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The number of Japanese tourists visiting Britain increased 30 percent in the first half of the year over the same period last year, according to the British tourism authority.

VisitBritain said 155,000 Japanese came to Britain in the first half, contributing to a record number of international visitors.

“Britain, and in particular London, has always been a popular destination for Japanese tourists, so it is good to see numbers picking up again,” Elliot Frisby, senior press officer for VisitBritain, said.

He attributed the surge in visitors in part to the “Year of the Garden,” which has seen many of Britain’s national gardens opened to the public.

Frisby also attributed the recent rise in tourism to a growing confidence in traveling after several major global setbacks.

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