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Taiwan, Japan eying 4 million mutual visits this year

Taiwan, Japan eying 4 million mutual visits this year

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) Travel between Taiwan and Japan is expected to reach some 4 million tourists by the end of the year, based on the current momentum, the Tourism Bureau said Thursday. The number of Japanese visitors to Taiwan has continued to soar despite the depreciation of the Japanese yen and that country's sales-tax increase, which has affected its outbound travel, tourism official Cheng Yi-ping said. According to the bureau's statistics, 1.04 million Japanese visited Taiwan in the first eight months of the year, a 17.95 percent year-on-year increase. Meanwhile, about 2 million Taiwanese tourists traveled to Japan in the same period, some 25 percent more than in the same period of last year, Cheng said. Tourism authorities on both sides are optimistic about an annual goal of 4 million mutual visits this year and 5 million in the near future, she said. To that end, both sides hold promotional events such as tourism photo contests and festivals to highlight their respective tourism products, Cheng said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)