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Monday, January 9, 2017

Japan Welcomed 24 Million Foreign Tourists In 2016

Above, Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji "Golden Pavilion". Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Japan set a new record in the number of foreigners who visited it in 2016.

The Mainichi Shimbun reported:
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The number of foreign tourists to Japan reached a record high 24.04 million in 2016, up 22 percent from the previous year and topping 20 million for the first time, the tourism minister said Tuesday. 
The pace of increase, however, was slower than 47 percent in 2015, amid a strong yen, China's economic slowdown and earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in April.
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