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Japan-South Korea rift

Hokkaido tourism hit as South Koreans cancel plans amid frayed ties

Popular destinations in Kyushu also suffer from boycott in neighboring country

Tourists pose by "Hell Valley" in Noboribetsu in Hokkaido.

SAPPORO/FUKUOKA, Japan -- The tension between Tokyo and Seoul is threatening Japan's tourism boom as would-be South Korean visitors cancel air flights and hotel reservations.

The northern island of Hokkaido and the southern island of Kyushu are both popular destinations for South Korean tourists. In both places they make up a significant portion of overseas visitors and contribute to consumer spending.

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