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South Korean passengers to Narita down more than a third this summer amid Tokyo-Seoul tensions

JIJI

The number of South Koreans who entered Japan via Narita Airport for short stays during the summer holiday period from Aug. 9 to 18 totaled 12,260, down 34.7 percent from the same period a year earlier, a government bureau announced Friday.

The drop in travelers, released by the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau’s Narita Airport District Immigration Office, is apparently attributed to the recent rise in tensions between the Japanese and South Korean governments. Tourists make up a majority of those arriving for short stays.

The bureau also said that 58,200 people flew to South Korea from the airport during the same period, up 4.3 percent.

People flying from and to Hong Kong for short stays saw steep drops of 10.1 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively, amid multiple flight cancellations caused by large-scale protests that shut down Hong Kong International Airport.

The total number of people who flew in or out of the country via Narita during the same period stood at 1,056,680, up 4.6 percent.