Japan: Free wi-fi for tourists

TOKYO, Japan - A group of 17 local governments and companies in Japan yesterday said it will start a free wi-fi service aimed at foreigners visiting Japan, Jiji Press reported.

Japan: Free wi-fi for tourists

TOKYO, Japan – A group of 17 local governments and companies in Japan yesterday said it will start a free wi-fi service aimed at foreigners visiting Japan, Jiji Press reported.

The Travel Japan wi-fi project will make the service available through a smartphone app and accessible at up to 240,000 locations across the country.

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The app will provide sightseeing and other information in English, Chinese, Korean and Thai.

The group includes Wire and Wireless Co, a subsidiary of KDDI Corp, Okinawa Prefecture, Kyoto, Kobe, Japan Airlines, JCB Co, Bic Camera Inc and Matsumoto Kiyoshi Holdings Co.

Calls for free wi-fi in Japan are growing as the number of visitors to the country has been increasing. The number topped 10 million for the first time last year.

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