Japan Earthquake Effect on Japanese Tourism

Japan will need to revise the target figure for foreign visitors to the country this year following the recent massive earthquake and accidents at a nuclear plant, Tourism Agency Commissioner Hiroshi Mizohata said Friday.

Mizohota told a press conference that the agency must review the target number, which was set atu close to 11 million.   The agency plans to decide on the new target by watching changes in the number of foreign visitors, he indicated.   He also said there have been domestic trip cancellations in the wake of the quake and ensuing tsunami on March 11.

Mizohata said he hopes tourism will help revitalize Japan when reconstruction work in quake- and tsunami-affected areas makes progress.

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