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The number of foreign passenger arrivals in Japan reached 7.54 million between January and May, government data showed Wednesday, as the country draws more tourists from abroad.

If the current pace is maintained for the rest of the year, the annual figure would stand at around 18 million, the Japan National Tourism Organization said. The government is aiming to achieve an annual goal of 20 million by 2020, when Tokyo will host the Olympics and Paralympics.

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