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Ministry of Justice Announces Final Number of Outbound Travelers for 2008; Declines Evident in All Localities, Ages

April 6th, 2009 Comments off
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The Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice released the final number of Japanese outbound travelers for 2008 which stood at 15,987,250, down 7.6 percent from the previous year (cf. 15,987,240 in preliminary figure). In terms of travelers’ domicile, all prefectures from Hokkaido to Okinawa recorded a decline, and there were no age groups that showed a positive growth.

Seventeen prefectures registered a double-digit decline with Kochi suffering the biggest drop of 15.6 percent (a decrease of 32,260 people), followed by Toyama’s 13.5 percent (78,603 people), and Iwate’s 12.3 percent (45,623 people). In the actual number of travelers by locality, top ranking metropolis/prefectures are Tokyo (3,046,025 people, -5.3%), Kanagawa (1,747,262, -7%), Osaka (1,217,127, -8.9%), and Aichi (1,082,853, -7.9%), and this order in the ranking is fixed since 2004. Tokyo was the smallest in the range of decline in all prefectures. Meanwhile, Chiba (999,783 people, -7.2%) and Saitama (960,840 people, -8.6%), both following on the heels of Aichi, kept No. 5 and No. 6 spots respectively as they did before, but fell short of a million travelers this time.

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Japanese Outbound Travelers Declined to 15,990,000 in 2008, Estimates Ministry of Justice. Foreign Visitor Arrivals Also Slightly Down

January 19th, 2009 Comments off
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According to the preliminary figures released by the Immigration Bureau of Ministry of Justice, the number of Japanese overseas travelers fell by 7.6% in 2008 to 15,987,240, registering a year-on-year decline as it happened in 2007 in comparison to 2006. The number failed to reach 16,000,000 for the first time since 2003 when it dropped by 19.5% to 13,296,330 due to an outbreak of SARS. Before then, it was in 1998 when the number had fallen below 16,000,000l to 15,806,218, down by 5.9%.

The number of international arrivals edged down by 0.06% to 9,146,416 including the foreign residents in Japan. The Ten Million International Visitor Program launched by the Tourism Nation Promotion Basic Plan does not include foreign residents, but the aggregated number of the international arrivals anyhow declined also for the first time since 2003 when tourism was disrupted by SARS.

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Number of Japanese October Outbound Travelers Down 9.5 Percent to 1,343,000, Reports JNTO. Foreign Visitor Arrivals Continue to Drop

December 1st, 2008 Comments off
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Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) revealed that the number of Japanese outbound travelers in October 2008 declined 9.5 percent to 1,343,000, registering a year-on-year decrease for 18 consecutive months. The decline, as JNTO analyzes, resulted from negative factors that include a loss of consumer confidence due to the current flagging economy and the increasing travel costs because of the soaring jet fuel prices.

Having said that, JNTO points out that the recent appreciating Japanese yen is helping to encourage travelers to head for some short-haul destinations such as Korea and elsewhere.

The number of foreign visitor arrivals fell 5.9 percent to 739,000, posting a year-on-year drop for the past three months in a row. While the number of visitor arrivals from Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and France was record-high for the month of October, the number of foreign visitors from Korea, Taiwan, China, Australia, U.S., Canada, England and Germany declined.

JNTO reports, however, “An economic crisis does not last forever. In fact, even when our inbound travel market suffered the longest recession with a year-on-year decrease during the Asian currency crisis, a quick recovery was in sight after 12 months.”

JNTO concludes in its report that it has made a positive forecast, eying the medium- and long-term potential growth in the travel market as well as the immediate problems, citing, “A desire for traveling never fades away, and, in the medium- and long-term prospect, our inbound travel market will regain its potential growth.”

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Travel Vision Inc. provides information on the travel industry in Japan via "Daily Travel Vision", a Japanese-language e-mail newsletter, and the "Travel Vision" website. There are nearly 110,000 people working in the Japanese travel industry, and Travel Vision is proud to be bringing travel news to more than 30,000 people through Daily Travel Vision.

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