Foreign Visitors to Japan Surge 22.5 Times in Oct.
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Tokyo, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)--The number of foreign visitors to Japan in October jumped some 22.5-fold from a year before to 498,600, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Wednesday.
The surge came as the Japanese government eased its COVID-19 border control measures drastically on Oct. 11 while a weaker yen helped the country attract foreign tourists.
The monthly figure soared from some 200,000 in September, posting month-on-month growth for the fourth consecutive month.
"The relaxation of border controls and the yen's depreciation created a synergy effect," Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Koichi Wada told a press conference Wednesday.
The daily number of foreign visitors averaged some 13,000 for Oct. 11 to 31, up sharply from around 2,000 for Oct. 1 to 10.
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