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Foreign visitors to Japan top 15m in record first half

Discount carriers and cruise ships spur influx

The government seeks to attract 40 million foreign visitors in 2020 when Tokyo hosts the Olympics. (Photo by Mamoru Yago)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in January to June rose 15.6 percent from a year earlier to 15.89 million, a record for the six-month period, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday.

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