19 Jun, 2015
Tokyo: The government may ease visa requirements for foreign ski instructors by March next year to cope with a recent surge in foreign tourists visiting resorts in Japan, officials said Thursday. The move comes amid rising calls from some of the nation’s prominent ski resorts asking for a greater number of foreign instructors, said a Japan Tourism Agency official who asked not to be named.
Foreign tourists numbers have jumped in recent years mainly due to a weakening yen and visa-relaxation programs for Southeast Asian countries. The recent rise in foreign visitors to ski resorts, including those in Hokkaido and Nagano Prefecture, has highlighted the need for non-Japanese instructors who can better communicate with the tourists, the official said.