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Foreign visitors to Japan at 22-year low in 2020 on coronavirus curbs

People wearing protective face masks walk in front of Ginza Six, a luxury shopping complex, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
People wearing protective face masks walk in front of Ginza Six, a luxury shopping complex, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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20 Jan 2021 05:01:08 GMT9
20 Jan 2021 05:01:08 GMT9

TOKYO: The number of foreign visitors to Japan plunged 87% in 2020 to a 22-year low as the country mostly closed its borders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan National Tourism Organization data showed on Wednesday.

The number of foreign arrivals, which include tourism and business arrivals, fell to about 4.1 million last year from 31.9 million in 2019. It was the lowest annual figure since 1998. 

Reuters

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