South Korean Visitors to Japan Drop 7.6 Pct in July

Politics Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)--The estimated number of South Korean visitors to Japan in July fell 7.6 pct from a year before to 561,700, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday.

The number of South Korean visitors to Japan, the second highest by country or region after China, has been sluggish due to a slump in the South Korean economy.

In addition, an increasing number of South Korean people refrained from visiting Japan after tensions between the two countries escalated following Tokyo's decision in early July to tighten controls on semiconductor materials exports to South Korea.

The pace of decline in the number of South Korean visitors to Japan may accelerate as South Korean airlines have been scaling down their flights between the two Asian countries, sources familiar with the situation said.

Effects from the tensions between Japan and South Korea have started emerging, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Hiroshi Tabata told a press conference.

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