Tokyo, March 24 (Jiji Press)–The number of foreign visitors who were refused entry to Japan in 2016 rose 25.9 pct from the previous year to 5,805, the Justice Ministry said Friday.
The figure surpassed 5,000 for the first time in eight years.
By nationality, 1,683 Indonesians were turned away, the largest group, up 86.8 pct after inflows of visitors from the country surged under a visa waiver program.
People from Indonesia who were refused entry to Japan soared some 40 times from 40 in 2014, when visa requirements were relaxed. “An increasing number of people tend to think they can easily enter Japan because of the visa waiver,” a ministry official said.
The Indonesia total was followed by the figure for Thailand, which came to 1,002, and Taiwan, at 579.