TOKYO, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- The number of foreign visitors to Japan in October plummeted by 98.9 percent from a year ago due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, the government said in a report on Wednesday.
According to estimates by the Japan National Tourism Organization, 27,400 foreign travelers arrived in Japan in October. Among them, Vietnam accounted for the most with 6,200, followed by China with 4,500, South Korea with 2,000 and Thailand with 1,400.
Although the latest figure marked the 13th consecutive monthly decline since last October, it marked the first time the number has exceeded the 20,000 level in seven months as the government started to ease entry restrictions.
Since the figure tumbled to the lowest point this year of 1,663 in May, it has been on an upward trend after the government lifted a nationwide state of emergency over the pandemic in late May.
The latest figure included foreigners entering or re-entering Japan, such as expatriates and their families, and international students, while airline and ship crews as well as permanent residents were excluded.
Meanwhile, the number of Japanese nationals leaving the country in October plummeted 98.1 percent from a year earlier to 31,000.