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Foreign tourists in Japan up 29% to 1.21 million in January

  • 2015-02-19 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: February 19, 2015 – p. 5)


 Foreign tourists visiting Japan increased 29% on the year to 1.21 million last month, according to data released Wednesday by the Japan National Tourism Organization.


 In addition to the weak yen making Japanese travel seem like a bargain, October’s expansion of the list of duty-free items also encouraged foreigners to visit.


 The number of Japanese going abroad declined for the eighth straight month, edging down 1% to 1.23 million.


 The largest number of tourists came from South Korea, which logged a 40% surge to 358,100. This marked the first time since data collection began in 1964 that more than 300,000 visitors came from a single location, according to the tourism organization. Chinese tourists increased 45% to 226,300, while visitors from Taiwan rose 10% to 217,000.


 While January is typically a slow period for foreign tourism, the results in this case represented an all-time high for the month. (Translated by Nikkei/edited by MATT)

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