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Tourism Nation Promotion Basic Law

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Last Update : 2016/12/22

This section explains the Tourism Nation Promotion Basic Law, which was introduced as a House members’ bill in December 2006 and came into effect in January 2007. This law clearly positioned tourism, for the first time ever, as one of the pillars of Japanese policy in the 21st century.

Overview of the Law

  1. By revising the entirety of the old Tourism Basic Act on (1963) and renaming it the Tourism Nation Promotion Basic Law, the Japanese government positions tourism as one of the pillars of Japanese policy in the 21st century.
  2. Among other things, the law stipulates, as the fundamental principle behind measures related to achieving a tourism nation, that all policies be implemented with the understanding that the key to ensuring a good life for the people of Japan into the future is to respect region-led, innovation-oriented efforts while promoting the intake of domestic and international tourists through a sustainable evolution of vigorous regional communities capable of inspiring pride and love in its residents.
  3. The law prescribes the government to establish the Tourism Nation Promotion Basic Plan in order to promote the creation of a tourism nation in a comprehensive yet organized manner.
  4. The law also stipulates that the government identifies the following as basic policies: to develop internationally competitive and highly appealing tourism destinations, to enhance the international competitiveness of the tourism industry and develop individuals who will contribute to the promotion of tourism, to promote international tourism and to roll out measures needed to create an environment conducive to travel.