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(Update) Visitors to Japan Hit Record 16.63 M. in Jan.-June

(Update) Visitors to Japan Hit Record 16.63 M. in Jan.-June

   Tokyo, July 17 (Jiji Press)--The estimated number of visitors to Japan in January-June grew 4.6 pct from a year before to a record high of 16,633,600, topping the 16-million threshold for the first time on a first-half basis, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday.
   Visitors to Japan continued increasing thanks chiefly to a rise in the number of flights.
   But visitors from South Korea decreased 3.8 pct to 3,862,700 in the first half of 2019, apparently reflecting the deterioration in the bilateral relationship, partly over the issue of wartime labor.
   Total visitors from mainland China surged 11.7 pct to 4,532,500, accounting for the largest share by country or region.
   Visitors from the United States rose 13.1 pct to 875,200 and those from Australia increased 10.7 pct to 326,900. Visitors from Germany were up 11.7 pct at 118,500.

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