Thoughts with the people of Japan, one year after the horrific disasters inflicted on their country: March 11, 2011.
More than 19,000 people died or went missing in the natural disasters, which also destroyed more than 370,000 houses.
“The devastating disaster has had an enormous impact on Japan’s inbound tourism. While many areas in Japan remained unaffected by the disaster, they are also suffering from the sudden decrease in international visitors,” Tadatoshi Mamiya, President of the Japan National Tourism Organisation
The number of tourists visiting Japan in 2011 was down by 27.8 percent on 2010 , the biggest annual fall in visitors since Japan’s National Tourist Organization began keeping records. 6.2 million international visitors travelled to Japan in 2o11 compared to 8.6 million foreign tourists in 2010.