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Tourists from Taiwan, China and South Korea accounted for 68 percent of spending by all tourists in Japan last year, according to a report by Tokyo’s de facto embassy in Taiwan.

The Interchange Association, which is responsible for relations with Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties, said international travelers spent more than ¥1.4 trillion in Japan last year, with accommodations accounting for nearly 34 percent of the total, shopping 33 percent and transportation approximately 11 percent.

The report says 90 percent of foreign visitors were satisfied with their time in Japan, and the same percentage said they intend to visit again.

Japan is a top destination among Taiwanese. The number of Taiwanese hit a record high last year amid growth of nearly 51 percent from the previous year.

The most popular destinations for Taiwanese travelers, in order of popularity, are Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Chiba and Hokkaido, according to the report.

It also says Taiwanese visitors prefer to go to Japan as independent travelers rather than in a group.

Taiwanese visitors have three main characteristics, the report says.

The first is that female visitors outnumbered their male counterparts, especially those aged between 20 and 30 years old.

Second, Taiwanese visitors’ favorite shopping items in order of popularity are snacks, clothing, over-the-counter drugs and health care products.

Finally, Taiwanese travelers obtain most of their tourism information from the Internet and request tourism booklets more often than tourists from other countries.

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