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Japan rides huge, income-boosting tourism boom with a weak yen

Tourists surround wild monkeys in a hot spring at the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park in Yamanouchi town, Nagano prefecture. A total of 19.7 million people visited Japan last year and spent 3.38 trillion yen during their stay.


THE number of tourists and other foreign visitors to Japan leapt dramatically last year, as did their total spending in the country, putting tourism on a par with motor-vehicle parts exports in terms of its contribution to Japanese national income.

A total of 19.7 million