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

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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.

The number of visitors to Japan continued growing thanks chiefly to a rise in the number of flights.

But the number of visitors from South Korea declined 3.8 pct to 3,862,700 in the first half of 2019, apparently reflecting the deterioration in the bilateral relationship, mainly 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. The number of travelers from Taiwan fell 1.0 pct to 2,480,800.

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