One of the most frustrating things for tourists coming to Japan is how to get their cell phone working. A new law restricts members of the public from buying pre-paid phones without proper person identification.
Most of this good news is happening because of the increase in foreign tourists and the accompanying surge in infrastructure improvements that local investors are making to support those extra tourists.
Will Shanghai Disneyland siphon off Chinese and overseas visitors to Japan, and what other overseas facilities or events could derail Japan's ascendency as a tourist destination for the throngs in Asia?
Not just hotel funds, foreign individuals are also driving up real estate prices. They are typically starting in the big cities, but we predict it won't be long before the excitement moves out to the rural areas as well.
Overseas tourist tragedies (Egypt and Tunisia) remind us just how lucky we are with public safety in Japan, and how Japan should be selling itself as a safe destination for international tourists wanting somewhere exotic to go.