Japan Sees 1st Monthly Fall in Visitors in Over 5 Years

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Tokyo, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--The number of visitors to Japan dropped for the first time in five years and eight months in September, following major natural disasters, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Tuesday.

The number is estimated at 2,159,600, down 5.3 pct year on year, the government organization said.

Many foreign tourists canceled their planned visits in the aftermath of Typhoon Jebi, which caused a temporary shutdown of Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture, as well as a powerful earthquake in Hokkaido. Both disasters occurred early in the month.

Visitors from each of the top four places of origin--mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong--were fewer than a year earlier.

In January-September, the number of inbound visitors is estimated at 23,468,500, up 10.7 pct.

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