August 22, 2019 12:12
The number of Korean tourists visiting Japan declined by more than seven percent in July after Tokyo announced trade restriction on exports of high-tech materials to Korea.
The Japan National Tourism Organization on Wednesday said 561,700 Koreans visited Japan last month, down 7.6 percent from the same period last year. Over the first seven months of this year the number of Koreans visitors fell 4.3 percent on-year, so the decline is accelerating.
Altogether 2.99 million foreigners visited Japan last month, up 5.6 percent on-year. The biggest proportion were 1.06 million Chinese, up 19.5 percent to take up the slack.
One travel industry insider said, "It looks like there was only a single-digit decline in the number of Korean visitors to Japan, because for many people it was too late to cancel their bookings, but the decline will be steeper in August."
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