|Above, the garden of Kyoto's Nijo Castle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Striving to be at their peak in hospitality in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the Japanese government will be asking foreign tourists some personal information so that services can be better tailored to them.
According to The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun):
The government will establish a system that transcends language barriers and smoothly provides “omotenashi” hospitality services to foreign visitors.
Foreigners will be asked to volunteer personal information such as their religion, languages, food preferences and chronic diseases.
This information will then be passed on to hotels, restaurants, hospitals and other institutions in Japan.
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry has included funds in its fiscal 2016 budget request for a prototype system.To read more, go here.