Japan tourist visits to Beijing halved amid tensions
BEIJING (AP) - The number of Japanese tourists visiting Beijing fell by more than half in the first seven months of the year amid a spike in tensions between the countries, the city’s statistical bureau said on Sunday.
Japanese tourist arrivals this year fell to 136,000 up to the end of July, down 53.7 percent from the same period last year, the bureau said.
The drop follows violent anti-Japanese protests in Beijing and several other Chinese cities in September in response to complaints from the government over Japan's move to nationalise uninhabited East China Sea islands claimed by China.
Japanese businesses were torched and Japanese-brand cars were smashed despite their having been locally made.