|Above, Godzilla peers over a building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) reported that the number of foreign tourists to Japan has topped 15 million as of October 9 (the day before we departed the U.S. for Japan). The article is from the Japanese news agency Jiji Press.
The article states:
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of visitors to Japan this year had topped 15 million as of Oct. 9, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Akihiko Tamura said Wednesday.
Tamura revealed the most recent available figure at a press conference to announce foreign visitor data for September and January-September compiled by the Japan National Tourism Organization.
At a separate news conference the same day, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attributed the foreign visitor growth to progress in deregulation in the country.
According to the government-affiliated organization, the number of visitors to Japan in September stood at an estimated 1,612,300, up a sharp 46.7 percent from a year earlier, pushing up the cumulative figure for the first nine months of this year to 14,487,600, which already surpasses the full-year record of 13,413,467 marked in 2014.To read more, go here.