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Visitors to Japan dive 99.3 pct in Feb.

  • March 17, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:53 p.m.
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Tokyo, March 17 (Jiji Press)–The estimated number of visitors to Japan in February plunged 99.3 pct from a year before to 7,400, due to tighter entry regulations aimed at preventing a further spread of new coronavirus variants, government data showed Wednesday.

 

The number fell sharply from 46,500 in January, standing below 10,000 for the first time in six months, the Japan National Tourism Organization said.

 

By country or region, the number of visitors from Vietnam dived to 200 from 20,000 in January, while that of those from mainland China declined to 1,700 from 10,200. Visitors from South Korean totaled 900, down from 2,500.

 

Recent visitors had mostly been technical interns or students. A recovery led by them appeared to be pausing.

 

One year has passed since the number of visitors started falling sharply due to the coronavirus crisis. There is no prospect in sight for a full recovery although many countries have begun COVID-19 vaccinations, pundits said.

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