The number of tourists and other visitors arriving from overseas reached 1,817,100 in August, up 63.8 percent from the same month last year. There was a surge in the number of vacationers from China, government data showed Wednesday.

A record 12.88 million foreigners are estimated to have visited Japan in the year through August, up 49.1 percent from the same period last year and a significant advance on the goal of 20 million the government wants to achieve by 2020, the year Tokyo hosts the Olympics.

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