For the first time in 44 years, the number of foreign visitors to Japan in April has exceeded the number of Japanese departures.
According to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), the number of foreign visitors increased 33.4% compared with the same month in 2013, Fuji TV reported Friday. The total number of visitors in April was 1,231,500, the highest number ever.
On the other hand, the number of Japanese people who headed abroad was about 1.1 million, a decrease of 4.4% from April 2013. The last time the number of inbound visitors topped Japanese departures was in September 1970, Fuji reported.
A JNTO spokesperson attributed the increase in foreign visitors to a weak yen, visa waivers for some Asian countries, more flights into Haneda. The largest number -- 257,900 -- came from Taiwan, JNTO said. Greater numbers of tourists also came from China, Malaysia and Indonesia, JNTO said.© Japan Today