S. Korean Visitors to Japan Down 65.5 Pct in Oct.


Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--The estimated number of South Korean visitors to Japan in October dropped 65.5 pct from a year before to 197,300, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday.

The plunge is believed to have reflected the deterioration in the relationship between Japan and South Korea over wartime labor and other issues.

The overall number of visitors to Japan fell back, by 5.5 pct to an estimated 2,496,600, according to the preliminary October report. The decline came also because powerful Typhoon Hagibis, which mainly hit central and eastern Japan in mid-October, kept foreigners from traveling to the country.

Visitors from mainland China increased by a scant 2.1 pct to 730,600, following 25.5 pct growth in September.

In the first 10 months of this year, the number of visitors to Japan came to 26,914,400, up 3.1 from a year before, the JNTO said.

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