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The number of foreign visitors entering Japan through Kansai International Airport in 2013 rose 29 percent from the year before to 4,638,311, hitting a record high for the second straight year since the airport was opened in 1994, the airport operator said Monday in a preliminary report.

The yen’s depreciation prompted more tourists to visit, while increased flights by low-cost carriers brought in tourists mostly from Southeast Asian countries, according to New Kansai International Airport Co.

The number of Japanese tourists on international routes through the airport, however, fell 5 percent to 6,872,930, according to the operator.

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