|Above, a police koban in Asakusa. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Japan is increasing their efforts in extending their best in hospitality to foreign visitors.
This is even extending to how they want local police stations (kobans) to interact with foreigners.
The Japan Times reported:
Police are joining nationwide efforts to brush up on their omotenashi (hospitality) as the country experiences a surge in overseas visitors and prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The National Police Agency on Thursday ordered police forces across the country to ensure smooth communication with foreign visitors through means such as placing staff who can adequately respond to them at police stations in popular tourist spots and entertainment districts.
The agency also called on police stations to consider using telephone interpretation services or set up ad hoc police boxes in areas expected to be busy with travelers.
It also called for police to swiftly secure a translator for any non-Japanese speakers that may need to be approached for crime investigations.To read more, go here.