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The number of foreign visitors to Japan fell 34.0 percent in May from a year earlier to 486,100, declining for the 10th straight month, amid the influenza pandemic and global recession, according to estimates announced by a government-affiliated body Wednesday.

The number of Japanese traveling abroad also decreased because of the new flu, down 18.6 percent to 1.03 million, despite a string of holidays early in the month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said.

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