Japans government held a memorial ceremony at Kansai International Airport in Osaka on December 18 to celebrate the first time that foreign tourists visited Japan exceeded 30 million people, FNN TV reported on December 18. Japanese seafood shopkeepers sigh: Chinese tourists are so rich that eating high-grade sea urchins is like eating pudding.
In 2003, about 5 million foreign tourists visited Japan, more than 10 million in 2013 and more than 24 million in 2016. As of December 18, 2018, foreign tourists visited Japan for the first time exceeded 30 million, a six-fold increase in 15 years.
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In order to increase the number of foreign tourists, the Japanese government has begun to implement the visa relaxation policy and set a target of breaking through 40 million foreign tourists at the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
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According to our video report in the Beijing News, foreign tourists often appear in the food and seafood markets in the western part of Guanxi. Seafood shopkeepers say that because Guanxi Airport is nearby, many Chinese tourists come to the store and buy the most advanced ingredients. 4,500 yen (about 280 yuan) sea urchin eats like a pudding spoon, lamenting that Chinese tourists are too rich.
In addition, Japanese media also reported that with the rapid growth of foreign tourists, many tourist attractions have caused tourism pollution problems. For example, in the local pedestrian street of Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, many foreign tourists eat while walking and throw rubbish on the ground casually, causing trouble to Japanese residents nearby. Because residents complain that trash thrown away by tourists is everywhere, the shop has replaced the paper used to wrap the shellfish with seaweed, which can be eaten completely without leaving any garbage, said the shop clerk.
Ignoring the safety tips of the bulletin boards, there are many tourists who take dangerous photographs without authorization. Some tourists break into the courtyard of private residences without authorization, which causes great trouble to local residents.
In order to publish attractive photos on the internet, some foreign tourists took unauthorized pictures in the restricted area using UAVs without permission. In October 2018, three foreign tourists were sent to the Public Prosecutors Office for trial for operating UAVs without permission.
In order to attract foreign tourists better, the Japanese Tourism Department conducted a questionnaire survey for foreigners visiting Japan. The survey results show that the most unsatisfactory place for foreign tourists in Japan is the wireless network set up to obtain personal information of tourists.
In addition, how to arrange foreign tourists in the event of natural disasters such as earthquakes, rainstorms and typhoons has become a major problem in Japanese tourism. Its terrible, said foreign tourists who had been hit by a typhoon in Japan. They planned to go to Osaka on Monday, but they had to change their plans to Nagoya.
Source: Editor-in-Charge of Observer Network: Shi Jianlei_NBJ11331