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Japan|2018 Foreign Visitors to Japan Exceeds 30 million, Total Consumption Reached 4.5 Trillion Yen

Jan 29, 2019.Ichiro KumegawaTokyo, JP
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On January 16, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) published the total number of foreigners visiting Japan from January to December 2018, which equated to 31.19 million; an increase of 8.7% over the previous year and the first breakthrough of 30 million. The goal for the Japanese government is to reach 40 million people by 2020 (January to December) for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The comparison of the number of visitors to Japan in 2017 and 2018 is as follows:
No. 1  China: 7.356 million → 8.38 million (an increase of 13.9%)
No. 2  Korea: 7.14 million → 7.539 million (an increase of 5.6%)
No. 3  Taiwan: 4.564 million → 4.757 million (an increase of 4.2%)
No. 4  Hong Kong: 2.231 million → 2.207 million (−1.1%)
No. 5  US: 1.374 million → 1.526 million (an increase of 11.0%)
No. 6  Thailand: 987,000 → 11.32 million (an increase of 14.7%)

Chinese visitors to Japan are still showing a high growth in trend with Hong Kong in the top six. In addition, visitors from Thailand also showed a significant increase, breaking through 1 million people.

According to the survey conducted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on the same day, the consumption trends by foreigners visiting Japan total amount was 4,506 trillion yen. The per capita travel expenditure is 153,000 yen achieving seven consecutive years of growth since 2012 (1.1 trillion yen). This will be one of the second economic achievements conducted by the Abe Cabinet in December 2012. Looking at it, the first place is China with 1,355 billion yen (34.1%), and the per capita travel expenditure was 183,000 yen. The second place in Korea with 584.2 billion yen, and the per capita tourism expenditure is 77,490 yen. From this point of view, the per capita expenditure of Chinese visitors to Japan is quite high. In addition, the overall travel expenses and the most expensive shopping, accounting for 34.7%, followed by accommodation costs of 29.3%, food and beverage costs of 21.7%.

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