Radiation hits Japan tourism

The Sensoji temple in the Asakusa district of the capital — the citys oldest Buddhist temple — is suffering from the side effects of the March 11 quake, the Press TV correspondent in Tokyo reported on Friday. "This is a holy area for Japanese Buddhism. People come here to get a sense of traditional Japanese culture. Many foreigners come here for that reason," said a monk at the temple. "Three or four days after the disaster, the number of foreign visitors here dropped sharply. There was not a single bus. In fact I would say the fall was some 90 to 100 percent,” Asakusa Tourism Federation Chairman Shigemi Fuji said. In Okinawa, there has been a 20 percent drop in the number of tourists. More than six percent of all jobs in Japan are related to travel and tourism.

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