Tourists wearing masks visit the Sensoji temple in Tokyo, on January 30. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead despite novel coronavirus fears. Photo: EPA-EFETourists wearing masks visit the Sensoji temple in Tokyo, on January 30. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead despite novel coronavirus fears. Photo: EPA-EFE
Tourists wearing masks visit the Sensoji temple in Tokyo, on January 30. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead despite novel coronavirus fears. Photo: EPA-EFE
Rupakjyoti Borah
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Rupakjyoti Borah

Japan’s successful wooing of Chinese tourists may be too much of a good thing

  • Mainland Chinese make up by far the biggest group of tourists in Japan, boosting the economy but also bringing overcrowding and cultural discomfort
  • Such economic reliance also runs the risk of being weaponised in a political stand-off. Diversification is the wiser bet for Japan’s tourism policy

Tourists wearing masks visit the Sensoji temple in Tokyo, on January 30. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead despite novel coronavirus fears. Photo: EPA-EFETourists wearing masks visit the Sensoji temple in Tokyo, on January 30. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead despite novel coronavirus fears. Photo: EPA-EFE
Tourists wearing masks visit the Sensoji temple in Tokyo, on January 30. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead despite novel coronavirus fears. Photo: EPA-EFE
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