Japan is to launch a database of people overseas who are interested in visiting the country, it has emerged.
The move is aimed at promoting tourism in the country by sending out offers from companies such as hotel operators, reports Jiji Press.
Membership of the scheme will publicised by the Japan Tourism Agency through print adverts in 12 countries, including the UK, China, South Korea, Thailand and the US.
Recent figures showed that the number of foreign holidaymakers visiting the country dropped by almost one-third (30 per cent) in January and February compared to the same time last year.
Meanwhile, visitors to Yokohama
will be able to join in with the celebrations for the city's 150th year as a port welcoming foreigners to Japan.
Among the attractions on offer during the festival
will be an exhibition exploring the history of the city, a range of scientific shows looking at pioneering new technology and the 40-tonne robotic spider known as La Machine. Written by Mark Smith