March 19, 2020 / 7:18 AM / 17 days ago

Foreign visitors to Japan plunge 58% in Feb on coronavirus

TOKYO, March 19 (Reuters) - The number of foreign visitors to Japan plunged 58% in February from a year earlier, government data showed on Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic takes a heavy toll on the tourism industry.

Total foreign arrivals, which include tourism and business arrivals, declined to 1.09 million from 2.60 million in the same month last year, the Japan National Tourism Organization said. It was the fifth straight month of declines.

Reporting by Ami Miyazaki; Writing by Chris Gallagher

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