Friday, 16 February 2018

(The Star) M’sia still top long-term destination among Japanese

Malaysia remains the top destination among the Japanese for long-term stays for the 11th consecutive year, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.

Japan’s consul-general to Penang Kiyoshi Itoi said there were 23,936 Japanese living in Malaysia as of October 2016 with Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Penang having the highest number.

He said Malaysia also appealed to Japanese because it is a famous medical tourism destination.

Several hospitals in Penang provided Japanese translation, which proved to be convenient for Japanese senior citizens, he said.

Other reasons that attract Japanese companies to invest in Malaysia are its friendliness towards Japan, its high English proficiency, a low risk of natural disaster, a pleasant living environment and complete infrastructure.

However, Itoi said Malaysia has to improve on its safety, as the robbery rate here was 25 times higher than that of Japan.