Japan Sees 58 Pct Slump in S. Korean Visitors in Sept.

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--The number of South Korean visitors to Japan in September dived 58.1 pct from a year before to 201,200, reflecting soured bilateral ties over history and trade issues, a government estimate showed on Wednesday.

The South Korean visitor figure was down for the third consecutive month, and the September decline was even steeper than the previous month's fall of about 50 pct, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.

The total of foreign visitors in September, meanwhile, is estimated at 2,272,900, up 5.2 pct, including 819,100 from China, up 25.5 pct.

The Rugby World Cup being held in Japan from late September apparently led to jumps in the number of visitors from Europe and Australia.

In particular, the number of British visitors shot up 84.4 pct to 49,600, a record high for any month.

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