Japan suffers as Chinese tourists stay home

Japan has been counting on an influx of Chinese tourists to boost its economy, but a tiff with China over the detention of a Chinese trawler captain has taken a toll on tourist numbers.

China, which sees the detention as illegal, has suspended talks with Japan on the launching of air services between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and major Chinese cities that were scheduled to begin late next month. Japan had hoped that the services, plus recently relaxed visa rules for Chinese citizens, would bring more mainland visitors here.

Reacting to the growing tension in bilateral ties, a Chinese company has already cancelled tours to Japan next month for some 10,000 employees.

Chinese tourists are now the biggest spenders among foreign visitors to Japan, and Tokyo has been banking on an influx of these tourists to boost its annual visitor arrivals to 20 million by 2017, from 6.8 million last year.

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