Inbound Tourism Consumption Growth Slows in Japan

Politics

Tokyo, April 18 (Jiji Press)--Growth in inbound tourism consumption in Japan slowed in January-March as shopping sprees of visitors from China waned, Japan Tourism Agency data have shown.

During the period, visitors from abroad spent a total of 1,118.2 billion yen on accommodations, eating and drinking, shopping and other activities in Japan, up 2.6 pct from a year before, according to the data released Wednesday.

The results cannot be directly compared with the year-before data, because the survey went through a methodological change. But the year-before growth stood at 7.2 pct.

The value of purchases by visitors from China decreased after the Chinese government introduced restrictions on online resale of products acquired overseas.

Separately, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday that the estimated number of visitors to Japan totaled 31,626,900 in fiscal 2018, up 6.2 pct from the previous year.

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