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Japan gov’t downplays drop in South Korean visitors

  • September 19, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 1:20 p.m.
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Tokyo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government Thursday downplayed the impact of August’s sharp decline in the number of visitors to Japan from South Korea, saying that visitors from other countries have been increasing.

The number of visitors to Japan from South Korea dropped 48.0 pct in August from a year before amid escalating tensions between the two countries, according to data released by the Japan National Tourism Organization on Wednesday.

The data showed that visitors from “China, the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia increased drastically,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference Thursday. The cumulative number of foreign visitors between January and August rose 3.9 pct year on year, he said.

The Japanese government “will continue working to make the country attractive to foreigners,” Suga said, adding that it will do its best to achieve its goal of raising the annual number of foreign visitors to 40 million in 2020.

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