Taiwanese make up largest group to visit Japan

Taiwanese make up largest group to visit Japan

TAIPEI - Taiwanese accounted for the largest group of foreign visitors to Japan last year, with 2.82 million nationals visiting the country in 2014, Japan's de facto embassy in Taiwan announced yesterday.

In a released statement, the Interchange Association, Japan said a total of 2.82 million Taiwanese nationals visited Japan in 2014, marking the third consecutive year that the number has set a historic high.

The number has seen a 28-per cent growth in comparison with the same number a year ago.

The record-high number once again made Taiwan the largest source of foreign visitors to Japan. The last time Taiwan topped the ranking was in 1998, the association said.

The association serves as the de facto Japanese embassy in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

Meanwhile, Japanese visitors to Taiwan also saw a surge in 2014 with a total of 1.63 million Japanese nationals visiting Taiwan last year, according to statistics provided by Taiwan's Tourism Bureau.

The number stood at 1.42 million in 2013.

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