Japan reports record number of foreign tourists

5 years ago by in Japan

Japan reported a record number of 928,500 foreign visitors in October, 31.5 percent more compared to October 2012, according to an estimate by a government body released on Wednesday.

The most numerous visitors came from Taiwan, climbing 58 percent to log a record high for the month at 213,500, while a weaker yen made Japan an attractive shopping destination, the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) said.

On the second place came South Korea with 158,300 visitors, down 5.9 percent since 2012 due to continued concerns among South Koreans over leaks of radiation-contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to the international press.

Abe’s government is worried that such issues might push away foreign tourists, threatening its goal of raising the annual number of foreign visitors above 10 million.

China was third with 121,400 visitors, also a record high for the month. Visitors from the country jumped 74.1 percent since 2012 following a dip due to a territorial row between Tokyo and Beijing over islets in the East China Sea.