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The estimated number of foreign visitors to the nation’s national parks increased to a new record of 6 million last year, with a park in Kumamoto Prefecture, which was hit by natural disasters in 2016, having enjoyed a boost, the Environment Ministry has announced.

The figure, released Monday, was up by 10 percent from 2016, according to the ministry, which is targeting 10 million annual visitors before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

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