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Foreign visitors to Japan this 2016 have already hit record: gov’t

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By Philippines News Agency

TOKYO — The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan this 2016 has already surpassed last year’s record 19.74 million, topping 20 million in only 10 months, the Japan Tourism Agency said Monday.

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A man is about to enter a Japanese restaurant during lunch time at Tokyo’s Nihombashi business district Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) Manila Bulletin

The number of visitors in the first nine months of this year was up 24.1 percent from the same period the previous year to 17.98 million and the figure is estimated to have topped the 20 million line as of Sunday, the agency said.

The rate of increase for the first nine months, however, was half the 47 percent increase logged for the whole of last year, with the yen’s appreciation and the Chinese economy’s slowdown apparently eating into growth.

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