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29 Aug, 2013

China package tour sales from Japan down 75% – Japan Times

People who bought or reserved China-bound package tours for the April to September period at four major Japanese travel agencies fell to one-fourth of the previous year’s level amid soured bilateral ties and concerns over air pollution on the continent, the agencies’ data showed Tuesday.

As of late July, 6,302 people had bought or reserved such tours at JTB Corp., Nippon Travel Agency Co., Jalpak Co. and KNT Co., down 75.2 percent from a year earlier.

The finding came ahead of the first anniversary of the government’s effective nationalization last September of the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. China in recent years has also claimed the islets, which it calls the Diaoyu.

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