Tourists on a busy street in Asakusa, Tokyo, contributing to what Japan is calling its “tourism pollution”. Picture: Kyodo Tourists on a busy street in Asakusa, Tokyo, contributing to what Japan is calling its “tourism pollution”. Picture: Kyodo
Tourists on a busy street in Asakusa, Tokyo, contributing to what Japan is calling its “tourism pollution”. Picture: Kyodo
Mercedes Hutton
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The Japanese who see tourists as ‘pollution’ and why more Chinese visitors, with casinos as lure, won’t fix the problem

Japan’s leaders see boosting tourism as good business, but its efforts to lure more visitors, particularly from China, by allowing casinos could backfire given public and media opposition

Tourists on a busy street in Asakusa, Tokyo, contributing to what Japan is calling its “tourism pollution”. Picture: Kyodo Tourists on a busy street in Asakusa, Tokyo, contributing to what Japan is calling its “tourism pollution”. Picture: Kyodo
Tourists on a busy street in Asakusa, Tokyo, contributing to what Japan is calling its “tourism pollution”. Picture: Kyodo
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.