 22, 2015 – p. 2)
The government decided on Dec. 21 to increase budget allocations for the Tourism Agency in the proposed FY2016 budget to around 20 billion yen, or double that in the initial FY2015 budget. This is a very unusual step since the agency itself requested only 14.2 billion yen. This reflects Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga’s strong desire to develop Japan as a tourist destination and further expand infrastructures for attracting more foreign tourists.
In response to the rapid increase in foreign visitors to Japan, assistance for projects to set up Wi-Fi networks at airports, train stations, and other public transportation facilities, create systems for providing information on availability of hotel rooms, development of tourist routes, and so forth will be included.