The Sunday editions of all national dailies wrote that the Chinese government instructed all travel agencies to stop selling domestic and international tours as part of its effort to contain the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. The papers said the drastic measure represents the Chinese leadership’s strong concern about growing domestic and international criticism of its apparent failure to stop the spread of the virus at an early stage. Noting that Japan’s tourism industry has benefited greatly from a rapid increase in the number of Chinese visitors in the past several years, the dailies predicted China’s travel ban is likely to deal a severe blow to the GOJ’s goal of hosting 40 million foreign tourists this year since Chinese accounted for one-fourth of the foreigners who visited Japan in 2019.
The papers separately reported that Japan’s third and fourth cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both patients are Chinese nationals from Wuhan who are visiting Japan as tourists.