Japan is trying to develop its tourism industry by attracting more Muslim visitors and Malaysia is one of the countries with the greatest potential, according to Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Shigeru Nakamura.
More and more visitors came from Malaysia to Japan lately, especially after the multiple entry visa for Malaysian tourists has been implemented in Japan last year, in September.
“From January to November last year, Malaysian arrivals in Japan totaled about 113,100, an increase of 16.5 percent from the corresponding period in the previous year. Promotion of tourism between Japan and Malaysia will contribute and enhance people-to-people relations,” said Nakamura.
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) will visit Japan for technical purposes from January 29 to February 3, Nakamura added.
During this visit, the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) would sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Matta in Yokohama on January 30.
The memorandum will empower the tourism between the two countries by promoting cooperation and exchange of ideas, according to the international press.
“I hope this MoU will provide additional momentum to the Malaysia and Japan tourism collaboration to further promote the Japanese tourism industry,” said Nakamura.