A total of 11.25 million foreign visitors came to Japan in 2013, according to data by the Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau of Japan. A new record high, it is 2.08 million more than the previous year and the first time to go beyond the 10 million mark for the country. Officials from the Immigration Bureau attributes the increase with the weakening of the yen, decreasing travel costs in the country, along with lenient visa requirements for Southeast Asians.
The number indicated included visitors who were in the country for extended periods of time and made re-entries afterwards. Removing re-entrants from the list, foreign arrivals still totaled to 9.55 million, still a record high for the country and an increase of 2 million from the previous year’s record. Around 2.3 million South Koreans visited Japan last year, making it the biggest group of foreign visitors, followed by the Taiwanese with 2.16 million, and 980,000 Chinese, which does not included those coming from Hong Kong. However, Chinese visitors began to decrease after Tokyo purchased a group of islets in September 2012, which China continues to dispute ownership of and criticize Japan for.
Foreign visitors in Japan hit a previous record high of 9.44 million in 2010, which plummeted sharply after the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011 and the strong yen, with the increase in visitors growing in 2012 again. Departures by Japanese citizens, on the other hand declined by 1.02 million in 2012 to 17.47 million as the weak yen makes traveling overseas for Japanese more costly.
Comments Off on JDP Startup Corner: Pros & Cons of Working with a Partner in Japan