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Japan hosted over 24 million foreign visitors in 2016

Riding five years of growth, government pushes toward massive 2020 target

A record number of foreign tourists packed Japan in 2016.

TOKYO -- Japan's Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii said on Tuesday the number of foreign visitors to Japan rose around 20% last year to 24.039 million, marking a record figure and a five-year growth streak. Visitors from Southeast Asia notably increased.

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