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Japan sets another record year for foreign visitors at 28m

Asian tourists drive growth alongside slight increases from Europe and US

Asian visitors have boosted tourism-related consumption by spending at department stores and other retailers.

TOKYO -- Japan received a record number of overseas visitors in 2017 for the fifth straight year, with the greatest growth coming from Asian countries, where low-cost air carriers are expanding service.

Visitors to Japan in 2017 jumped by 19% from the previous year to 28.69 million. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced on Friday.

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