The Transportation Ministry's council on tourism transport policy released a 5-year policy draft on Thursday in which it set the goal of attracting 18 million tourists a year to Japan by 2016.
The policy aims to restore faith in Japan as a tourism destination in light of last year's disaster and ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima. The policy also sets out a goal to increase the number of annual visitors to 25 million by 2020, Sankei Shimbun reported.
According to the council, 2010 saw the most visitors in a single year ever, with 8.61 million tourists entering the country, but that number dropped significantly to 6.2 million in 2011.
The plan calls for new tourism routes and attractions, and better and more travel information for foreign visitors, among other things.© Japan Today