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(Update) Visitors to Japan Hit Record 24.82 M. in FY 2016

(Update) Visitors to Japan Hit Record 24.82 M. in FY 2016

   Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in fiscal 2016 surged 16.2 pct from the previous year to 24,823,000, reaching another record high on a fiscal-year basis, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday.
   In the year ended in March, visitors to Japan from other parts of Asia especially grew on the back of increases in the number of flights, including those operated by low-cost carriers, and of cruise ships visiting the country.
   The number of visitors from mainland China was the largest by region, at 6,549,000, up 18.2 pct.
   South Korean visitors increased by 22.3 pct to 5,424,000, Taiwanese by 7.7 pct to 4,202,000 and visitors from Hong Kong by 14.8 pct to 1,891,000. Visitors from the Unite States expanded 18.5 pct to 1,275,000.
   The government aims to boost the annual number of visitors to Japan to 40 million in 2020, when the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be held.

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