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Number of Koreans visiting Japan drops sharply

  • September 19, 2019
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All national papers reported extensively on statistics released by the Japan Tourism Agency on Wednesday concerning the number of South Koreans who visited Japan in August. The number, 308,700, was down 48% from a year ago, marking the biggest drop since the decline following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The dailies attributed the plunge to the escalating tensions between the two governments over requisitioned workers and export controls. According to the agency, Japan is apparently no longer a popular destination for Korean businesspeople and tourists, as the number of flights between the two nations operated by Korean airlines dropped by 15% in the first week of September. If the trend continues, it will reportedly be difficult for the GOJ to achieve its goal of increasing the number of foreign tourists to Japan to 40 million per year by 2020 because South Koreans accounted for almost a quarter of foreign visitors last year.

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