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Japanese far behind peers in foreign travel, says sector leader

Top travel agency sees slow tourism recovery on weak yen, economy fears

Hiroyuki Takahashi, chairman of JTB says Japanese fears of COVID infection is holding back a recovery in the outbound tourism industry. (Source photos by JTB and Atsushi Ooka)

TOKYO -- Japanese fears of COVID infection are holding back a recovery in outbound tourism and causing the country to fall behind its peers in this segment, warned the chairman of Japan's top travel agency.

"The movement of people is quite rapidly recovering globally," Hiroyuki Takahashi, chairman of JTB Corp. and the Japan Association of Travel Agents, told Nikkei Asia in a recent online interview. "Japan lags behind, especially in outbound recovery."

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