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Japan to post record-breaking tourism numbers in 2014

Japan to post record-breaking tourism numbers in 2014
By AFP
December 22, 2014

(Relaxnews) - The falling yen, a rise in international flights to Tokyo and relaxed visa requirements have helped drive a record number of international visitors to Japan in 2014, with numbers expected to exceed 13 million by the end of the year.

The falling yen, a rise in international flights to Tokyo and relaxed visa requirements have helped drive a record number of international visitors to Japan in 2014, with numbers expected to exceed 13 million by the end of the year.

According to new numbers released by the Japan National Tourism Organization, about 12.2 million visitors descended on Japan between January and November of this year, up an impressive 30 percent from the corresponding period last year, reported The Japan Times.

The latest numbers shatter last year's record-breaking performance, when the country received 10.4 million visitors by October.

In addition to a falling yen, increased flight options and relaxed visa requirements for Southeast Asian countries, the national tourism agency noted a rise in visitors from mainland China and Hong Kong, attracted by the addition of cosmetics and alcohol to duty-free outlets.

In terms of biggest source markets, Taiwanese visitors accounted for the largest group with 2.6 million travelers between January and November, representing a 27 percent increase from the same period in 2013.

Following Taiwan, 2.5 million South Korean visitors traveled to Japan (up 9 percent from 2013), while 2.2 million visitors from mainland China traveled to the country -- a whopping 82 percent increase from last year.

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