Japan draws more Thai visitors
- Published: 21/08/2013 at 06:04 PM
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TOKYO - The number of overseas visitors hit a record high in July due in part to relaxed visa requirements for Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, the government said Wednesday.
Men look at the menu samples in front of a noodle restaurant in Tokyo on Tuesday. Japanese food is popular among Thai visitors to Japan. (AP photo)
About 1 million people travelled to Japan last month, topping the previous record of 923,000 in April, the Japan National Tourism Organisation said.
More than 30,200 people from Thailand, the sixth-largest market, travelled to Japan in July, up 84.7% from a year ago, it said. Visitors from Malaysia increased 25.2% to 9,900.
The number of visitors from South Korea, the biggest market, rose 28.6% from a year earlier to 244,000, while that of China fell 31.5% to 140,000 amid strained ties between Tokyo and Beijing over a territorial spat, it added.
It was the first time that the number of monthly visitors topped 1 million, it said.
The government decided to waive visa requirements for short-term tourists from Thailand and Malaysia and grant multiple-entry visas for three years to visitors from the Philippines and Vietnam.
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