Foreign visitors to Japan rises 7.6% in February

16th March 2017:¬†An estimated 2.04 million foreigners visited Japan in February, growing 7.6 percent from a year earlier but at a slower pace than the previous month as this year’s Lunar New Year holiday season began in China in late January, a government body said Wednesday.

Visitors from South Korea constituted the largest group at 600,000, up 22.2 percent, followed by those from China at 509,100, or up 2.0 percent, and those from Taiwan at 343,000, down 1.7 percent, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.

The figure for February — 2,035,800 visitors — was the largest for the month. It compares with 2,295,700 visitors the previous month, which were a 24.0 percent increase from the same month last year and the second-highest monthly total ever.

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