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Japan tourism hits turbulence from Chinese coronavirus

Yearlong drop in visitors could deal $23bn blow to Japanese GDP

Tourists from China arrive at Japan's Narita Airport. Many visitors from that country have canceled travel plans due to the spread of the virus. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- China's response to the coronavirus outbreak is reverberating through Japan's services sector, as a ban on tour groups from China leaves in the lurch hotels and retailers that had been counting on the Lunar New Year travel rush.

Japan has been the most popular destination for Chinese travelers over this year's holiday break, according to China's Trip.com Group.

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