Japanese cut visits to South Korea


South Korea saw Japanese visitors plunge in October-December to their lowest level in six quarters, Yonhap news agency said.

The drop reflected the won’s appreciation against the yen, in addition to frayed bilateral ties over the disputed Sea of Japan islets known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.

Japanese visitors were estimated at 746,000 in the final quarter of 2012, down some 23 percent from the year before and about 22 percent from the previous quarter, Yonhap said Thursday, citing government data. It was the lowest since April-June 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake that March.