May 22, 2014,17.00 JST

Foreign visitors to Japan doubled in the last decade

Summary

International tourism is one of the few promising businesses that grew strongly in the recent years in Japan. Foreign visitors to Japan doubled in the last decade and reached 10 million people for the first time in 2013, led by an increase of Asian visitors. The Japanese government has set an ambitious goal to increase the foreign visitors to 20 million in 2020 and 30 million in 2030. It is not an unachievable goal, considering the number of visitors of other countries and expected further improvement of income levels in Asian countries.

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