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Osaka offers multilingual cards with useful info for foreigners ahead of G-20

The front of a multilingual card providing QR codes of websites offering information on transportation, tourism and natural disasters for foreigners is seen. (Photo courtesy of Kansai Promotion Council for the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit)

OSAKA -- Multilingual cards providing QR codes of websites offering information on transportation, tourism and natural disasters for foreigners have been made in preparation for possible traffic restrictions due to the upcoming Group of 20 Summit of leading rich and developing nations, to be held in the western Japan city of Osaka on June 28 and 29.

The cards came in response to the lack of ways to distribute disaster information to foreign visitors -- a problem that became apparent after Typhoon Jebi hit western Japan in September 2018.

Descriptions on the card, which comes in the size of a business card, are provided in English, Chinese and Korean, along with pictograms. Users can gain access to useful websites by scanning QR codes provided on the back of the card with a smartphone.

A total of 120,000 cards were made by groups including a council established by the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments along with other bodies. The cards will be handed out at Kansai International Airport and tourist information centers in relevant areas until June 30.

(Japanese original by Yasutoshi Tsurumi, Osaka City News Department)

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