Foreign visitors to Japan top 30 mil. in FY 2018

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The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in the fiscal year through March hit 31.62 million, up 6.2 percent from the previous year, government data showed Wednesday.

The figure for this March alone was estimated at 2.76 million, up 5.8 percent from the year before, marking a record high for the month, according to the Japan Tourism Agency.

The government has set a target of attracting 40 million foreign visitors a year by 2020, when Japan hosts the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The agency also said spending by foreign tourists in the January to March period this year rose 0.5 percent from the previous year to 1.12 trillion yen ($10 billion), still far from the government target of 8 trillion yen in 2020.

The amount spent by each foreign visitor in the three-month period was down 5.9 percent at 143,206 yen, the data showed.

Chinese travelers spent the most at 402.1 billion yen, followed by Taiwanese at 150.1 billion yen, South Koreans at 147.9 billion yen, and those from Hong Kong at 80.7 billion yen.