The number of foreign visitors to Japan declined during January for the fourth consecutive month, as a result of the impact of the South Korean boycott, in addition to the sharp declines expected as a result of the spread of the Coronavirus that kept Chinese travelers away.
The total number of foreign visitors, which includes tourism and business, fell by 1.1% to 2.66 million from 2.69 million in the same month last year.
South Korean visitors have fallen by 59% on yearly basis as a result of South Korea's boycott of Japanese goods and services since last year's trade dispute, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.
The number of visitors from China increased by 23%, helped by comparison with 2019 when the Chinese New Year began last February. The Chinese New Year began this year on January 25, before China halted tour groups to other countries due to the Coronavirus on January 27.
The travel ban is expected to have a sharp impact on Japan’s tourist numbers starting in February.