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The estimated number of overseas visitors to Japan reached a record high 31.19 million in 2018, up 8.7 percent from the previous year and rising for the seventh straight year, the tourism minister said Friday.

Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii credited the growth to the relaxation of visa requirements for travelers from Russia, India, the Philippines and other countries, as well as promotions overseas.

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