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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan's ambitious tourism goal rocked by Asia geopolitics

South Korean visitors to Japan plunges nearly 60% in September

Traffic from South Korean visitors has dropped at several tourists spots in Japan, such as Osaka Castle. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- Tensions with South Korea and the turmoil in Hong Kong are casting a shadow over Japan's goal of drawing an annual 40 million tourists by next year.

September figures released Wednesday showed a clear trend of South Koreans, long a mainstay of Japan's tourism industry, booking trips elsewhere.

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