|Above, a barker announcing deals in a store in Shibuya. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
A "white paper" report on tourism to Japan was issued today, and it shows that foreign tourist spending in 2014 shot up 43%.
According to an article in The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun):
Spending by foreign visitors to Japan rose sharply in 2014, bringing certain gains to the Japanese economy, the government said in a report Tuesday.
The 2015 white paper on tourism said spending by visitors to Japan last year — such as on shopping and accommodation expenses — shot up 43.1 percent from 2013 to ¥2.03 trillion, owing to rising incomes in many other Asian countries, the high quality of Japanese products, the yen’s weakness against other major currencies and improvements to Japan’s duty-free system.
Spending by Chinese visitors accounted for 27.5 percent of the total consumption by foreign visitors as more Chinese tourists visited Japan for shopping purposes.To read more, go here.