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Friday, February 24, 2017

Hiroshima A-Bomb Museum Attracted 1.6 Million Visitors

Above, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Japan set a new record in tourism in 2016 by attracting 24 million foreign visitors.

Along with that, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum also set a record in the number of visitors during fiscal year 2016.

According to Kyodo News:
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum drew a record of nearly 1.6 million visitors in the year ending March, with visitor numbers rising in the wake of former U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit. 
As of Friday, the number of visitors eclipsed the previous record of 1,593,280 set in fiscal 1999, and the figure is likely to reach around 1.73 million by the end of March, the museum said. 
Following Obama's visit to the city as the first sitting U.S. leader in late May last year, the number of visitors to the museum rose 40 percent from a year earlier in June and July.

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