According to Kyodo News Agency, official data released on Wednesday showed that in September this year, Japan received approximately 13,700 foreign tourists.
Under the influence of the Coronavirus pandemic, this is the sixth consecutive month that the number of foreign tourists in Japan has fallen by more than 99%.
According to data released by the Japan Tourism Agency, although the number of foreign tourists dropped by 99.4% from the same period last year, the number of overseas tourists increased in September due to the relaxation of entry restrictions for tourists with resident status in Japan. 5,000 people.
Foreign tourists entering Japan include foreigners who have entered or re-entered Japan for the first time, such as foreigners and their families, and international students, but airlines, crew members, and permanent residents are not included.
Japanese officials said that the Japanese government is expected to introduce a plan before the end of the year to restore the number of foreign tourists.
At the same time, the number of Japanese citizens who left Japan in September fell by 98.2% from the same period last year to 31,600.
The day before, preliminary data from the Ministry of Tourism of Japan showed that since its launch in July, as of the end of September, the “Go To Travel” travel subsidy program has covered 25.18 million domestic overnight travelers.
During this period, the Japanese government provided a total of 109.9 billion yen (US$1 billion) in discount subsidies to promote the tourism industry hit by the coronavirus.